Ugle spell sparks dra­matic col­lapse

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT -

Rock­ing­ham- Man­durah re­main atop the WA Pre­mier Cricket lad­der af­ter a 17- run win over Melville thanks to a dev­as­tat­ing spell of bowl­ing from all- rounder Dane Ugle.

The Mariners were sent into bat af­ter Melville won the toss, a de­ci­sion the home side would have thought paid div­i­dends in the 45th over with the Mariners out for 184.

Quick Mark Turner and Thomas Kerr- Shep­pard did most of the dam­age for Melville, claim­ing 4- 29 and 3- 29 re­spec­tively.

As he has done so often, English im­port James Bracey an­chored the in­nings with 54, his sixth half cen­bowled tury of the sea­son, as the top or­der crum­bled around him.

Nathan Ver­non ( 19) and Adam France ( 22) of­fered some late re­sis­tance but Melville would be left to rue con­ced­ing 27 ex­tras.

In re­sponse, the home side were in early trou­ble at 2- 17 but skip­per Sean Terry ( 33) and Fraser Hay ( 58) moved the score to 79 be­fore Ugle rat­tled Terry’s castle.

Bran­don Ja­cobs snared Drew Porter for a first- ball duck but Hay and Tom Smith com­bined for a 76run part­ner­ship to put Melville within touch­ing dis­tance of the Mariners’ score with six wick­ets in hand.

Then Ugle stepped into his own, first re­mov­ing Smith caught and for 41 and bowl­ing Hay mo­ments later; he had his fourth scalp when Luke Beneq­ui­sta skipped down the wicket, missed the ball and was stumped for 2.

He was in the ac­tion again, this time in the field, run­ning out Ryan Duffield for 2, and when Turner was run out for 1 Melville had lost 5- 11, leav­ing them 17 short with one wicket in hand.

The game was over the very next ball when Kerr- Shep­pard was caught by Aaron Bur­rage off Adam France for a golden duck.

Ugle’s 4- 25 was his best re­turn in Pre­mier Cricket.

The Mariners host third- placed Fre­man­tle on Satur­day at Lark Hill from 11.40am.

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