Singleton Irwinians defeat Mandurah
Singleton kept its win/loss record unblemished over the weekend, stretching their winning streak to six with a victory over Mandurah.
Electing to bat first, Singleton overcame an uneven performance thanks to strong totals from opener Andrew Peckover (30), Joseph Senz (23), Jamie Glascoe (37) and 10th-in-line David Morgan (40).
Despite other batsmen struggling to find rhythm and Mandurah bowler Hamish Free taking a five-wicket haul, the Irwinians posted 183 runs before being all-out in the final over.
Mandurah got off to a horror start in their run chase, losing in-form batsman Ian Lattimore for just five runs.
Dylan Smith (32) and Matt Jenkinson (33 not out) dug deep, but a lack of support led to Mandurah being dismissed for 135 runs in the 40th over.
Mandurah remains in the top four despite the loss, while Singleton is sitting pretty atop the ladder.
Hillman defeat Waroona
Hillman pulled off the upset of the round when they stood strong and chased down a huge Waroona total for their first win of the year.
Waroona appeared ready to cruise to victory after Ben Wright posted a massive 121 not out, teaming with 58 from Jayden Derosa to lead the side to 3/231 from their 50 overs.
But Hillman stood tall despite Waroona’s lofty target, and carved out a win on the back of near-centuries to Trent Goodrick (92) and Phil Green (93).
While the batsmen would have preferred to reach triple figures, their stellar knocks paved the way for Hillman’s first victory as the side finished on 4/250 from their 50 overs.
White Knights Baldivis defeat Pinjarra
White Knights Baldivis reaffirmed their spot in the league’s top four with a win over a spirited Pinjarra outfit in round eight.
Led once again by a blistering knock from Cameron Reyne, Baldivis was able to surpass Pinjarra’s total of 197 and post an intimidating 273 from just 235 deliveries.
Batting first, Pinjarra was bolstered by healthy hits from Chris Zadow (51) and Patrick Gorman (45). Withstanding the Baldivis bowling attack, Pinjarra finished their overs on 8/197.
But Baldivis blasted their way to a win, going at a strike rate of 6.97 runs per over.
Reyne finished with 98, a performance that follows on from 116 last week, while Jai Sinclair was a force with 68 of his own.
The pair received good support from the remainder of the line-up, as Baldivis took a win batting just 39.1 overs.
Halls Head defeat Warnbro Swans
Halls Head picked themselves up from the bottom of the ladder when they recorded their first win of the 2016/17 season by inching out a victory over the Swans.
Both sides entered the game without a win, but 40 runs from Joel Evans went a long way to helping Halls Head register their first.
The Swans picked up the bat first, with Kane Standing (51), Mitchell Cowan (25) and Brian Martin (25) buoying them to 155 runs before the side was dismissed with an over left.
But Evans’ 40, Cameron Burrage’s 31 and 20 extras from the Warnbro bowlers allowed Halls Head to tally 157 runs and take a win.
The teams have now switched positions on the ladder, with Halls Head residing in ninth and Warnbro in last place.
Shoalwater Bay defeat South Mandurah
Round eight wasn’t a joyous one for South Mandurah, as Shoalwater Bay flexed their muscles and moved into second on the ladder with a huge win.
Electing to bat first, Shoalwater wasted no time in stamping their authority on the match with a 98-run partnership between openers Sean Hetel and Bradley Ranford.
Hetel’s 43 was impressive, but Ranford dominated the Souths bowlers on his way to a huge century, posting 126 runs.
The pair were followed with a brilliant 71 from Mitchell Anderson, as they finished the innings on 6/273.
Souths were thumped in their attempt to chase the total down. Lewis Pegler top-scored for them with 14 runs, as they were sent packing with just 65 runs in total.