Melville have commenced their finals campaign on a positive note as they defeated Scarborough over the weekend. Scarborough won the toss and elected to bowl first at Tompkins Park. A number of Melville batsmen contributed throughout the innings as Luke Benquista (45) and Liam Duffield (46) we're the leading run scorers for the Storm. At the close of innings they finished with 215 from 80.4 overs. Scarborough's Liam Stevens claimed a valuable 5 wicket haul for the cost of 45 runs for his side. Chasing 215 for victory, Scarborough's top order struggled early putting immediate pressure on the lower order batsmen. Jeremy Boyle (35) provided some resistance lower in the order alongside Mathew Hunter (37). The bowling of Melville came up victorious as they wrapped up the Gulls innings for 123 in the 62nd over. Liam Duffield and Bryce Jackson each claimed 3 wickets for Melville as they look to continue their campaign through the finals.
Mount Lawley also came out victorious against Willeton over the weekend in their Semi Final at Brecker Park. Willeton won the toss and elected to bat first however fell victim to a strong Mount Lawley bowling outfit. Shayne Wornes (27) was the highest of contributors in the middle order as Willeton crumbled to a first innings total of 113. Simon Douglas was the chief destroyer with 4 for 30 off 11 overs alongside team mate Gurkeerat Pabla who claimed 3 for 33 off 17 overs. In response, Mount Lawley started sluggishly as they lost early wickets however this was to be rectified by a number of contributors in the middle order. Tully Biglin (73) and Jack Kavanagh (101 not out) where the leading runs scorers for Mount Lawley as they cruised past the total and posted 278 for the loss of just 5 wickets. Nic Geisler claimed 2 wickets for Willeton.
Around The Grounds
Perth 7-242(dec) (Nelson 68) b Bayswater-Morley 169.
Ladder leaders of the 3rd Grade Competition Wanneroo were victorious against Bayswater Morley at Kingsway Sports Ground over the weekend. Bayswater Morley won the toss and chose to bowl first which seemed like a great decision early on as Bayswater-Morley claimed 3 early wickets. However a crucial contribution from Allan Hall (51) and Graeme Atkinson (55) resurrected the innings to reach a competitive total of 207. Christian Lee claimed impressive figures of 4 for 41 off 17 for Bayswater-Morley. Wanneroo provided a tremendous display with the ball as they tumbled Bayswater-Morley out for just 59. Josh Quelch claimed remarkable figures of 6 for 29 off just 11 overs. With a massive 148 run lead Bayswater-Morley kept themselves in the game as they rolled Wanneroo for a slender 102. Bryce Jeffrey claimed a very well earned 5 wicket haul followed by Christain Lee who claimed 4 wickets. Bayswater-Morley required 250 runs for victory, the away side performed much better than their fist innings effort as a number of batsmen contributed J Fontana (44) and C Todd (40) provided Bayswater-Morley with a chance of victory. However in the end the visitors were 30 runs short of the target. Josh Quelch claimed wickets once again with 4 for 70 off 15 in and excellent performance.
Perth we're victorious against University in their Semi Final at UWA Sports Ground on the weekend. In a game between 3rd and 4th place the game was sure to be a hard fought match. Perth won the toss and elected to bat first. Eamon Munday (76) and Michael Neves (58) batted very well and built a very strong total for their side. Cooper Carrington (38 not out) also made a valuable contribution lower down in the order. Perth declared at 8/242, Universities bowlers toiled hard through out the day without too much luck, off spinner Sam Howieson had the tidiest figures of 2 for 36 off 22 overs. In response for University there were a number of starts however no one could go on and contribute a match winning knock. Josh Thorneycroft (42) and Wade Drummond (36) we're the highest of contributors. Perth's Alex Snadden was very impressive with the ball as he claimed 4 for 42 off 18 overs as Perth claimed the victory.
Around the Grounds
Melville 127 and 7-175 b South Perth 101
South Perth may have finished at the top of the order in the 4th Grade Competition but they came away with a defeat at the hands of 6th placed Bayswater-Morley over the weekend at Richardson Park. Bayswater-Morley won the toss and elected to bat first. Bradley Gartrell (104) played a tremendous knock facing 260 balls and hitting 14 boundaries for Bayswater-Morley. Nicholas Merrin (93) was also outstanding in his performance as the visitors reached a tremendous first innings knock of 296. For South Perth Christopher Shaw claimed a very worthy 5 wicket haul for the cost of 89 runs. In response South Perth started very well as Christopher Andrews (51) and Lachy Higham (65) both went past fifty, soon followed by Andrew Flint (51 not out) who gave South Perth a fighting chance at the total. The bowling of Liam Rose and Sam Weston was enough to keep South Perth 57 runs shy of victory. Rose finished with 4 wickets for 32 followed by Weston who claimed 3 wickets for 63 as Bayswater-Morley book a place in the preliminary finals.
Wanneroo's 4th grade season has come to an end at the hands of Midland Guildford at Lilac Hill. As 6th place Bayswater-Morley defeated South Perth this was a must win match. Wanneroo won the toss and elected to at first. Unfortunately for the visitors they suffered the loss of quick wickets however middle order batsmen James Dicarlo (79) played extremely well combining with his captain David Minear (58) to help Wanneroo reach a competitive 209 runs. Tom Alderson was the best of the bowlers for Midland Guildford as he claimed 3 for 42 off 17 overs. Midland-Guildford lost their openers early however the middle order performed strongly as Daniel Griffiths (67 not out) provided a match winning performance alongside Mathew O'Keefe (38) and Tom Alderson (39). For Wanneroo their were multiple wicket takers across the board. Thanks to these performances Midland-Guildford proceeded to the next round as Wanneroo's season came to an end.
Joondalup 162 (Yandle 5-27) b Mount Lawley 153 (Pearson 83; Mcglade 6-47).