Ugle the obstacle
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.