Part­ner­ships rule the day

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MT Lawley fin­ished day one of its two­day match in a promis­ing po­si­tion, post­ing 247 af­ter bat­ting out the day at Creswell Park on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

Af­ter win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, the Hawks found them­selves in im­me­di­ate trou­ble at 2-3 af­ter los­ing open­ers Oliver Mouchemore and James Newn­ham in quick suc­ces­sion.

Tom Beaton en­tered the crease at num­ber three and im­me­di­ately found his rhythm.

Af­ter two short-lived part­ner­ships with Tris­tan Hob­ley and Dy­lan Shar­man, Beaton found a main­stay in cap­tain Shane Ra­kich. The pair put on a classy 68-run stand be­fore Beaton was even­tu­ally dis­missed for 81.

The Hawks strug­gled to keep their mo­men­tum go­ing through­out the last half of the in­nings, with their last five bats­men scor­ing just 10 runs be­tween them.

How­ever, Ra­kich con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate the Clare­mont Ned­lands bowlers, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing with a hard-fought 95 from 167, in­clud­ing 12 fours.

Clare­mont Ned­lands will start its run chase on day two, which be­gins on Sat­ur­day at 11.40am at Creswell Park.

Perth is in an im­pos­ing po­si­tion fol­low­ing its su­perb bat­ting per­for­mance on day one of its two-day clash with Su­bi­aco Floreat on Sat­ur­day, post­ing a for­mi­da­ble 298 at Floreat Park Oval.

Perth flew out of the gates through Jonathon Wells and Ja­cob Snad­den, who shot to 57 be­fore its first wicket fell.

Sit­ting pre­car­i­ously at 5-139 af­ter los­ing three wick­ets in the space of 33 runs, Dain More­ton formed a de­fi­ant part­ner­ship with Josh Ni­cholas.

The pair put on an 87-run stand be­fore More­ton was dis­missed for 84, leav­ing his side in a bril­liant po­si­tion to launch into the back end of the in­nings.

The tail wagged nicely for Perth, with Ni­cholas (45), Nel­son (33) and En­right (16) all get­ting amongst the runs to push the to­tal just two runs shy of 300.

The Li­ons cap­tain con­tin­ued his good form with the ball, tak­ing 5-93 and pro­vid­ing a con­stant threat through­out the in­nings.

The Li­ons man­aged to get through one over be­fore the end of play, which came at a cost for the home side, los­ing Hamish Mcken­zie for a duck be­fore fin­ish­ing the day on 1-6.

Su­bi­aco Floreat will con­tinue its run chase on day two, which be­gins on Sat­ur­day at 11.40am at Floreat Park Oval.

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