Wins for Mariners

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - Joe Sarsero

Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah got its 2018-19 West­ern Aus­tralian Premier Cricket sea­son off to a per­fect start with vic­to­ries against Su­bi­aco-Floreat and Wan­neroo on Satur­day and Sun­day.

The Mariners found dif­fer­ent means to get home, with su­perb bowl­ing com­plet­ing the job on Satur­day against the Lions, while the bats­men un­der­pinned Sun­day’s win against the Roos.

Dane Ugle picked up where he left off last sea­son, mak­ing 73 from 100 at Lark Hill on Satur­day. The reign­ing Olly Coo­ley medal win­ner helped the Mariners to 181 against Su­bi­aco-Floreat, who won the toss and sent the home side in.

Eight bowl­ing op­tions were used to keep the Lions un­bal­anced and led by Ugle’s tight 2-22 from 8 overs, Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah kept the ask­ing run-rate pres­sure high. Help from Eric Botha, who took 2-7 and played a part in two run-outs in the fre­netic fin­ish, saw Su­bi­aco- Floreat dis­missed for 176 for a fiverun win.

On Sun­day at Jones Paskin Re­serve, the Mariners were again sent in by the op­po­si­tion. Three strong part­ner­ships built Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah’s score of 9-234 from 50 overs. Aaron Bur­rage was el­e­vated to opener and was the rock in two of the part­ner­ships be­fore he fell for 82 off 128 balls.

Rock­ing­ham-Man­durah tum­bled from 2-168 to 6-171 be­fore tal­is­man Ugle ex­ploded into life with six bound­aries and three sixes on his way to 80 off just 74 balls.

Tyler Robert­son (2-19) played part­ner­ship-breaker twice and cap­tain Craig Sim­mons eked out three valu­able maidens and claimed the big wicket of Roos re­cruit Travis Birt (79).

The skip­per fin­ished with 4-41 and with his team the spoils of a vi­tal 12-run win as Wan­neroo fin­ished 8-222. The Mariners have two more one-day­ers this week­end against Uni­ver­sity away on Satur­day and Clare­mont-Ned­lands at Lark Hill on Sun­day.

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