‘Bizarre’ day of play
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.