Ugle the ob­sta­cle

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH ex­ited the Premier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion in heart­break­ing fash­ion, go­ing down to Rockingham-Man­durah by one wicket in a thrilling con­test at Lark Hill on Sun­day.

The Demons looked on track to qual­ify for their first Grand Fi­nal since 2008 af­ter a bril­liant bat­ting dis­play on Satur­day, but the Mariners re­sponded hero­ically, led by Dane Ugle (158no).

Perth started their in­nings in su­perb fash­ion af­ter be­ing sent in to bat on a flat Lark Hill wicket, with Ja­cob Snad­den (111) and Luke Jury (65), com­bin­ing for a 171-run open­ing stand.

Snad­den ham­mered 12 bound­aries and three sixes in his first cen­tury for the sea­son, as Perth pushed to­wards a mas­sive first-in­nings to­tal.

Jonathan Wells ham­mered an un­beaten 90 to pro­pel Perth, with Dain More­ton putting on the fin­ish­ing touches with 77, as the away side posted a for­mi­da­ble 2-353 de­clared.

Ryan Duffield topped off a bril­liant day with the late dis­missal of WA wick­et­keeper­bats­man Sam White­man for a duck too.

Sun­day was a dif­fer­ent story as the match tight­ened up, with Perth need­ing vic­tory to progress, while the Mariners only needed a draw.

De­spite des­per­ate ef­forts from the Perth bowl­ing lineup, the vis­i­tors fell just one dis­missal short, with Josh Ni­cholas and Dean Nelson both tak­ing two wick­ets.

Perth re­duced Rockingham-Man­durah to 7-227 when Sean Roberts dis­missed Aaron Bur­rage, but Ugle pro­vided the re­sis­tance, aided by War­riors rookie Kyle Gardiner (26 from 88 balls).

Nelson and Ni­cholas got the wick­ets of Gardiner and num­ber 10 Lach­lan Pratt, be­fore Ugle bat­ted with tailen­der Joel Mar­ion (3 from 52 balls) for over an hour to clinch vic­tory for the hosts.

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