Pace­man Coombs skit­tles Bayswa­ter’s top or­der

Southern Telegraph - - Sport -

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.

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