Mariners out of T20
Rockingham-Mandurah fell just eight runs short of advancing to the knockout stages of the Western Australian Premier T20 competition, as Scarborough moved forward at Lark Hill.
Scarborough won the toss in the crucial short-form match and got busy in assembling an ample total.
Accelerating to seven runs an over, the Gulls made 5-146 with young pacemen Jordan Clark (3-20) and Matthew France (2-28) impressing for the Mariners.
Damien Burrage and Tyler Robertson gave hope to the Mariners, at a rocky 3-21, pushing forward the cause with a 69-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Burrage belied his teenage years with a polished 44 from 37 balls, timing three fours and a six.
Opener Robertson worked the ball around with 33no from 45 balls but the big overs came too late as Rockingham-Mandurah expired at 5-138.
The Mariners will have the chance to regroup after a month on the road, and running into a red-hot South Perth, when they face Wanneroo in a two-dayer at Lark Hill this Saturday.
Earlier in the day, fielding half of the first-grade side, Rockingham-Mandurah’s colts moved through the group stages with a threewicket triumph over Scarborough.
Chasing the visitors’ 5-130, the France brothers nudged the Mariners home after the top-order laid the foundations.
Matt France top scored with 26 (off 21 balls) as Adam France saw it through with 24no (off 19 balls) and Rockingham-Mandurah will standby for the finals draw before their next appointment on December 10.
First-grade were skittled twice at Richardson Park to hand outright points to South Perth in round 6 WA Premier Cricket
play. Burrage batted with poise as wickets fell around him to make 57, his second half century of the season.
Debutant Eric Botha gritted it out for 27 as the Mariners were dismissed for 159.
Second time around, the visitors were bundled out for 96 in 28 overs and were left with some soulsearching to do ahead of this week’s round seven home fixture against the Roos.
It was a long day in the field for the second-grade as South Perth racked up 8-389 in response to Rockingham-Mandurah’s 197.
Multiple wicket takers for the Mariners were Johan Van der Westhuizen (3-69) and Matt France (2/63).
Third-grade saw off the outright threat from South Perth, who declared overnight at 5-142 with a lead of 20 runs.
Rockingham-Mandurah repelled all the Sky Blues could throw at them, making a better fist of things with 223 on the board.
However, it was not the case for fourth-grade, who tumbled to an outright loss after making 73 and 79 in reply to South Perth’s 138 and 6-241.
Kyle Peachey could hold his head high with five wickets in the match for the Mariners.
The female juniors had a successful weekend, with the under-18s not losing a wicket in a 37-run win over Wembley Districts.
Rockingham-Mandurah piled on 0-103 in the T20 clash and bowled out the opposition for 66 in 16 overs.
The under-15s had Francine Alvarez to thank for a fighting win against Bicton as she took 2-5 up front of Bicton’s 6-67 and smacked a rapid 20 from 16 balls to elevate Rockingham-Mandurah past the target and onto 1-84 at the close of play.
Nathan Howell proved the difference in the under-17 male match between the Mariners and South Perth.
Taking 2-12 in Souths’ 95, he backed it up with 56no from No.5 as Rockingham-Mandurah registered 127 to move into the top six.
The under-15 males were left to bemoan wet weather overnight at Lark Hill as South Perth were left with no option but to bat for the draw, chasing 6-211 in just 31 overs left as play started after 10am.
Mitchell Oliver took 2-17 for the hosts as South Perth made safe passage to 5-84 for the draw.
In the women’s T20 game, Rockingham-Mandurah allowed Subiaco-Floreat to make a challenging 5-121 at Lark Hill with Caitlyn Helsewood taking 2-19.
In reply, the home side could muster just 8-66 in the face of a fine Lions bowling display.
The Mariners travel to Lilac Hill this Sunday to meet top-of-thetable Midland-Guildford.
In other action on Sunday at Lark Hill, Rockingham-Mandurah’s unbeaten under-13 and under-14 boys square off against fellow unbeaten ClaremontNedlands teams in a true test for both clubs to gain an edge in the South group of their respective shields.