Paceman Coombs skittles Bayswater’s top order
A devastating spell from quick Leon Coombs has Rocking ham Mandurah well placed to claim an unlikely victory after day one of its WA Premier Cricket clash with Bayswater-Morley.
Coombs claimed five wickets late on day one to leave the home side reeling at 7-53 in response to the Mariners’ 188.
The Mariners were well placed after opening pair Tyler Robertson
(33) and Vincent Poller (25) put on
62 for the first wicket, and again at
4-170, thanks to James Bracey’s 45 and 42 from Aaron Burrage, but lost their final six wickets for just
18 runs to limp to 188 from 57.2 overs.
Ross Loiacono did the bulk of the damage for the Bears with 4-27 from 10.2 overs, while Jonty Wilde, James Wainman and Liam O’Connor each chipped in with two wickets.
The run chase never got going, with Adam France dismissing opener Aaron Todd for a single run with the score on eight, before Coombs (5-15) took over to claim five of the next six wickets to fall.
First Mitchell Todd was caught by Burrage for five, then he trapped Manuel Hunwick (5) and Robert Guy (3) in front in quick succession, to leave the Bears teetering at 4-16.
Lane Berry and Loiacono put on
21 before the latter was castled by Coombs for six, and when skipper Craig Simmons pouched a catch to dismiss Berry from the bowling of Burrage, the Bears were 6-43.
Burrage was in the action once more when he caught Josh Fontana for one to give Coombs his first five-wicket haul of the season.
Wainman and Wilde added 10 runs as they navigated to stumps, but the Mariners will be confident of finishing the job on Saturday, with just three wickets to take and
135 runs to play with.