Bag of eight sparks up­set

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

JOSH Ni­cholas took a ca­reerbest eight-wicket haul as Perth blew the Premier Cricket mi­nor premier­ship race wide open with vic­tory over Rockingham-Man­durah at Fletcher Park on Satur­day.

Ni­cholas was the star tak­ing 8-65 to rip apart the Mariners bat­ting line-up af­ter they re­sumed at 6-102 chas­ing 151 to win.

Se­cond-placed Perth are now one point be­hind the Mariners with one round to play, mean­ing the race for the mi­nor premier­ship, known as the Kevin Sul­li­van Sil­ver Cup, is open to three clubs.

The Mariners could only man­age to add nine runs to their overnight score, with Ni­cholas along with Ryan Duffield fin­ish­ing off their bat­ting line-up.

With vic­tory se­cure, Luke Jury ham­mered a se­cond in­nings cen­tury as Perth fin­ished at 4-242 in their se­cond in­nings.

Perth are away to third­placed Wil­let­ton at Bur­ren­dah Re­serve next Satur­day.

If lead­ers Rock­ing­hamMan­durah lose to Scar­bor­ough, the win­ner of the Wil­let­ton-Perth clash will be mi­nor pre­miers.

South Perth’s fate was sealed as wooden spoon­ers af­ter los­ing to Clare­mon­tNed­lands at Richard­son Park on Satur­day.

Part­ner­ships meant South Perth’s 170 was never enough against the fi­nals bound Tigers. Si­mon Rin­grose tried hard, but it was in vain as the Sky Blues fell to an­other loss.

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