Mariners lose early advantage
Rockingham-Mandurah dismissed South Perth for 272 on day one of the Round 6 Western Australian Premier Cricket match at Richardson Park.
Last Saturday, South Perth won the toss at home electing to bat but was immediately set back by Leon Coombs.
The opening bowler finished with 3-44 and his third victim left Souths at 4-97.
A middle-order resistance got them to 272 as Aaron Burrage (360) — who bowled Australian Ashes hopeful Hilton Cartwright for 39 and returning spinner Ryan Done (2-57) — did the damage.
However, a last wicket Sky Blues partnership of 50 followed by three late strikes undid much of the good work by the visiting Mariners.
Resuming this Saturday at 3-17 will be Damien Burrage (7 not out) and nightwatchman Adam France (5no).
Vin Poller and Joel Humble were the bedrock of second grade’s 197 at Lark Hill.
Poller’s 57 was the opener’s third straight half century to have him pushing for a return to first grade, while wicketkeeper-batsman Humble made 49, striking seven boundaries.
At stumps, South Perth edged ever so slightly ahead at 3-94, with Matt France backing up a handy 28 with 2-32.
Third grade and fourth grade’s
struggles continued as thirds were bowled out for 122 and surrendered a 20-run lead by the close of play on day one.
Fourths made 73 in response to Souths’ 138 in a rapid-fire game that has South Perth at 3-108 in the second dig, an overall lead of 173.
Rockingham-Mandurah’s Bgrade women were on the end of a tough loss after getting half the equation right.
Bundling out University for just 92 at James Oval had the Mariners full of beans as Zoe Ryniker (2-3), Suman Yadav (2-4) and Laura Warman (2-18) did the job. However, the reply stuttered and never got into gear, before falling for 62.
Teague Wyllie’s under-15s century was the junior highlight of the weekend.
Wylie batted with aplomb to finish unconquered on 111 in Rockingham-Mandurah’s total of 6-211 at Lark Hill.
The youngster lasted 159 deliveries, striking eight boundaries on the way to his first century for the club.
A hustling team bowling performance saw the under-17s hold the whip hand against South Perth, who were extinguished for 95 in 44 overs.
Two wickets apiece to Kai Harrison, Connor Russell, James Bakota and Nathan Howell showed intent, as the Mariners finished the day at 2-20.
Close matches were the order of Saturday’s girls cricket as the under-15s sneaked home by five runs and the under-18s missed out by eight runs.
The under-15s made 7-60 work for the team at Georgetown Oval by claiming the first three Whitfords wickets for nine runs, who could not recover in time to finish adrift at 3-55.
At Tompkins Park, Melville made 89 as Suman Yadav was the pick of the bowlers with 2-12.
In a Twenty20 game going down to the wire, Louisa Hogarth pushed it to the edge with 22 not out but Rockingham-Mandurah ran out of time at 3-81.
The under-13s and under-14s boys made it three from three with victories against Willetton at Lark Hill.
The older group doubled the Dragons’ score of 99 as Heinrich Helm (66) and Jordan Crudeli (41) led the way in the Mariners’ 198.
Mitchell Oliver (4-14 from 10 overs) and Brayden Strack (3-5 from six overs) were superb with the ball to set up the win.
Corey Wasley reeled off 75 not out in the under-13’s win, his third straight score of 75 or more in that competition, as Rockingham-Mandurah rolled Willetton for 78.
The chase was not always one-way traffic but Wasley held firm to keep the Mariners’ clean record unblemished.