Partnerships rule the day
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.