Rockingham-Mandurah dismissed South Perth for 272 on day one of the round six Western Australian Premier Cricket match at Richardson Park over the weekend.
The second day of this match precedes this Sunday’s action at Lark Hill, where the team’s T20 hopes go on the line, in front of the past players of the club.
The women play Subiaco-Floreat and the colts play Scarborough at 10am, while the winner of the seniors match at 2pm moves on to knockout stages in December.
Last Saturday, South Perth won the toss at home electing to bat but were immediately set back by Leon Coombs.
The opening bowler finished with 3/44 and his third victim left Souths at 4/97.
A middle-order resistance got them to 272 as Aaron Burrage (3/60), who bowled Australian Ashes hopeful Hilton Cartwright for 39, and returning spinner Ryan Done (2/57) did the damage.
However, a last wicket Sky Blues partnership of 50 followed by three late strikes undid much of the good work of the visiting Mariners.
Resuming this Saturday at 3/17 will be Damien Burrage (7*) and nightwatchman Adam France (5*).
Vin Poller and Joel Humble were the bedrocks of second grade’s 197 at Lark Hill.
Poller’s 57 was the opener’s third straight half century to have him pushing for a return to first grade, while wicketkeeper-batsman Humble made 49, striking seven boundaries.
At stumps, South Perth edged ever-slightly ahead at 3/94, Matt France backing up a handy 28 with 2/32.
Third grade and fourth grade’s struggles continued as thirds were bowled out for 122 and have surrendered a 20 run lead by close of play on day one.
Fourths made 73 in response to Souths’ 138 in a rapid-fire game that sees South Perth at 3/108 in the second dig, an overall lead of 173.
Rockingham-Mandurah’s B-grade women were on the end of a tough loss after getting half the equation right, but the reply stuttered and never got into gear, before falling for 62.
Teague Wyllie’s under 15s century was the junior highlight of the weekend.
The Mandurah Cricket Club product batted with aplomb to finish unconquered on 111 in Rockingham-Mandurah’s total of 6/211 at Lark Hill.
Close matches were the order of Saturday’s girls cricket as under 15s got home by five runs and the under 18s missed out by eight.
Those interested in attending the Back to Rockingham-Mandurah event this Sunday from noon at Lark Hill, contact Peter Swarbrick on 0448 110 881 or firstname.lastname@example.org