Willeton CC has started their season off with a win away from home against Claremont-Nedlands CC. Willeton won the toss and elected to bowl first, Claremont-Nedlands Chad Hitchcock (66) was the largest contributor with Callum Parker (38) and Elliot Hitchen (34) also performed well with the bat. Nic Geisler was the pick off the bowlers for Willeton taking 3/45 off 9 overs. But what looked like a strong first innings score was to be chased down due to an outstanding performance by captain Sean Brennan (101 n.o) and Gurinderpal Singh (60) also strongly contributed to the win. Fremantle had multiple wicket takers across the board. The game went down to 49th over before Willeton reached the desired target and secure their first points of the season.
Scarborough CC has enjoyed their first game with a win over Melville CC at home ground Abbet Park. Melville won the toss and elected to bat first which didn’t pay off as they lost early wickets. Captain Stevan Russell (55) Myles Keyt (45) and Bryce Jackson (41) rallied down in the lower order to put their side in a solid position. Martin Branston bowled well for the Gulls with 2/9 off 5 alongside Daniel Sadik 2/32 off 10 and and Ronan VanElswyk with 2/38 off his 7 overs. Scarborough lost early wickets but the middle order performed superbly with exceptional performances by Brent Jarvis-Spinks (99), unfortunately for Brent a hundred wasn’t to be as he was bowled one run shy by Bryce Jackson. Jarvis-Spinks wasn’t alone with helpful contributions coming from Sean Costello (43) and Kye Stevens (43). Notable bowling performances from Scarborough were Hayden Vogels with 2 for 34 off 10 overs. Melville reached the total in the 48th over to claim their first win of the season.
Around the Grounds
Wanneroo 4-190 (King 77no, Fairchild 50no) b Fremantle 5-189(cc) (Cookson 77, Camarda 58); Mount Lawley 9-189(cc) (Acomb 5-34) b Gosnells 8-153 (Roberts 64no; Chislett 5-28); Scarborough 4-214(cc) (Jarvis-spinks 99) b Melville 7-211(cc) (Russell 55no); Midland-Guildford 4-185 (Thomas 55no) b Perth 8-184(cc); Bayswater-Morley 170 (Botha 5-26) b Rockingham-Mandurah 119; Subiaco Floreat 6-143(cc) b South Perth 6-116(cc); Joondalup 2-62(cc) b University 61 (Thompson 5-13); Willetton 5-227 (Brennan 101no, Singh 60) b Claremont-Nedlands 226 (Hitchcock 66).
Mount Lawley CC has started their season strongly with a solid win over Gosnells at Sutherlands Park, Gosnells won the toss and elected to bowl first. Mount Lawley Opener Jack Kavanagh (65) was the pick of Mount Lawley’s batsmen alongside a solid contribution from Mathew French (48n.o). Blake Mcgann was the best of the Gosnells bowlers with very tidy figures of 4/24 off 7. Small targets can sometimes be difficult to chase and this was held true as Gosnells were dismissed for 74. Jake Back (41) showed some fight but in the end the bowling looked too strong from Mount Lawley, led by captain James Noble with 3/14 off 5 overs.
It was a happy day for University as they started their season off well with a 1st round win against Joondalup at the UWA Sports Park. University won the toss and sent in Joondalup unfortunately for the away side runs were hard to come by as they lost early wickets and found it hard to recover. University Captain David Aldridge performed very well for his side taking 5 for 32 off his 9 overs alongside counterpart Sam Howieson taking a very sharp 3 for 16 off 8. Opening batsmen Michael Sharrinovski (28) was the highest of Joondalups' innings. In response it wasn’t all Universities way, as Joondalup picked up early wickets. There were multiple wicket-takers for Joondalup across the board. But once again David Aldridge (42) proved to be the thorn in Joondalups side as he top scored and guided his side to victory, Max Evangelisti also performed with the bat with 26 at the top of the order.
Around the Grounds
Wanneroo 183 b Fremantle 139 (Ardagh 5-28); Mount Lawley 9-158(cc) (Kavanagh 65) b Gosnells 74; Melville 8-187(cc) b Scarborough 99; Midland-Guildford 110 b Perth 87; Bayswater-Morley 2-147 (Ross 71no, Todd 55no) b Rockingham-Mandurah 6-146(cc); South Perth 4-125 b Subiaco Floreat 123; University 6-132 b Joondalup 129 (Aldridge 5-32); Claremont-Nedlands 6-214(cc) (Henderson 93) b Willetton 124.
Midland-Guildford CC performed well in their first hit out of the season, beating Perth CC by 6 wickets away from home at Fletcher Park. Midland-Guildford won the toss and put Perth in to bat. Perth struggled to get their innings going due to some restrictive bowling from Midland-Guildford as multiple bowlers struck wickets halting momentum. A notable performance by Jeff Grzinic (42) and Jacob Spurr (31) rallied for the Demons. Unfortunately for Perth lack off runs hurt them in the end as Midland-Guildford reached their total in the 39th over Craig Hagger (42) Andrew Cox (23n.o) were the largest contributors for the away side and locked up a first-round win.
Bayswater CC enjoyed a win against Rockingham-Mandurah CC at Hillcrest. Bayswater won the toss and elected to bat first, runs proved hard to come by in this fixture as both teams were eventually bowled out. On a tough day for batsmen Bailey Gregson (32) top-scored to help his side provide a defendable total. For Rockingham-Mandarah’s bowlers Lewis Pitts claimed exceptional figures of 4/12 off 7 overs. Teammate Mohit Raman 3/29 off 8 also performed with ball in hand. Unfortunately for Rockingham-Mandurah they suffered a serious batting collapse with both opening batsmen not troubling the scorers. Rockingham could never recover and were eventually bowled out for 110 in the 33rd over. Ross Loiacono enjoyed 3/22 off 9 alongside Samuel Henley 2/10 off 2 also contributed with a tidy spell.
Around the Grounds
Fremantle 7-175(cc) b Wanneroo 9-143; Mount Lawley 200 (Melbin 55) b Gosnells 82 (Singh 5-9); Melville 8-248(cc) (Smith 99, May 52) b Scarborough 7-221(cc) (Walters 96); Midland-Guildford 4-155 b Perth 8-153(cc); Bayswater-Morley 131 b Rockingham-Mandurah 110; South Perth 188 (Johnson 50) b Subiaco Floreat 177 (Collins 62, Geddes 51); Joondalup 4-198(cc) b University 157; Willetton 4-182 (Smith 100) b Claremont-Nedlands 5-180(cc) (Mcfarlane 106).