‘Bizarre’ day of play

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

PERTH and Melville played out one of the most bizarre days in re­cent mem­ory, with 22 wick­ets go­ing down at Tomp­kins Park on Satur­day.

Bat­ting first, Melville lost plenty of wick­ets early to be in all sorts of trou­ble at 8-49, be­fore Tom Scol­lay man­aged a match-win­ning half-cen­tury to lead the side to 91 all out.

Ja­cob Van Galen was ter­rific with the ball, tak­ing 4-28, while fel­low quick Liam Guthrie se­cured three wick­ets for the away team.

At 3-32, Perth looked likely win­ners be­fore an­other bat­ting col­lapse saw the side lose 7-31 to be bowled out for 63.

Drew Porter was out­stand­ing with a five-wicket haul, while Tom Ker­rShep­pard pro­duced four wick­ets in a stir­ring dis­play.

Melville fin­ished the dra­matic day at 2-44, with Porter com­plet­ing his per­for­mance as he stands at 17 n.o.

South Perth has al­ready se­cured first-in­nings points against Bayswa­terMor­ley in an in­tense day at Richard­son Park.

Bat­ting first, the Sky Blues were in trou­ble at 32, be­fore Rob Jones (68 n.o.) and Dar­ius D’Silva (38) com­bined to push the side to­wards a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

Even­tu­ally, the hosts were bowled out for 134.

Alex Bevilaqua and Sam Bir­chall then de­stroyed the Bears’ bat­ting line-up, as the visi­tors were bowled out for 81.

South Perth fin­ished at 1-14 in the sec­ond in­nings, with Rim­ming­ton tak­ing his sev­enth wicket for the day.

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