Melville have proceeded through to the 2nd Grade Competition Grand Final as defeating Perth Cricket Club at Tompkins Park on Sunday. Perth won the toss and elected to bowl first. Melville made a slender total of 150 all out in the 57th over. Tom Smith (44) and Peter Rowe (35) we're the highest contributors for Melville. In what seemed a slender total to defend, Perth succumbed to the bowling of Bryce Jackson as he claimed a very impressive 6 for 32 off 13 overs as the Demons were dismissed for 110. With a lead of 40 runs Melville then added 124 in their second innings, Adam Shaw (25) and Peter Rowe (35) performed well. Perth quick Alex Calmy claimed 4 wickets for 33 leading the Perth fight back. A lead of 164 proved too much for the Demons as they fell for 125 on the back of another stellar display from Bryce Jackson 4 for 54. Angus Webster (35) was the highest contributor for Perth.
Bayswater-Morley will meet Melville in the Grand Final of the Second Grade Competition after a victory over Mount Lawley on the weekend. In a battle between 2nd and 3rd it was sure to be a tight contest between the two sides at Breckler Park, Mount Lawley won the toss and elected to bat first. For Mount Lawley there we're several contributions Andrew Bottega (44) and Thomas Renk (35) we're the top scorers however no one could continue on to higher contributions as Steve Tompsett claimed 6 wickets for 53 to stem the flow of runs, at the close of innings Melville reached 214. Fortunately for Bayswater Morley exceptional performances from batsmen Ross Loiacono (77n.o) and Callum O'Connor (46) saw the side home in the 72nd over in a very strong win after only losing 4 wickets.
Melville have secured a place in the 3rd Grade Grand Final as they enjoyed a win against University on the weekend at Tompkins Park. Melville won the toss and chose to bat first. After a few contributions S Collings (60) and J Mahoney (38) were the highest of contributors for the Storm. University pacemen Robin Lines claimed 4 for 31 followed closely by team mate Joshua Sharpe 4 for 41 in two impressive performances. At the close of innings Melville were bowled out for 186. In response University struggled to fire a shot they succumbed to strong bowling of Melville. Sam Howieson (28) made an impressive start followed by Josh Thorneycroft (25) however a fine spell of bowling from Cameron Taylor claimed 4 for 20. University were tumbled out for 2017 in the 50th over. Melville finished the day batting at 2 wickets down for 60.
The Perth Cricket Club have continued their fine season in the 3rd Grade Competition as they earned a spot in the Grand Final against Melville. The Demons defeated Wanneroo at Kingsway Sports Ground in a strong performance. Perth won the toss and elected to bowl first. Perth looked shaky early however a very impressive captains knock from Michael Neves (107) was a timely ton as he helped his side reach a strong total of 221. For Wanneroo Donavinn Fryer claimed 4 wickets for 25 followed by Josh Quelch who took 3 for 60. Perth then backed up their strong effort with the bat, claiming early wickets to gain quick momentum. D Fryer (42) and T Bond (33) combined in the middle order however in the end weight of runs proved insurmountable for the home side as they were dismissed for 148. Eamon Munday's leg spinners we're very effective on the day as he claimed 3 wickets for just 15 runs followed by youngster Cooper Carrington was impressive with 3 wickets for 32 runs. Perth now meet rivals Melville in the Grand Final.
Midland Guildford we're fortunate to hold of a gallant Bayswater Morley to earn a spot in the 4th Grade Competition Grand Final over the weekend at Lilac Hill. Midland Guildford whom finished the season in 3rd place needed to at least draw in order to continue their campaign into the next week as the lower placed Bayswater Morley required nothing less than a victory. Bayswater Morley won the toss and elected to bat first making way for a excellent performance from opening batsmen Bradley Gartrell (117) who's timely knock gave Bayswater a very competitive first innings lead. Kevin Carlson (44) and Nicholas Merrin (60n.o) also we're impressive further rallying up the total for their side. William Gray was exceptional with the ball as he had figures of 5 wickets for 14 in 19 overs. Given the circumstances of the match Bayswater-Morley would be doing everything within their capabilities to bowl over the Midland Guildford line up, however the home side we're stubborn as a number of batsmen batted for long periods of time in ambition to see the day out. Tom Alderson (97) saw off 227 deliveries in his knock followed by Luke Jenson 40 (146). In a commendable performance from Bayswater Morley, Caleb Waller had the best of figures with 2 for 34 from 20 overs. After 109 overs reaching 7 wickets down Midland Guildford saw off Bayswater Morley and time was called and the match was called a draw.
Ladder leaders South Perth have continued their strong form from the 4th Grade Season through to the Grand Final as they defeated Joondalup at Richardson Park on the weekend. Joondalup won the toss and elected to bat however this decision did not pay off as they were tumbled out for a shallow 126. The bowling of South Perth proved too strong lead by Liam Johnson with 4 wickets for 17 runs from 10 overs. With bat in hand South Perth didn't falter as they reached the total comfortably. Giles Spencer-Wright (77) was very impressive at number 3 to see them meet Midland Guildford in the Grand Final next weekend.