Clubs off to disappointing start
CLAREMONT-NEDLANDS, Subiaco-Floreat and University all struggled in their opening games of the WACA Premier Cricket First Grade Competition, losing their respective 50over matches against good opposition.
Mt Lawley played host to the Tigers in an enthralling contest at Breckler Park, with the home team reaching Claremont-Nedlands’ total of 198 in the final over.
Fringe WA batsman Tom Beaton was the star for Mt Lawley, scoring an exciting 89, while Matt Kelly took three wickets for the visitors.
Subiaco-Floreat went down to Rockingham-Mandurah at Floreat Park by five wickets.
The Lions started brightly, having been sent into bat with Calum How top-scoring with 68, while opener Alex Malcolm added 62 as they reached a competitive total of 6-224.
Rockingham-Mandurah were too strong in reply, reaching the total with just five wickets down. Brendon Sutton’s 92 was a highlight, while Tom Moscarda took two wickets and youngster Cam Green grabbed one in a promising showing.
University were outplayed by a much-fancied Willetton outfit at Burrendah Reserve.
The students reduced the hosts to 6-86 before a crucial middle-order partnership took the total to a respectable 194.
Nick Maiolo (3-16) and Josh Dallimore (3-27) took three wickets apiece for the students.
New signing John Rogers could manage to score only 8, but Matt Birrell composed a well-played 64 from 84 balls but it was never enough as University fell 46 runs short.