Tigers lose grip on top spot

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - with El­liot Raiter

CLARE­MONT-NED­LANDS slipped from top spot in the Premier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing loss to Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah at Cress­well Park last Satur­day.

The Tigers went down by 84 runs to the Mariners, end­ing a pos­i­tive run of re­sults and en­abling Perth to leapfrog them into top spot.

Re­sum­ing at 4-19, only Tim David showed re­sis­tance with 37 as the Tigers were bowled out for 116 chas­ing 200.

Su­bi­aco Floreat slipped to sec­ond last af­ter a thrilling draw against Wan­neroo at Kingsway Sports Ground.

On a rain af­fected Satur­day, the Roos looked to be coast­ing to vic­tory chas­ing Su­bi­aco Floreat’s 173 be­fore An­drew Holder took three vi­tal wick­ets.

Glenn Stockden also chipped in with two wick­ets as the game was taken down to the fi­nal over of the day.

Need­ing seven runs to win, the Roos could only man­age four, mean­ing a draw was the out­come with more than an hour lost to rain on the Satur­day.

Univer­sity fought valiantly against Scar­bor­ough, how­ever couldn’t avoid de­feat at Ab­bett Park.

Chas­ing 381, cap­tain Matt Bir­rell made 62, while Steven Lukan (46) and Sean Fox (41) pro­vided sup­port.

Univer­sity fin­ished 9-235, mean­ing the Gulls took the points.

The Stu­dents now sit in ninth po­si­tion at the end of round seven.

Mean­while in Sun­day’s Statewide T20 dou­ble-header matches, Clare­mont-Ned­lands and Su­bi­aco Floreat both clinched top spots in their pools to reach the fi­nals.

The Tigers were in­spired by Travis Birt’s 136* from 53 balls against Scar­bor­ough, while Perth Scorchers im­port David Wil­ley scored 91 for the Li­ons and Holder took nine wick­ets.

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