Simmons snares seven as Mariners take control on day one

More Craig Simmons magic with the ball has his Rockingham-Mandurah Mariners in the driver’s seat against Mt Lawley following day one at Lark Hill over the weekend. 

The Mariners skipper toiled away for an incredible 43.1 overs on the first day of the round 13 match to claim 7/79 and bowl out the Hawks for 187.

The visitors made their way untroubled to 43 before the left arm spinner spun his web.

He bowled five victims en route to his third five-wicket haul of the season and 13th of his 19-season career.

The Mariners bowlers put the squeeze on the Hawks, who were only able to go at a clip of two runs per over.

Opening pacers Leon Coombs (2/33) and Adam France (0/27) kept it tight going for just 60 in 33 overs on the spin-friendly pitch.

Trying to accelerate at 4/119, the Hawks succumbed to the wily veteran Simmons, losing their last six wickets for 68.

The day was also notable for Simmons in passing the 250-wicket mark in first grade cricket for the club, who are looking good for their fourth win on the bounce and being a step closer to securing the minor premiership.

Second grade’s Nathan Hutchison blasted 147 from 172 deliveries as Rockingham-Mandurah bossed the Mt Lawley bowling at Breckler Park.

The Mariners ran up 302 from 74.4 overs before claiming 2/24 in Mt Lawley’s first 13 overs before stumps.

It was not always the case for the visitors at 3/24, then 5/98 but Hutchison’s counter-attacking century with 23 fours and a six, took the fight to the Hawks as he and Sam Day smoked 155 for the sixth wicket.

Day hammered 14 boundaries in his rapid 76 from 94 deliveries, before Durradh Hagan (1/12) and Ryan Done (1/0) rammed home the advantage.