South Mandurah notched their third win of the season in style when Matt Hill and Michael Holmes led the side to a huge upset over a top-two Mandurah outfit in round 13 of the Peel Cricket Association season on Saturday.
The duo were emphatic with the bat as they spurred Souths past the 200-run mark and onto a total of 5/219, which their bowlers were able to defend comfortably.
Electing to bat first the Falcons were in trouble when opener Liam Kerr went down with just a single run to his name, leaving the side in a 1/3 hole.
Things weren’t much better at 2/30 following the dismissal of fellow ope
ner Brad Holmes for just 10, but the arrival of Michael Holmes at the crease helped steady the ship.
Putting together a brilliant knock of 70 Holmes was able to buoy the side’s total past 60 runs before Jesse Buck (6) was bowled by Jesse Adams.
Buck’s exit welcomed Hill to the crease as he teamed up with Holmes to breathe life into the Falcons’ innings.
The pair put together a 52-run stand before Holmes was skittled by Ian Lattimore, with Hill going on to post a game-high 83 not out as South Mandurah saw out their 50 overs.
Mandurah’s chase was off to a shaky start when Lattimore was caught out on six, and it got worse when Brad Holmes bowled Louis Baker and Paul Okey for ducks.
The Falcons had their hosts on the ropes at 3/22 before Sach In dug deep for a quick 52 off 58 deliveries, but a spread of strong bowling performances (led by Brad Holmes’ 2/13 off 10 overs) helped South Mandurah tally win number three on the year.
Waroona defeat Warnbro
Centuries to Jayden Derosa and Ben Wright lifted Waroona to their 10th win of the season as they crushed the Warnbro Swans over the weekend.
Derosa (105) and Wright (115) strung together a massive 218-run partnership to guide the Warriors to a 3/260 total after being sent in to bat, a score the Swans would fail to get close to.
Both would go on to outscore the entire Warnbro team as Derosa also dismantled them with the ball conjuring a stunning 3/6 from his three-over spell.
The Swans were all out on 79 after being sent packing in the 28th over of their chase.
Halls Head defeat Pinjarra
Halls Head kept their finals aspirations in tact when half centuries to Leigh Burns (59) and Michael Griffiths (53), along with outstanding bowling from Dale Burns, led them to victory over Pinjarra.
Batting first the home side was boosted by the pair of half centuries and a 45 from Chris Phelps as they stormed to a total of 231.
Matt France did what he could to put Pinjarra’s chase in motion with 65 off 57 deliveries, but Dale Burns collected three wickets at the cost of just 14 runs from his 10 overs to keep the Tigers at bay.
The win is Halls Head’s sixth on the season and has them just two games outside the top four.
Singleton defeat Shoalwater Bay
Singleton tightened their hold on a finals spot when Daniel Jones buoyed them over Shoalwater Bay on Saturday.
Sending the Seals in to bat first provided handsome results for Singleton, with Chris Loveridge’s four wicket haul helping to dismiss Shoalwater Bay on just 116 runs.
But what looked like a guaranteed win for the Irwinians became far less certain when the loss of openers Danny Woollard (12) and Brad Ranford (3) left the side in a 2/20 hole before Daniel Jones hit 60 to steady the ship.
Singleton went on to chase the total down in 27 overs.
White Knights Baldivis defeat Hillman
Baldivis climbed to the top of the PCA ladder as Wesley Steele and Adam Bremner led them to a win over Hillman on Saturday.
Steele recorded a game-high 76 runs after the White Knights chose to bat first, with support from Matt Rennie (36) and Hayden Lynn (38) leading the side to 8/219.
Hillman’s Sarath Mohan responded with 56 runs of his own as the Hornets gave a spirited chase, but Bremner claimed 4/21 from six overs to halt their efforts and give Baldivis a win.
The victory sees Baldivis move into first on the ladder.