Wins for Mariners
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.