Masterclass performances from Ben Wright, Jayden Derosa and Brandon Burt helped Waroona maintain their hold on top spot with their fourth consecutive win in round 15 of the Peel Cricket Association season on Saturday.
Wright’s bowling destroyed the Halls Head batting order early in the match, as he helped himself to stunning figures of 5/14.
His efforts had Waroona on the front foot early, and an outstanding 159-run opening partnership between Derosa and Burt saw the side chase down Halls Head’s 151 before the loss of their first wicket.
Derosa starred with a dominant 123 to record his second century of the 2017/18 season, while Burt blasted out 70 of his own.
The duo’s stand surpassed a Halls Head line-up that struggled after electing to bat first.
Openers Scott Martin (19) and Reid Klopper (30) started with promise but their dismissals were succeeded by a flow of regular wickets.
Will Eason (30) did his best to resist Waroona’s attack but the side could only muster 151 before being all out in the 46th over.
Derosa and Burt ignited the chase and secured the win before Mitchell Smith chimed in with his own 40 runs as Waroona finished 5/280 from their 50 overs.
The win keeps Waroona atop the table still just half a game ahead of Singleton.
Mandurah defeat Hillman
Jeremy Leatherbarrow pieced together arguably the best individual performance of the season when he smoked Hillman with a stunning 223 runs on Saturday.
The opener topped Hillman’s total score (99) by a whopping 124 runs, as he piled up the first double-ton the PCA’s A-grade competition has seen since Andrew Peckover’s unbeaten 200 in November 2015.
Mitchell Hind top-scored for Hillman with 36 but the side couldn’t resist Sach In’s bowling as he claimed 4/12.
Leatherbarrow did the rest of the work to secure Mandurah their ninth win on the year.
Pinjarra defeat Baldivis
Pinjarra picked up a crucial win when an unbeaten century from Jamie Lee led their side over the White Knights in round 15.
Lee chalked up 116 not out from 162 deliveries, almost surpassing Baldivis’ total of 125 off his own bat.
The White Knights only claimed two Pinjarra wickets in the 50 overs with Patrick Gorman (24), Jacob Gittos (29) and Jake Foley (24 not out) enjoying the prosperous day.
The win lets the Tigers hang on to their top four spot with a hungry South Mandurah circling.
South Mandurah defeat Warnbro
Blistering bowling and a near-century from Brad Holmes paved the way for South Mandurah to claim their fifth straight win on Saturday.
Holmes spearheaded the Falcons’ attack on Warnbro’s line-up, with his 4/29 figures playing a key role in dismissing the Swans on 76 before even making it to the 25 over mark.
He backed it up with a stellar 92 runs as Souths rolled to a win that ensured they maintain a 9-6 record on the year, even with top four sides Mandurah and Pinjarra.
The Falcons will continue their attempt to surge into the top four with just three games left before finals.
Singleton defeat Shoalwater Bay
Solid bowling helped Singleton defend 197 runs to pick up their 13th victory of the season with a win over Shoalwater Bay.
Danny Woollard led the way with 62 runs helping the Irwinians to a total 197 before they were all out at the end of the 46th over.
Shoalwater Bay had the chance to cause an upset but a disastrous start saw them slump to a 5/9 hole.
Tim Hutchison’s 3/12 led the way for the reigning premiers, as they dismissed the seals on 114.