The batting woke from its slumber in round seven of the Western Australian Premier Cricket season for Rockingham-Mandurah against Subiaco-Floreat last weekend.
First and second grades both posted large totals that will give the bowlers every opportunity to attack with aggressive fields to get ten Lions wickets this Saturday.
At Lark Hill, Brandon Burt was handed first grade cap 104 by recently retired club stalwart Tony Coulson and quickly looked the part as he smashed 80 off 71 balls to top off the groundwork by Mitch Green and Dane Ugle.
The pair rescued the Mariners from 3/31 and took the score to 4/185 to give the team a look at posting 300 plus. Ugle struck 77 from 126 deliveries which featured 10 fours and a six.
It was Green, absorbing the early punishment before flourishing later in his 177 ball vigil, who got the kudos as he punched his way to a maiden first grade ton, finally trapped leg-before-wicket for 102.
Pleasingly for Rockingham-Mandurah’s coaching staff another partnership blossomed as Burt and Aaron Burrage (47) added another 110 for the sixth wicket to easily record the team’s biggest score of the season at 9/345.
Early trouble struck second grade at Floreat Oval but the blazing bat of Adam France propelled the Mariners to 331.
France dispatched the bowling here, there and everywhere with his 116* batting at number eight turning the game on its head.
Damien Burrage and Kevin Dubicki provided stout resistance in the middle order to stop the rampaging Subiaco-Floreat bowling pack to set the stage.
Burrage fell for 53 and Dubicki for 43 and while France’s fireworks went off, Jordan Clark, followed by Ryan Done struck 36 apiece to keep momentum flowing to the visitors.
This continued till stumps as Rockingham-Mandurah reduced the home side to 4/48 in the last hour of day one.
Chris Phelps and Daniel Abel were a two man wrecking crew for third grade at Lark Hill to bowl Subiaco-Floreat out for 185.
Phelps claimed a five-wicket haul finishing 21 overs to snare 5/51 while Abel’s bag saw him wheel away for 24 overs in taking 4/43.
The Mariners will need a further 171 runs for victory when they resume this Saturday at 2/15.
Fourth grade made steady progress at Alderbury Reserve being dismissed late in the day for 165 on a slow outfield that will be more than defendable.
Sean Guppy lead the way with 33 and had the company of Luke Green (31) and Sam Liersch (29) to grind away for the Mariners and give them something to bowl at.
The Twenty20 matches at Lark Hill went the way of the visitors with Melville’s ladies winning by 52 runs in the early game before Perth Scorcher and Australian representative Andrew Tye (72), cast in the unfamiliar role of batsman, helped Scarborough home by 50 runs in the men’s match.
The under 17s are just 20 runs away from victory after the bowling crashed through Subiaco-Floreat.
Ronan Hogarth (3/16) took out the head and Bevan Kearney (3/6) the tail of the Lions for all out 91, followed up by Kai Harrsion’s 34 in the Mariners stumps score of 3/72.
The under 15s will need 200 in their steepest chase of the season as Subiaco-Floreat finished their allotment of overs at 4/199.
Nathan Goodrick was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/25 from 10 overs.
Saturday sees the completion of round seven versus Subiaco-Floreat with first grade starting their quest for 10 wickets at 11.40am.
On Sunday, Rockingham-Mandurah’s women play Midland-Guildford at Lilac Hill, Guildford while the men travel to Fremantle in their quest to stay in the 20 over competition with two matches from 10am.