Skip­per’s spin tests stu­dents

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Joe Sarsero

Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah took the hon­ours on day one of their match against Univer­sity af­ter a dis­ci­plined bowl­ing per­for­mance at Lark Hill.

Skip­per Craig Simmons led the way with four wick­ets and added an­other mile­stone to a fine ca­reer by claim­ing his 200th first-grade wicket for the Mariners.

Af­ter Simmons won the toss and elected to field, open­ing bowlers Leon Coombs (2-50) and Jor­dan Clark (2-31) got to work im­me­di­ately and set Uni back at 3-13.

Change bowler Eric Botha (1-34) and Aaron Bur­rage stuck to their tasks and en­sured no let-up on the stu­dents to al­low their ex­pe­ri­enced cap­tain to wheel away with his left- arm spin­ners. Bur­rage, in par­tic­u­lar, bowled well in part­ner­ships with 12 maid­ens from his 17-over re­turn of 1-15.

Just the sec­ond man in the 200 club for Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah in its 18th year of top-grade cricket, Simmons bowled 24 overs just a week af­ter re­turn­ing from a frac­tured digit, to claim 4-43 with Univer­sity dis­missed for 192.

At stumps, Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah are 1-26 and re­quire an­other 167 runs to take the points and move within reach of Uni in the top six with just three rounds to come af­ter this Satur­day’s com­ple­tion.

A sim­i­lar nar­ra­tive was taken up by the sec­ond grade, which knocked over the stu­dents at James Oval for 191 and will re­sume

on day two at 1-45. Left-arm spin­ner Ryan Done did the lion’s share of the work, plough­ing through 27 overs for the re­ward of 4-85.

Tyler Robert­son chimed in late with 3-12, helped by Callum Austen (2-37) and Ro­nan Hog­a­rth (1-22) to keep the home side off kil­ter through­out their 70-over stay.

Robert­son (26no) and Kai Har­ri­son (16no) can build a big part­ner­ship and help their team to a big day out with a solid first hour.

Univer­sity are favourites in third and fourth grades af­ter bowl­ing Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah out be­fore eat­ing into their vic­tory tar­gets.

Third grade were bun­dled out for 106 and Uni are sit­ting com­fort­able at 4-83, while fourth grade’s Mo­hit Ra­man struck 56 in the Mariners’ 146 as Uni cruised to 2-90 by close of day one.

Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah’s ladies suf­fered a close T20 loss in the match against Su­bi­aco-Floreat at Floreat Oval.

The visi­tors scrapped hard for 9-68 and made the Lions fight all the way be­fore even­tu­ally tak­ing the win with seven balls left at 5-69.

The ju­nior males will need to chase down more than 200 to win their matches against Joon­dalup­based Cen­tu­ri­ons.

The un­der-17s bowled at Lark Hill and af­ter hav­ing the visi­tors at 3-9, will need to track down 6-219, as Jye Clark claimed 2-28.

The un­der-15s found Cen­tu­ri­ons a tricky propo­si­tion at Bel­ridge af­ter they piled on 9-236 in 60 overs.

Two wick­ets each to Jye Don­ald, Kae­lan Skoda and Aled Phillips Johns helped the Mariners stay in the bat­tle.

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