Fre­man­tle’s for­tunes in the bal­ance

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

ROUND 8 of the WA Premier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion is on a knife’s edge for Fre­man­tle af­ter a mid­dle-or­der col­lapse on day 1.

South Perth sent the vis­i­tors into bat first and sent Fre­man­tle opener Matthew Mi­cale back to the rooms al­most im­me­di­ately with an LBW de­ci­sion.

Wick­ets con­tin­ued to fall steadily and de­spite some re­sis­tance from An­thony Collova (23 runs) and Ash­ton Turner (35), a col­lapse through the mid­dle or­der saw Fre­man­tle fall for 160.

Fre­man­tle started the bowl­ing strongly by tak­ing three quick wick­ets to have South Perth at 3-17, but Bray­don Meule­man (43 not out) and Dar­ius D’Silva (25 not out) ral­lied to have the home side 3-73 at stumps.

Josh Cho­jnowski took two wick­ets for Fre­man­tle, while Tim Miles snared one.

Day two will con­tinue from 11.40am on De­cem­ber 8 at Richard­son Park in South Perth.

In the South Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion com­pe­ti­tion, teams re­turned to the one-day for­mat for round 6.

East Fre­man­tle’s skills with the bat helped them record a win over Hil­ton Palmyra.

East Fre­man­tle’s Luke Str­nad­ica fell one run short of record­ing a half-cen­tury as he led his team to 5-188 at the end of their 40 overs.

Hil­ton Palmyra’s An­gus An­drew and Liam O’Don­nell shared the scalps, tak­ing two wick­ets apiece.

Hil­ton Palmyra started the chase strongly, mak­ing their way to 48 be­fore los­ing their first wicket, but they ran out of balls to hunt down the big to­tal as they fell just short at 9-165.

Opener Chayce Gil­lett top scored with 32 runs, while East Fre­man­tle’s Carl Gra­ham was the pick of the bowlers, tak­ing 4-44.

Cock­burn also recorded a win against Bic­ton At­tadale.

Sent in to bat first, Cock­burn’s Joshua Pes­cud (54) and Damian Car­roll (47) stead­ied the ship af­ter a shaky start to help the team reach 7-186.

Bic­ton At­tadale’s mid­dle or­der tried to rally in re­sponse, but they reached only 148 be­fore run­ning out of batsmen.

Cock­burn’s Alec Radonich did most of the dam­age with the ball, tak­ing 5-23.

Phoenix was un­able to chase down a to­tal of 6-178 set by their op­po­nents CBC.

Ron­son Babu’s 35 was not enough to help Phoenix over the line as they fell for just 103.

Round 7 of the SMCA will run from 1pm on De­cem­ber 8, with Phoenix tak­ing on Hil­ton Palmyra, Cock­burn host­ing SJ Blues and East Fre­man­tle play­ing CBC.

Pic­ture: Peta North

A sea of colour will take over Leighton Beach as part of the Light­house to Leighton event.

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