The Alochol.ThinkAgain WA Premier Cricket moved into the Elimination Finals of the Senior Men's competition. With the top 6 teams vying for glory, plenty of hard-fought matches were contested, which provided thrilling entertainment. To catch up with highlights from the lower grades please read below and check out all of the scores on MyCricket.
Bayswater-Morley were asked to bat first after Midland-Guildford won the toss on a cloudy morning. Jake Egan (72) provided a solid foundation at the top of the batting order while Grant Thistle played a superb innings of 96* to lead Bayswater-Morley's efforts of pushing for a strong score. A handy contribution of 55 down the order from Jeffrey Willey saw the Bears finish with 7/311 off 90 overs. In response, the Bears bowlers gave nothing away as they bundled Midland-Guildford for 100 with only 4 batters reaching double figures. Callum Wiggers led the charge with 6/21 while Jarrad Daniells picked up 3/15 in a dominant win for Bayswater-Morley.
Fremantle put Scarborough in to bat on Abbett Park in tricky batting conditions after winning the toss. The decision proved costly as Nathan Hutchison played a stellar knock of 103 and with reasonable contributions from the rest of the batting line-up, pushed Scarborough's total to 284. Samuel Greer bowled well for Fremantle, taking 4/49 and Jack Camarda picked up 3/101. Fremantle's chase as off to a tricky start with 3 quick wickets before Hudson Toomey's 79 played a key role in stabilising the innings. Eventally, the Gulls bowling proved too good as the Port were dismissed for 210. Ryan Knight led with 3/58 in a combined team effort.
In keeping with the trend, Willetton also won the toss and elected to bowl first against Claremont-Nedlands. Daniel Rees (64) provided a strong start to the Tigers on top of the order and a late contribution of 57* from Alex Trimboli saw Claremont-Nedlands finish with 209. Waheguru Dhillon & Ellis Cassidy finished with 3 wickets each. In response, Oliver Arkinstall (55) & Sean Brennan (68) anchored the Dragons batting to take them to a hard-earned win with 3 wickets to spare as James Taylor challenged the batters, picking up 4/62.
Subiaco-Floreat went into bat after winning the toss against Perth. Several contributions from the batting order saw the Lions finish on 7/258 with Brodee Lockwood top-scoring with 65. Martyn Bernardino bowled well for Perth to pick up 4 wickets. The bowling effort from Subiaco-Floreat was dominant as Perth batters didn't offer much resistance, being bowled out for 157. Andrew Nicholson led the way with 4/36 in a comprehensive win.
Bayswater-Morley were asked to bat first by Wanneroo. This led to a strong batting performance from the Bears as all batters dominated the bowling. Andrew Brigden-Guthrie scored 56 opening the batting while Cameron Todd & Kevin Carlson scored 55 each to push Bayswater-Morley to 8/279. In response, the Roos batters were no match to the Bears bowling as they were bowled out for 110. Lachlan Dique was the chief destroyer, picking up 5/18.
Scarborough batted first against Fremantle as they faced challenging batting conditions. After an early collapse, a gritty effort from Sean O'Callaghan (50) & Kealy Farrant (46) saw Scarborough finish with a modest total of 161. Levi McKay was the pick of the bowlers for Fremantle, picking up 5/33. Fremantle's batting saw an early collapse being reduced to 4/11 courtesy of some accurate bowling from the Gulls. The Port innings hit an ice-berg as the slow struggle of run-scoring began among some superb bowling, which eventually saw Fremantle bowled out for 57. Lachlan White picked up 3/9 in a dominant win for Scarborough.
Joondalup won the toss and elected to bat first against University. Cayden Baker led the batting effort with 52 as Joondalup finished with 214. Josh Watt bowled well to pick up 4/35. University batters failed the test as they were skittled for 69 courtesy of some sensational bowling from Joondalup, mainly led by Matthew Shyne (4/12).
Willetton asked Subiaco-Floreat to bat first after winning the toss. The Lions made most of the opportunity after a couple of early wickets. Led by Guy Taylor's 111, Subiaco-Floreat finished with 9/230 at the end of day 1. The rain played spoil-sport on day 2 as the match was abandoned with no result.
Bayswater-Morley were asked to bat first by Perth. Connor Dimech led the way with the bat, scoring 72 with supporting innings from Reece Abrams (50) & Elijah Ward-Armstrong (55) to push the score to 9/254. Kunal Mishra took 4/40 & Kim Kothstein took 3/58 in the bowling efforts for Perth. Perth's pursuit of the target was troublesome as the Bears bowling proved far too good, with Demons dismissed for 83. Mal Wilde (3/13) & Sam Henley (3/3) were pick of the bowlers for Bayswater-Morley.
Semi-Finals continue next week with Two-Day matches being played on back-to-back days to further narrow down the finalists for all premierships.