Topsy-turvy game goes Perth’s way
PERTH defeated its crosstown rivals by four wickets at Richardson Park in a low-scoring, topsy-turvy encounter on Sunday.
The decision from Perth to send the home team in to bat looked to pay off immediately, with Jacob Van Galen dismissing openers Braydon Meuleman and Brandon Guest.
However, at 2-36, Darius D’Silva hit the crease and instantly made an impact.
Unfortunately for South Perth, D’Silva’s hardfought innings of 62 runs came to an end at 7-146 and so too did the resistance, as Nicholas and Van Galen helped to clean up the tail and bowl the home side out for 172.
With a tricky target set, Perth’s run chase struggled to gain any momentum early, largely due to Alex Bevilaqua, who took three of the first four wickets to have Perth struggling at 443.
With the match in danger of escaping, Sean Roberts and Jacob Snadden turned the match on its head with a superb 75-run fifth-wicket partnership to eventually claim an impressive four-wicket win in the 40th over.
ALTHOUGH they lost the following day, South Perth commenced its season in style with an epic final-ball, one-run win over Mt Lawley at Breckler Park on Saturday.
South Perth ended its innings at 8-198 after batting out the 50 overs.
With only five runs needed for victory and one wicket left, the Hawks reduced the deficit to one – or two to win – with just a single ball remaining. But D’Silva was once again the man, taking the final wicket for South Perth.
PERTH won a high-scoring affair against Joondalup at Fletcher Park on Saturday, launching its season with an impressive three-wicket victory at Fletcher Park.