Back-to-back Premier Cricket wins give Mt Lawley some finals momentum

Back-to-back Premier Cricket wins give Mt Lawley some finals momentum

MT Lawley continue to build momentum to give hope of a finals push after back-to-back wins upon the resumption of Premier Cricket on Saturday and Sunday.

The Hawks knocked off struggling University and title hopefuls Joondalup in rounds 9 and 10 respectively at Breckler Park to see the club move up to 12th.

The triumphs come after Mount Lawley’s stirring outright win over Rockingham-Mandurah in Round Eight prior to the Christmas break.

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Mount Lawley celebrated their third win in a row on Sunday and in further dramatic circumstances against an undermanned Joondalup by just nine runs.

James Newnham hit a half-century against his former club to set up a defendable total of 204 and Joondalup appeared gone at 7-132, but James Boyland rallied with 31 until he fell to Jay Chislett.

Ian Fishman finished the job, bowling Ty Hopes (15) with three overs left for Joondalup (195) to get the nine remaining runs.

On Saturday, Mount Lawley chased down Uni’s total of 9-201 with 22 balls to spare. Captain Shane Rakich (35no) finished the job after Newnham (51) and Corey Evans (50) laid the foundation.

Earlier, James Muirhead’s 49 revived Uni who were 5-58 after Fishman (2-27) and Justin Kandiah (3-47) tore through the top order.