University 334/9 def Scarborough 123
University has reached 3 wins and 3 losses with a strong win against Scarborough at James Oval on the weekend. Winning the toss and posting a very strong first innings of 334 put them in a strong position. Captain Jay O'Brien (123n.o) lead from the front batting for most of the day and reaching his first hundred for the Club. Corey Rocchiccioli (90) also played extremely well before being undone by the bowling of Lachlan Tyler 10 runs shy of double figures. Mathew Hunter toiled hard throughout the day claiming 5 wickets for the away side. At the end of the days play University provided a big total for the Gulls to chase down on day 2, however the Gulls never looked in it as early wickets fell due to a spell of special bowling by Bailey Richards clinching a 5 wicket haul. Captain Sam Costello (31) was the highest of scorers for Scarborough as they were dismissed for 123. University then sent Scarborough back out in search of an outright victory only to be unsuccessful. The win now takes University 3 wins and 3 losses sitting 7th on the ladder.
Melville 112 4/103 def by Willeton 221
Willeton have found themselves sitting atop the 2nd Grade ladder following a win against cross town rival Melville over the weekend. Winning the toss Melville elected to bat first on their home ground. However Willeton's bowlers came to play as they ran through the Melville top order early on. Nic Geisler the chief destroyer picking up 3 top order wickets. Wicketkeeper Andrew Needham (43) performed admirably but there was just no help from the other end as Melville staggered to a dower first innings score of 112. Nic Geisler claimed 4 wickets at the close of play. In response Melville took some early wickets, however strong middle order contributions from James Godfey (90) and David Cameron (59n.o) enabled Willeton to cruise past the total however there was a standout performance by Melville's Luke Benequista claiming a 5 wicket haul. Willeton posted 221 before declaring in search of an outright victory which Melville avoided only losing 4 wickets at the end of the second days play.
Around the Grounds
Mount Lawley 8-356 (Grant 102, Deering 79) b Claremont-Nedlands 277 (Donaldson 93no, Hammond 78); Gosnells 6-394(cc) (Sweet 139, Bivens 121) b Fremantle 303 (Collova 82, Holman 58); Joondalup 298 (Birchall 73, Sharrinovski 51) b Bayswater-Morley 272 (Fontana 87); Midland-Guildford 6-211(dec) (Baker 96, Kirwan 55) b Wanneroo 76 and 9-249 (Mcgee 76); University 9-334(cc) (O'brien 123no, Rocchiccioli 90) b Scarborough 9-123(cc) (Richards 5-37) and 1-52; Perth 133 (Stoykovski 5-36) b Subiaco Floreat 131 and 4-109 (Prashanth 61no); South Perth 8-389 (Ovens 140, Korol 73) b Rockingham-Mandurah 197 (Poller 57); Willetton 7-221(dec) (Godfrey 90, Cameron 59no; Benequista 5-67) b Melville 112 and 4-103.
Claremont-Nedlands 159 def by Mount Lawley 8/238
Mount Lawley have secured their 5th straight victory of the season solidifying them on the top of the 3rd Grade Competition as they won the points over Claremont-Nedlands away from home on the weekend. Mount Lawley who won the toss and elected to bat posted a very strong 238 for the loss of 8 wickets. Liam Walton (100) was the standout performer alongside Nic Marciano (40) and James Noble (40). As for Claremont-Nedlands's bowlers Joseph Swan took 3 for 25. For Claremont-Nedland's they succumbed to the bowling of Mount Lawley as there was numerous batsmen making starts but none going on to register a match-winning contribution. Lachlan Simpson (37 n.o) showed some fight however the Tigers were bowled out for 159. Liam Walton continued his strong run of form with 3 wickets for 14 runs off 14 overs.
Willeton 158 Def By Melville 262/9
Melville have placed themselves comfortably with 4-1 to start the season after a win against Willeton on the weekend. Willeton won the toss and elected to bat. However Willeton's top order crumbled as Apurv Sharma (28) was the top scorer for the innings. It was an all round effort from Melville's bowlers as numerous bowlers picked up multiple wickets. In response Melville were challenged however came out stronger as Cameron Beath (61) Bradman May (64) and Lewis O'Dea (66) saw their side get the runs. At the end of the days play Melville finished with 9/262 and secured the winning points.
Mount Lawley 8-238(cc) (Walton 100no) b Claremont-Nedlands 159; Fremantle 214 (Barnes 60no, Armstrong 54) b Gosnells 202 (Mcnamee 79); Joondalup 3-197 (Mackay 79no, Gericke 51no) b Bayswater-Morley 176 (Sekhon 5-36); Wanneroo 5-264 (Nylander 150no) b Midland-Guildford 210 (Ottaviano 50); University 188 b Scarborough 170 (Mcghie 60); Subiaco Floreat 259 (Gregson 63, Griffiths 51) b Perth 186 (Nicholson 9-43); South Perth 5-142(dec) b Rockingham-Mandurah 122 and 223; Melville 9-262 (O'dea 66, May 64) b Willetton 158.
Rockingham-Mandurah 73, 79 Def by South Perth 138
South Perth continue to be undefeated in the 4th Grade Competition with a win over Rockingham-Mandurah at Lilac Hill on the weekend. Winning the toss and electing to bat South Perth staggered to a shaky total of 138 all out. Cameron Heron( 74) scored the bulk of the runs as he hit the boundary 14 times in his innings. Kyle Peachey and Mitch Clark claimed 3 wickets each for Rockingham-Mandurah. Rockingham-Mandurah had a forgettable day with the bat, as they suffered a collapsed and were cleaned up for just 73 runs. James Taylor, Nathan Ellett and Liam Johnson all claimed 3 wickets. South Perth fed off their bowling performance as their second batting innings was far stronger than the first. Lachlan Higham (78) Cooper Duplessis (97) knock of the innings put South Perth 306 runs and providing an opportunity for an outright victory. Rockingham-Mandurah's batting troubles continued as the Cameron Heron and co ripped through the batting order once again. Achieving an outright victory by 227 runs.
Gosnells 111 Def by Fremantle 200 , 4/41
Fremantle have come away with the points against Gosnells over the weekend which places them 4 and 1 after the first 5 rounds. Gosnell's winning the toss and electing to bowl first, a solid performance by the middle order in Mathew Voorn (49) and Charith De Silva (40n.o) helped Fremantle reach a par total of 200 all out. Aiden Padua performed well with the ball taking 4 wickets. In response Fremantles bowling was sound as J Bussanich (30) was the top scorer for side who were restricted to just 111. Lovepreeet Singh was amongst the wickets once again claiming 4 for the cost of just 20 runs. Fremantle secured the win and finished the second days play at 4/41.
Mount Lawley 7-259(dec) (Winton 114, Yandle 52) b Claremont-Nedlands 121 and 0-82; Fremantle 200 and 4-41 b Gosnells 111; Joondalup 8-244(cc) (Farmer 57) b Bayswater-Morley 229 (Egan 74, Merrin 71); Midland-Guildford 145 (Barnett 58) and 6-93 b Wanneroo 134 (Clare 5-42); University 140 (Howieson 67; Dennis 5-41) b Scarborough 134 (Sharpe 5-35, Pearson 5-41) and 5-157 (N Licastro 71); Perth 129(cc) (Moore 53no; Parker 5-40) and 88 b Subiaco Floreat 117 (Mishra 6-50) and 4-95; South Perth 138 (Heron 74) and 6-241(dec) (Duplessis 97, Higham 78) b Rockingham-Mandurah 73 and 79; Melville 6-139 b Willetton 111 (Fry 5-36)