Wily Sim­mons’ marathon spell puts Mariners in box seat

Southern Telegraph - - SPORT - CRICKET Joe Sarsero

Rock­ing­ham- Man­durah is in the driver’s seat af­ter more Craig Sim­mons magic with the ball against Mt Law­ley at Lark Hill on Satur­day.

The Mariners skip­per toiled away for an in­cred­i­ble 43.1 overs on the first day of the round 13 WA Premier Cricket match to claim 7- 79 and bowl out the Hawks for 187.

The vis­i­tors won the toss and elected to bat, mak­ing their way un­trou­bled to 43 be­fore the lef­t­arm spin­ner spun his web. He bowled five vic­tims en route to his third five- wicket haul of the sea­son and 13th of his 19 sea­son ca­reer.

The Mariners bowlers put the squeeze on the Hawks, who were only able to go at a clip of two runs an over, with their 187 com­ing from 95.1 overs, which in­cluded 39 maid­ens; 18 of them from Sim­mons. Open­ing bowlers Leon Coombs ( 2- 33) and Adam France ( 027) went for just 60 runs from their com­bined 33 overs on the spin­friendly pitch; Cal­lum Austin also chipped in with 1- 14.

Try­ing to ac­cel­er­ate at 4- 119, the Hawks suc­cumbed to the wily Sim­mons, los­ing their last six wick­ets for 68. The day was also no­table for Sim­mons in pass­ing the 250- wicket mark in first- grade cricket for the Mariners, who are look­ing good for a fourth win on the bounce to take them a step closer to se­cur­ing the mi­nor premier­ship.

The Mariners will start their run chase on Satur­day from 11.40am.

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