Students set Mariners test
Rockingham-Mandurah will need to be switched on this weekend if they are going to pull some wins out of the fire against University.
In the first day of round 6 WA Premier Cricket action there was some fine bowling from secondgrade’s Ryan Done and thirdgrade’s Wesley Steele.
At Lark Hill, first-grade elected to bat against the Students, but bumbled their lines to be bowled out for 176.
Brendon Diamanti was unbeaten on 46, putting on on 44 with Craig Simmons (34) and 32 with Dane Ugle (28).
However, the starts were not built upon to truly pressure Uni- versity’s bowlers. The visitors cautiously moved to 1-57, 119 in arrears.
Done’s six-wicket bag did for the Students at James Oval, as he struck throughout the day to bowl Uni’s seconds out for 234.
He wheeled away from one end, exerting pressure and influence.
Rockingham-Mandurah are just 22 runs away from victory in thirdgrade after Steele’s first senior five-wicket haul skittled Uni for 115.
Claiming 5-29 from 13.5 overs, he precipitated the loss of University’s last seven wickets for 39 runs.
The promising under-17s allrounder will be at the crease with captain Tony Coulson (21no) when the Mariners resume at 4-94.
Fourth-grade are a fighting chance after claiming three wickets late on day one at UWA Sports Park. Earlier the batsmen made 177. At stumps, the Students are 3-73. Rockingham-Mandurah suffered an eight-run loss to Twenty20 powerhouse Melville to start their qualifying campaign at Lark Hill on Sunday, while the Storm made 5-143, helped by 19 sundries.
Josh Smith smoked 48 off 35 balls with two sixes at the top of the order and Dane Ugle provided support with 21, after taking 1-23 from three overs.
Diamanti chipped in with a runa-ball 30, but the Mariners could only get to 5-135.
It wasn’t a good day for the home team at Lark Hill.
The women’s T20 were beaten by Melville, as the visitors eased to an eight-wicket win inside 12 overs after bowling out Rockingham-Mandurah for 39.
In the close game of the junior weekend, Caitlin Crocetta’s 41 and Mel Saunders’ 27 were not enough against South City Storm in the under-18 T20 clash.
Rockingham-Mandurah opted to chase and the Storm made 6-119.
Needing a run a ball, the Mariners nearly got home, with Crocetta’s runs coming from 25 balls, as they finished their overs at 5-108.
The under-15 girls lost by 61 runs to South Perth, while the junior boys just snuck over 100 in their respective first-innings totals against Joondalup Centurions to be relying on a ferocious bowling tirade this weekend for the win.