Mariners in box seat after Coombs collects five-wicket haul

Rockingham-Mandurah’s bowlers clawed them back to a position of strength after being dismissed for 188 against Bayswater-Morley in the round eight Western Australian Premier Cricket match at Hillcrest Reserve over the weekend.

Leon Coombs powered through the final session taking his first five-wicket haul to leave the Bears picking up the pieces at 7/53.

The Mariners’ first grade were swimming along comfortably at 4/170 before its near-calamitous collapse.

Tyler Robertson (33) and Vinnie Poller (25) put on 62 for the opening stand and another 69 were added by top-scorer James Bracey (45) and Aaron Burrage (42) for the fifth wicket.

Both teams lost a combined 10/34 as the home team ran into Adam France (1/14) and Coombs’ fired-up onslaught at 4/16.

Opening bowler Coombs has been hinting of a big bag coming in recent weeks and gave the Bayswater-Morley batsmen no relief in 15 overs, bowling nine restricting maidens for magnificent figures of 5/15, with three more up for grabs to wrap up the victory.

Rockingham-Mandurah bowled Bayswater-Morley out for 174 at Lark Hill to take day one honours in the second grade fixture.

Old bowling partners Aidan Andrews (3/38) and Ryan Done (3/44) were at it again and ably supported by Nicholas Scholl (2/43) and Ronan Hogarth (2/46) in 65 overs of fine team work.

The Mariners are cruising at stumps on 0/60 with Hogarth to resume this Saturday on 26* with Brandon Burt on 30*.

Melville had it all over the visitors in the female matches at Tompkins Park last Sunday.

The Storm piled up 3/327 in the 40 over seniors match and Hannah Felton top-scored with 33 but Rockingham-Mandurah could only muster 9/113.

Courtney Holt smashed 60 from 52 balls as the Mariners fell by 31 runs in the Youth League match between the two sides.

Melville batted first in the T20 match for 5/130 before Holt’s fireworks gave the home team more than their share of problems.