Ugle spell sparks dramatic collapse
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.