Roos take it up to Mariners, fall short
ROCKINGHAM Mandurah defeated Wanneroo by 12 runs on Sunday in WACA first-grade cricket at Jones Paskin Reserve.
After being sent in to bat, the Mariners scored 9-234.
Matthew Spoors and Jack Cattrall were super for the Roos, taking three wickets each.
Wanneroo, in turn, responded well to the tremendous total set by the Mariners, as Travis Birt and Mitchell Mcgee opened the run chase with a 57-run partnership.
The loss of Mcgee did nothing to slow Birt down, as he and Bailey Nylander doubled down on an impressive start, adding a further 68 runs to the total.
However, at 1-125, disaster struck for the Roos, losing four wickets in the space of 26 runs.
Amongst the carnage, Birt was removed by Simmons for an impressive knock of 79.
At 5-151, Kyle Millar and Haydn Slodecki set about turning the match around with a hardfought 49-run sixth-wicket stand.
Unfortunately, the loss of Millar at 6-200 signalled the end for the Roos, leaving too much to too few and running out of time.
The Roos finished 12 runs behind on 8-222, but while they didn’t get the win, they can be happy with the effort.
On Saturday, University defeated Wanneroo by eight wickets after a dominant batting display in the opening round of the season at James Oval.
The Roos were sent in to bat and scored 9-173.
University chased down the runs in the 41st over.