Junior Mariners rise through wet weather

IN THE Rockingham Mandurah Mariners junior grades the wet weather failed to damp the results.

The Mariners under 17s clashed with Midland-Guildford at Lilac Hill with the home side electing to bat.

With the Mariners set for a day in the field, Midland-Guilford were left to rue the decision to bat as the top order collapsed to 3/7.

Paceman Robert Botha tore through the top order before finishing the day with 4/9 from 10 overs. 

Midland-Guildford limped to 4/25 before leg spinner Kyle Gardiner claimed four quick wickets to put the opposition even further behind the eight-ball.

 The tail showed a bit of resolve before Midland-Guildford was all out for 88.

 Gardiner claimed 4/19 from his nine overs. 

In the under 15s Midland-Guildford were in early trouble at Lark Hill. 

Aaron Burrage, 2/11, and Matt Edwards, 2/11, picked up early wickets before a brief middle order fightback.

Jordan Brokate, 3/30, and Lachlan Kinna, 1/15, were able to clean up the middle order and leave Midland-Guildford 8/98 at the close of play from the 40 overs played in between the showers.

In the under 14s the Mariners had a fantastic win against last year’s undefeated side Claremont/Nedlands.

After Clare- mont/Nedlands won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a belting batting strip, some excellent opening bowling from Danial Sudden and Jordann Ness kept the openers very quiet and the pressure began to build. 

The breakthrough came with an excellent piece of fielding from Joel Humble to affect a run out. 

This set the tone for the day, with four of the first Claremont/Nedlands batsmen run out with all bowlers maintaining the pressure with tight lines and excellent pace. 

Griffin Polglaze ended the day with 3/8 to return the best figures, but it was a complete effort from all the boys to stifle the opposition. 

Chasing 82 for win, the Mariners lost opener Kurt Fassom early and then Jacob Hodson who retired hurt when he was struck a nasty blow to his hip. 

This brought Adam France to the crease and along with Jaxon Standing, the two set about cementing the win with a fantastic partnership of 85. 

France went on to score 88, before Joel Humble demoralised the tiring bowlers with an unbeaten quick-fire 65.

In the under 13s the Mariners were involved in a thriller against Claremont/Nedlands. 

The western suburbs boys managed 9/90 in their 40 overs with Lewis Starbuck, 3/1, and Damien Burrage, 2/10, the main wicket takers.

The Mariners batsmen made a great effort in chasing down the total with Burrage, 19, and Matthew Jakins, 20, the leading batsmen. 

The Mariners efforts produced a heart-stopping finish for spectators with one wicket left to get two runs for the win.

Unfortunately for the Mariners with three balls left they lost their final wicket to finish all out for 89.

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