WACA Premier Cricket: Rockingham-Mandurah to chase 273 for victory against South Perth

WACA Premier Cricket: Rockingham-Mandurah to chase 273 for victory against South Perth

ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah dismissed South Perth for 272 on day 1 of the round 6 Western Australian Premier Cricket match at Richardson Park.

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. Supporters of Rockingham Cricket Club and the district club, along with past players, coaches and officials will be welcomed at Lark Hill from noon, with a day of festivities in store.

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 (7n.o.) and nightwatchman Adam France (5n.o.).

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 1. 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.

Bundling out University for just 92 at James Oval had the Mariners full of beans as Zoe Ryniker (2-3), Suman Yadav (2-4) and Laura Warman (2-18) did the job. However, the reply stuttered, before falling for 62.

Teague Wyllie’s Under-15s century was the junior highlight of the weekend. He batted with aplomb to finish unconquered on 111 in Rockingham-Mandurah’s total of 6-211 at Lark Hill. The youngster lasted 159 deliveries, striking eight boundaries on the way to his first century for the club.

A hustling team bowling performance resulted in the Under-17s holding the whip hand against South Perth, extinguished for 95 in 44 overs.

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