Bag of eight sparks upset
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.