Willeton are a sitting atop the 2nd Grade Ladder after the first round of the New Year with a tight win against Joondalup away from home. Willeton won the toss and elected to bat first which led to a very impressive innings from opening batsmen Prad Gunaratne (91) alongside Sean Brennan (41) who took their team to a solid 220 at the end of their 50 overs. Tawera Waru was the main striker with ball in hand for Joondalup as he had figures of 3 for 42 after 10 overs. In response Joondalup will be disappointed as no batsmen could register a match winning innings Zak Birchall (34) and Blake O'Loughlin (29) provided a late surge to try and snatch the points however it was not to be as they were dismissed 3 runs short of the target. Brett Bayley was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 35 off 9 overs.
Claremont-Nedland's upset 3rd placed Bayswater Morley at Hillcrest on the weekend. Winning the toss and electing to bat the Tigers struggled to construct a big partnership before Callum Parker (58) and Michael Hammond (30) pushed late to help get their score to 195 at the end of the innings. Bayswater-Morley's Steve Tompsett was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 29 of 10. In response Claremont-Nedlands were switched on with the ball as they swooped with early wickets. James Pike was excellent picking up 5 for 38 a late cameo from Grant Thristle (47) and Daniel Del Prete (43) helped the team get within 5 runs however it was not to be as Claremont-Nedland's held on for a fine upset win.
Around The Grounds
Claremont-Nedlands 9-195(cc) (Parker 58no) b Bayswater-Morley 190 (J Pike 5-38); South Perth v Fremantle 193 (Camarda 50no); Melville 185 (Russell 61) b Midland-Guildford 106; Rockingham-Mandurah 6-184(cc) (Robertson 70) b Gosnells 169 (Hogarth 5-23); Perth 9-171 (Nelson 69no) b Scarborough 170 (Strachan 61); University 5-156 (Seneviratne 56no) b Subiaco Floreat 155 (Syed 69); Mount Lawley 8-223(cc) (Davis 61, Marciano 55) b Wanneroo 203; Willetton 6-220(cc) b Joondalup 217.
Wanneroo have registered their first win of the new year which places them nicely in 2nd place on the 3rd grade ladder with a win against Mount Lawley on Saturday. Winning the toss and electing to bat first the Roo's started roughly as they lost early wickets however a solid knock from Graeme Atkinson (67) helped his side recover to a solid total of 181. Mount Lawley's pick of the bowlers was Liam Armstrong-Ward clinching 3 for 32 and James Noble with 3 for 27. The game looked quite even at the change of innings and Mount Lawley had a solid start Luke Worthington (32) however a couple of run outs of key batsmen brought Wanneroo back into the game and the pressure moment's went to the Roo's as they took home the win as they bowled Mount Lawley out for 176. Josh Quelch was in fine touch again taking 4 wickets for just 25 runs off 7 overs alongside Tim Bond who had 3 wickets for 40 runs off his 9.
Rockingham-Mandurah enjoyed their first win of the new year against Gosnell's away from home. Gosnell's won the toss and elected to bat first after a solid start Warren Goes (86) was in fine form reaching the boundary 6 times on his way, alongside him, team mate Christian Agostino (32) who also helped Gosnell's reach 191 from their 45 overs. Wickets were shared across the board fro Rockingham-Mandurah. In response Rockingham-Mandurah's opening batsmen performed strongly Jye Clark (59) and Craig George (38) as Gosnell's suffered 25 extra's which they would have liked to eradicate. In the end Rockingham-Mandurah were victorious as they reached the total 6 down in the 43rd over.
Claremont-Nedlands v Bayswater-Morley (No result provided); Fremantle 8-258 (Pearson 50) b South Perth 9-255 (Collins 3-37, Mclean 3-66); Rockingham-Mandurah 6-194 (Clark 59) v Gosnells 5-191(cc) (Goes 86no); Perth 8-173 (Hardy 5-30) b Scarborough 6-172; University 6-53 (Massey 4-20) b Subiaco Floreat 51 (Aldridge 5-19); Wanneroo 181 (Atkinson 67; Noble 3-27, Ward-armstrong 3-32) b Mount Lawley 176 (Quelch 4-25, Bond 3-40); Willetton v Joondalup (No result provided); Midland-Guildford v Melville (No result provided).
University enjoyed their 3rd win of the season against Subiaco-Floreat. University who won the toss and electing to bowl first at Alderbury Reserve. Mitchell Adamos (63) performed very strongly at the top of the order followed by Nathan Bothma (63n.o) that helped their side to a very strong 223 off their 45 overs. Cassie Stephens took 2 wickets for the cost of 41 off her 9 overs. It was University's day with the bat as after the loss of 1 wicket Nishanth Sampath (104n.o) and Josh Thorneycroft (103n.o) both scored unbeaten centuries to guide University home in a win they will not soon forget.
Melville defeated Midland-Guildford at Tompkins Park on the weekend, sitting mid table a win was much needed. After winning the toss Melville decided to have a bat first. Opening batsmen T Smith (139) made the day his own as he smashed 16 boundaries including 4 six's in his fine knock that rocketed Melville to a very strong total of 271 off their 45 overs. Wicket's were shared across the board for Midland-Guildord. The away side had their work cut out for them from the very start and with such a large target needed someone to replicate the innings off Smith, Daniel Griffith's made a solid contribution of 43. However after a number of starts no one was able to register an innings of note and get them even close to 271. Nicholas Veletta was very good with 4 for 21 off just 4 overs alongside Shaun Byrne who took 3 for 14 off 18.
Bayswater-Morley 8-225(cc) (Volk 62; Bartley 4-47) b Claremont-Nedlands 9-210(cc) (Campion 60; Adjie 4-26); South Perth 4-83 b Fremantle 81 (Johnson 3-17, Allen 3-20); Melville 4-271(cc) b Midland-Guildford 180; Gosnells 8-255(cc) (Bachman 89; Miles 4-34, Clark 3-48) b Rockingham-Mandurah 107 (Adams 5-21, Matthews 3-23); Perth 1-97 b Scarborough 96; University 1-229 b Subiaco Floreat 4-223(cc) (Adamos 63, Bothma 63no); Wanneroo 7-205(cc) (Parker 104no; Kennedy 4-41) b Mount Lawley 9-198(cc) (Melbin 66); Joondalup 9-234 (Hooley 57; Hepburn 4-37) b Willetton 172 (Mcglade 3-30).