Mariners blow chance to close gap

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph | Sport - Jo Sarsero

Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah let slip an op­por­tu­nity to get closer to the top six after fall­ing by 36 runs to Mid­land-Guild­ford.

De­spite some fine in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances in round 11, the Mariners sides were only able to take home one vic­tory last Satur­day.

Mid­land-Guild­ford bat­ted first and posted a chal­leng­ing to­tal of 7-253 with an even spread of bat­ting through the 50 overs of the first-grade clash.

Craig Sim­mons re­turned for his first match since round 4 after a finger in­jury and had im­me­di­ate im­pact at Lilac Hill with bat and ball.

The Mariners skip­per took 4-53 and Dane Ugle wheeled away eco­nom­i­cally for his 10-over re­turn of 1-33. The Mariners built from 2-26 with Vin­nie Poller (41) and Ugle (36) com­bin­ing for a third-wicket stand of 68. Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah slumped to 6-109 but Sim­mons and Aaron Bur­rage fought back.

The vet­eran left-han­der smoked 52 from a mere 32 de­liv­er­ies with four fours and three sixes in a 71run sev­enth-wicket part­ner­ship.

Bur­rage made 25 but the tail couldn’t make up enough of the short­fall and were dis­missed for 217 in 44.2 overs.

Sec­ond-grade were far too good for Mid­land-Guild­ford at Lark Hill, putting in a com­plete per­for­mance to claim a seven-wicket vic­tory.

The Swans were kept un­der wraps through­out their bat­ting in­nings of 165 as Ryan Done and Ro­nan Hog­a­rth took three wicket boun­ties. Hog­a­rth’s 3-53 was a large part of re­duc­ing the vis­i­tors to 6-60 as spin­ner Done claimed 3-33.

Matthew Ed­wards started the Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah re­ply on the right foot with a run-a-ball 31.

Adam France and Nathan Hutchi­son made sure there would be no stut­ters from 3-47 with a stylish un­bro­ken part­ner­ship of 122 to com­plete the win in the 34th over.

France slammed 65 not out with three fours and two sixes and Hutchi­son knocked up 50 not out with four bound­aries and two sixes, with both men fac­ing 75 balls.

Joel Mar­ion starred with the bat in a high-scor­ing third-grade loss at Lilac Hill.

The in­jured first-grade speed­ster smashed 109 not out in Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah’s re­sponse of 8-274 to Mid­land-Guild­ford’s 5-317.

The left-han­der’s in­nings came off just 89 de­liv­er­ies and in­cluded 13 fours and three sixes. Sup­port came from Jye Clark (48), Jor­dan Brokate (41 off 42) and Barend Grove (35 off 40) in the highly en­ter­tain­ing match.

Chris Sher­win played a lone hand in the fourth-grade loss at Lark Hill. He made a swash­buck­ling 65 off 41 de­liv­er­ies, strik­ing four bound­aries and five sixes.

His con­tri­bu­tion made up nearly half of the team’s to­tal of 133 which was chased down by Mid­landGuild­ford in the 29th over for the loss of two wick­ets.

An­thony Brokate tried hard in his nine overs, four of which were maid­ens, tak­ing 1-15.

The B-grade women were out­played by Su­bi­aco-Floreat at Alder­bury Re­serve.

The Lions made 7-236 and the vis­i­tors re­sponded with 7-112 as Sonia Ya­dav per­se­vered for Rock- in­g­ham-Man­durah with 2-33 and 26.

The ju­niors fell on the wrong side of the ledger in nar­row losses to Mid­land-Guild­ford.

Kai Har­ri­son made 51 and Be­van Kear­ney struck 42 in the un­der-17s’ score of 7-131 but Mid­land chased down the tar­get with six wick­ets to spare.

Ri­ley Ward top-scored with 32 and Kae­lan Skoda snared 3-24 as the un­der-15s made 7-110, with the Swans edg­ing past with just four balls and two wick­ets in hand.

This week­end sees the re­sump­tion of two-day cricket, with the first grade host­ing Univer­sity at Lark Hill, start­ing on Satur­day at 11.40am.

With just four matches left, it is a must-win game as the stu­dents sit in sixth, a game-and-a-half from the ninth-placed Mariners.

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