Mandurah win in Waroona
Mandurah bounced back from their only defeat of the 2018-19 Peel Cricket Association season with an impressive victory in Waroona on Saturday.
The local side were beaten by table-toppers White Knights Baldivis before the festive break, snapping a ten-win streak, but started 2019 well at the weekend.
Waroona won the toss and elected to bat first, with openers Ben Wright (28) and Jayden Derosa (70) giving the hosts the platform to record a sizeable run tally.
However, excellent bowling from the Mandurah attack resulted in regular wickets, as Zachary Moody’s 29 not out was the only resistance.
Waroona were all out for 168 in the 47th over.
Ian Lattimore’s 3/22 was the pick of the Mandurah bowling attack.
In reply, Waroona were given hope when Mandurah opener Jeremy Leatherbarrow was caught out for just four runs.
However, impressive stints from Justin Solly (51) and Ben Drummond (50) steadied the ship, with Mandurah cruising to victory with a tally of 3/169 in the 44th over.
Baldivis defeat South Mandurah
Front runners White Knights Baldivis started 2019 the way they finished 2018, recording a win over South Mandurah at Peelwood Reserve.
The eventual victors batted first but things initially did not go to plan, as opener Hayden Lynn and replacement Cameron Reyne were dismissed for three and one run respectively.
A 40-run stint from Wesley Steele kept the scoreboard ticking over and he was well supported by Leigh McIntosh (26) as Baldivis amassed a score of 155.
South Mandurah will have been buoyed by keeping Baldivis to a modest score, but their run chase started disastrously as Daniel Jones fell for just two runs and David Holmes was out for a duck.
Brad Holmes’ 28 in the middle order was his side’s top score as they were all out for 116 in the 44th over.
Greg Roos (3/30) and Kyle Ralph (2/17) led the Baldivis bowling attack to victory.
Singleton defeat Pinjarra
Singleton Irwinians leapfrogged Pinjarra into the top four by beating them at Stan Twight Reserve in an exciting encounter.
The hosts won the toss and batted first, seeing out their 50 overs to record a score of 6/203.
Despite opening batsman Danny Woollard falling for a duck, Singleton were pushed forward by the efforts of Brendan Gillian (48), Bradley Ranford (37) and Bryce Evans (36).
In reply, Pinjarra threatened to record an improbable victory through the sheer defiance of Jamie Lee, whose 118 runs from 119 balls included 18 boundaries.
However, the visiting side could not find a batsman to stick around long enough to form a lasting partnership and were duly dismissed for 187 in the 44th over.
Halls Head beat Warnbro
Halls Head recorded a morale-boosting victory against Warnbro at Currie Street Reserve, largely due to excellent bowling from Chris Phelps.
The hosts won the toss and batted first, but the Swans found the going tough and were all out for 102 in the 46th over.
Phelps led the Halls Head attack with an excellent 4/7 – and the tailender even top-scored in his side’s reply, finishing with a tally of 26 not out.
Shoalwater Bay beat Hillman
Bottom side Hillman’s woes continued as the Rockingham outfit were put to the sword by local rivals Shoalwater Bay at Stan Twight Reserve.
Hillman batted first but both openers, Ben Voges and Steven Erceg, were out for ducks.
Mitchell Hind batted admirably from third in the order to make 81 runs, but his side were all out for 143 in the 41st over.
Dudley Cortland (5/18) and Nicholas Ranford (4/16) both bowled superbly for Shoalwater.
In reply, Cortland’s 64-run stand set up his side to reach the required 3/146 in the 22nd over.