Wily Simmons’ marathon spell puts Mariners in box seat
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.