Alcohol.ThinkAgain WA Premier Cricket
Round 1 - Saturday 5th October 2019 - One-Day
First Grade Review
Alochol Think.Again WA Premier Cricket 2019-20 season kicked off over the weekend with One-Day cricket as Round 1 was played on Saturday 5th October 2019. With great anticipation among clubs, players & officials alike, Round 1 produced challenges around inclement weather which resulted in 2 fixtures being washed out. With wet weather not dampening the spirits, some high-quality entertainment was witnessed in rest of the matches. Here's a summary of how it all went:
Fremantle v Rockingham-Mandurah at Stevens West
Fremantle won the toss and sent Rockingham-Mandurah in to bat under gloomy conditions. The decision proved to be a fruitful one as the Mariner men struggled to tackle tough conditions losing 5/58, with Timothy Miles returning impressive figures of 4/24 off his 10 overs. Some late resistance led by Brandon Burt (75*) helped the Mariners finish at a competitive 7/198 off their 50 overs. As Port set about the chase, Sam Whiteman looked in spectacular touch as he amassed 90* off 115 balls to steer his team to a comfortable 7-wicket win over their arch-rivals.
Gosnells v Mount Lawley at Sutherlands 1
The battle of the Hawks saw the visitors win the toss and put Gosnells in to bat under bowling friendly conditions. While batting proved difficult, a gritty team effort by the batsmen saw Gosnells finish at 8/192 off their 50 overs with Daniel Payne (40) being the top scorer. Mount Lawley bowlers enjoyed economical returns with Phil Walshaw (3/29 off 8) being the best with the ball. In response, Mount Lawley lost two quick wickets when Clint Hincliffe & Dylan Sharman combined to consolidate the score. A fantastic 96* off 111 from Sharman saw Mount Lawley soar to a comfortable 4-wicket win with just over 10 overs to spare.
Joondalup v Bayswater-Morley at Iluka 1
Keeping with the trend, Joondalup won the toss and elected to bowl. This would seem a challenge as the Bears enjoyed good batting conditions at Iluka as the top order provided Bayswater-Morley a strong start. Impressive knocks from young guns Ryleigh Cameron (78 off 104) & Lane Berry (78 off 105) saw the Bears to a very respectable 6/237 off their 50 overs. The chase had a shaky start as Centurions lost 2 quick wickets before wicket-keeper batsman Josh Inglis (79 off 70) played a fiery knock to change the momentum as Jake Zsilinszky (67*) & Daniel Berry (46*) saw Joondalup home comfortably, chasing the target with 6 wickets to spare.
Melville v Subiaco-Floreat at Tompkins 1
Due to inclement weather causing covers to be blown off, the match was abandoned with pitch being unsuitable for play.
Midland-Guildford v Claremont-Nedlands at Lilac Hill 1
Match of the round was witnessed at Lilac Hill as Claremont-Nedlands won the toss and asked Midland-Guildford to have a bat. The Swans made most of the opportunity with Tom Beaton leading the charge, however being very unlucky to miss out on a spectacular century after being run out on 99 off 95 balls, as nervous as nineties get! Keaton Critchell contributed with 66 as well to lead his team to a total of 8/231 off rain-reduced 47 overs. Matt Kelly was impressive for the Tigers, picking up 3/36. In response, Claremont-Nedlands showed their class, with contributions from Tim David (52), Brad Hope (52) at the top and Joel Paris making 62 in the middle-order. Matt Kelly held his own with the bat as well, guiding his team to a closely fought 3-wicket win with 6 balls to spare.
Scarborough v South Perth at Abbett East
After a minor delay, Scarborough won the toss and elected to bowl, with AJ Tye putting on a show with the ball, picking up 4/25 off his 10 overs. Darius D'Silva stood tall, making 83 as lower order cameos helped South Perth to a total of 8/202 off 49 overs. In response, the Gulls made light work of the chase, led by skipper Nic Maiolo (55), with youngsters Jacob Johnston (50*) & Liam Knight (40*) helping Scarborough to a comfortable 6-wicket win.
Wanneroo v Perth at Kingsway 1
Inclement weather dampened the start of the season for Wanneroo & Perth as well, with the match being abandoned due to unsuitable conditions.
Willetton v University at Burrendah 1
University were faced with a steep challenge as they visited the Dragons' den, electing to bat after winning the toss. Ashton Agar starred with 80 off 109 as University finished with 9/224 off their 50 overs. Darcy Short impressed, this time with the ball, picking up 3/34 off his 10 overs. It was only a matter of time, as he starred with the bat as well, making 78 opening the batting. Cam Bancroft picked up where he left last season, scoring a solid 50. This was however where the joy ended for the Dragons, as they lost 9/79 after to be all out for 183. Viv Paver led the charge with the ball, picking up 3/26 off 10 overs as University recorded their first win at Burrendah Park since 1994!