An unbeaten century from Ben Drummond was the building block Mandurah needed to secure their second win of the season when they took down Halls Head at Peelwood Turf on Saturday.
Drummond blasted his way to a league-high 115 not-out, leading a monstrous innings with the bat for Mandurah as they cruised to 4/271 from their 50 overs.
The batsman teamed with fellow opener Ian Lattimore to ensure the side would get off to a hot start.
Together they posted an opening stand of 73 before Lattimore was caught out on 50 runs, resulting in Drummond taking complete control of the game.
Helped by a strong supporting cast in the middle order, he was able to notch the PCA season’s first A-grade century and lead Mandurah to their huge total.
Jeremy Leatherbarrow (28), Justin Solly (29) and Matt Jenkinson (28 not-out) also impressed with the blade for Mandurah.
Halls Head faced a huge climb if they were to scale Mandurah’s 271 runs, and were off to a shaky start when they lost opener Michael Chappell and third-in-line Sam Pendlebury early.
The duo were caught off a pair of Paul Okey deliveries, leaving the side in a 2/18 hole.
The Halls Head middle order dug deep trying to muster an assault on the Mandurah score, with strong totals coming from Andrew Tatterson (37), Reid Klopper (28) and Jack Manual (26).
But some outstanding deliveries from Gehan Fernando did enough to put Mandurah’s minds at ease.
The bowler finished with a four-wicket haul on the day and was instrumental in ensuring Halls Head was all out for 184 after 45 overs.
The victory lifts Mandurah into first on the ladder with a pair of wins from their opening two games.
Pinjarra defeat South Mandurah
Some outstanding form with the ball and a crisp 71 runs from Chris Zadow saw Pinjarra pick up their first win of the season with a victory over South Mandurah on Saturday.
Winning the toss and sending Souths into bat first, Pinjarra launched a relentless assault on their opposing batsmen, dismissing them for just 80 runs in the 28th over.
Joseph Duxbury led the way with three wickets from his 10 overs, but some outstanding spells from Stewie McLean (2/4 from four overs) and Joseph Slade (2/3 from 4.4 overs) highlighted Pinjarra’s efficiency.
South Mandurah’s Nicholas Scholl did his best with the ball to claim four wickets of his own, while Matt Hill put forth another stellar effort picking up a wicket and conceding just 12 runs from a 10-over spell.
But Zadow’s 71 almost single-handedly eclipsed South Mandurah’s total.
Jamie Lee (32) and Patrick Gorman (20) threw in strong support as Pinjarra scored 198 before being dismissed in the final over of play to secure their first win.
Hillman Hornets defeated by Waroona
Waroona remained unbeaten when they claimed their second straight victory with a win over the Hillman Hornets on Saturday.
Jayden Derosa carved out 62 runs for the second straight week while Keren Ugle bowled four wickets as Waroona edged out a determined Hillman outfit.
Batting first, Waroona was able to find a hot start through the efforts of Derosa, Ugle (29) and captain Ben Wright (16).
Withstanding a four-wicket day from Hillman’s Wayne Hasson, the visitors were able to pile on 199 runs before being all out in the final over.
A 58-run knock from Mitchell Hind led the way for the Hornets, but it wasn’t enough to secure them their first win as they were dismissed on 144 in the 46th over.
Ugle finished with 4/32 from 8.4 overs.
White Knights Baldivis defeat Shoalwater Bay
The White Knights were able to open their account with their first win when they took down Shoalwater Bay at Settlers Turf.
An 84-run partnership from Adam Bremner (45) and Hayden Lynn (61) was exactly what the doctor ordered for the Baldivis side, pulling them out of a 2/7 hole after electing to bat first.
The duo gave the side enough leverage to score 8/171 from their 50 overs, despite Shoalwater’s Nicholas Milligan giving his best efforts en route to the figures of 4/34 from seven overs.
Losing opener Sean Hetel for a duck put Shoalwater’s chase on unsteady ground from the get-go.
Matthew Jordan followed his five-wicket haul last week with a further four this time around, causing headaches for Shoalwater as they were dismissed on 129 in the 45th over.
Warnbro Swans defeated by Singleton Irwinians
A masterclass from the reigning premiers saw them cruise by Warnbro to post their second win on Saturday.
Singleton was brilliant in all facets of the game, with a prolific team performance leading them to the victory.
Taking to the crease to bat first, Warnbro was in trouble with Singleton’s bowlers in fine form.
Ian Bowes was at the head of the Singleton attack, finishing with 4/23 from his six overs.
Ben Doudle top-scored for the Swans with 36, but the side as a whole could only post 88 runs.
Tim Hutchison led the chase for Singleton with 64 runs as his side ended their innings with a stellar 4/227.