Fight­ing shot for Perth mi­nor premier­ship

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH has a fight­ing chance of keep­ing alive its Premier Cricket mi­nor premier­ship hopes af­ter an event­ful first day against lead­ers Rockingham-Man­durah at Fletcher Park on Satur­day.

In the penul­ti­mate round of the reg­u­lar sea­son, Jonathan Wells played a lone hand, scor­ing a half­cen­tury as Perth was bun­dled out for 150 af­ter win­ning the toss.

Josh Ni­cholas re­newed hope for the Demons, tak­ing a five-wicket haul to re­duce the Mariners to 6102.

Perth needs to de­feat the Mariners to have any hope of fin- ish­ing top, with 11 points cur­rently sep­a­rat­ing the two clubs.

South Perth strug­gled for reg­u­lar part­ner­ships as it was bun­dled out for 170 against Clare­mont-Ned­lands at Richard­son Park, but Hil­ton Cartwright pro­duced a bril­liant late spell to of­fer hope.

Hugh Brown top scored with 52, while Nick Mitchell scored a pa­tient 38.

Cartwright did late dam­age with the ball, re­duc­ing the Tigers to 3-27.

The WA all-rounder took 3-12 in five overs to push the game back into the Sky Blues’ favour.

Jonathan Wells had a half-cen­tury.

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