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Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah had a dif­fi­cult time with Wil­let­ton and the weather at the week­end in WACA Pre­mier Cricket.

The start of two-day fix­tures proved prob­lem­atic as the Mariners en­ter this Satur­day’s play at­tempt­ing to avoid out­right loss.

The round 5 first-grade fix­ture was moved from the first to the sec­ond Bur­ren­dah ground be­cause of Fri­day’s rain but Wil­let­ton won an im­por­tant toss and sent the vis­i­tors into bat.

The Mariners were skit­tled for just 66, in 35 overs as only Mitch Green (26) and Bray­den Sut­ton (18) made it to dou­ble fig­ures.

The Dragons slowly saw them­selves in be­fore get­ting the first in­nings points, two wick­ets down. At 3-83, they saw the op­por­tu­nity to make Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah see off a nasty 10-over pe­riod be­fore stumps.

Josh Smith was dis­missed, lbw to Perth Scorchers ev­er­green Brad Hogg, in the last over for 18 to leave Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah at 1-29 in their sec­ond in­nings.

Sec­ond grade also sur­ren­dered a first in­nings re­sult on day 1 af­ter bat­ting on a seam­ing wicket at Lark Hill. The Mariners lasted half the day for 98 but as the con­di­tions dried, the wicket be­came more playable.

Wil­let­ton made hay while the sun shone and have a 46-run stumps lead at 3-144.

Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah got the best out of the 52 overs of play pos­si­ble in third grade. Matt Ed­wards snared 3-13 off 11 overs and Matt France chimed in with two wick­ets as Wil­let­ton strug­gled to 6-143 at Bur­ren­dah 1.

Opener Kirk Ben­nett (69) pro­vided some steel in fourth-grade’s bat­ting ef­fort be­fore Eric Botha (90) pro­vided the fire­works in the Mariners’ 234 all out.

At stumps, Wil­let­ton made their way to 0/16, in a game that is a fifty­fifty call either way.

In Twenty20 Caitlin Cro­cetta made yet an­other score, in the Mariners’ eight-wicket loss to Mid­land-Guild­ford. Cro­cetta’s 24, was the stand­out in the vis­i­tors’ 8-57.

The Swans got to 2-58 in the 14th over and move to top spot in the T20 com­pe­ti­tion with a 3-2 win-loss record while push­ing Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah, now 2-3, out of the top four with half the sea­son re­main­ing.

The ju­niors had more to smile about dur­ing the past week­end with three vic­to­ries from four games.

Jazmyne Roberts smacked eight bound­aries in 57 from just 39 de­liv­er­ies in a 20-run loss to Wem­b­ley Dis­tricts in the un­der-18 match at Lark Hill. The un­der-15, 14 and 12 sides all recorded wins.

Pic­ture: Michael Parr

Mitch Green.

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