Perth bowler Calmy in storm

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - SPORT - Dustin Ed­wards

PERTH stole a seven-run win over Mt Law­ley in a rain-af­fected Premier Cricket match at Breck­ler Park on Satur­day, but suf­fered their first loss the next day at the hands of Su­bi­aco Floreat.

In their sec­ond rain-af­fected match of the week­end, Perth man­aged 5-199 bat­ting first at Fletcher Park but couldn’t con­tain Su­bi­aco Floreat’s open­ers, with T.J. Mon­teleone an­chor­ing the chase with 96.

On Satur­day, Perth opened with a 34-run part­ner­ship be­tween cap­tain Luke Jury and Jonathan Wells.

How­ever, the solid start was un­done as the Hawks’ bowlers nabbed four wick­ets in the space of 20 runs, leav­ing Perth reel­ing at 4-54.

Tom Scol­lay and Ja­cob Snad­den set about turn­ing the mo­men­tum back in Perth’s favour with a fifth­wicket part­ner­ship of 82 be­fore Snad­den was dis­missed.

Scol­lay con­tin­ued to keep the run-rate tick­ing over be­fore he was re­moved for a run-a-ball 52 and the in­nings ended af­ter 31 overs, with Perth 7-156.

The Hawks’ run chase got off to a some­what slow start, fum­bling their way to 3-52.

How­ever, James Newn­ham re­mained a con­stant threat as he part­nered with Dy­lan Shar­man in a fourth-wicket stand worth 58.

As Shar­man and An­drew Bot­tega fell, Newn­ham con­tin­ued to push his side closer to an un­likely vic­tory.

Alex Calmy did the job for Perth though, snar­ing Newn­ham caught be­hind to end his bril­liant 66.

He struck again just when Jay Chislett (21 off 17 balls) looked like sav­ing it for Mt Law­ley. The last four wick­ets fell for just 19 and the Hawks fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of an up­set win, bowled out for 149.

Perth next play host to Scar­bor­ough at Fletcher Park in a two-day game be­gin­ning Satur­day.

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