Stu­dents set Mariners test

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Joe Sarsero

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.

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