Bayswater-Morley have caused a massive upset in Round 11 of Perth Premier Cricket, defeating third-placed Perth by two wickets after an impressive bowling performance on Saturday at Hillcrest Park.
With the Demons heading in to bat first, James Wainman claimed the opening two wickets of the match as Luke Jury (32) guided Perth to 4-85 following a scrappy start by the openers.
However, Sean Roberts and Connor Smith swung the momentum of the match back in Perth’s favour with an 82-run fifth-wicket partnership.
With Perth seemingly cruising to a huge total, Jeffrey Willey came to the rescue for the Bears, producing a sensational spell of bowling as the Demons’ middle order collapsed.
Perth lost six wickets in the space of 25 runs – with three falling for nought – as the Bears bowled the Demons out for 192.
Willey stood tall for the Bears at the back end of the innings, finishing with 4-27 from his seven overs, while Roberts top-scored for Perth with 43.
With a smallish target to chase down, Bayswater-Morley shook off the early loss of opener Ryleigh Cameron at 1-8 through Aaron and Mitchell Todd producing a 52-run second-wicket partnership.
Following the loss of Mitchell Todd at 2-60, Aaron Todd joined forces with Lane Berry to add 81 to the score, putting the match firmly in the Bears’ grasp.
However, Aaron Todd was forced to end his innings through injury, finishing with a stoic 56 from 91 in a hard-fought innings.
The loss of Todd seemed to spark Perth back into action as the Demons claimed the next six wickets in the space of 48 runs.
At 8-189 and needing just four more runs for victory, Willey broke the hearts of the Perth Demons, hitting the winning runs in the 44th over.
Liam Guthrie and Kyle Gardiner tried their hardest to defend a small total, working beautifully in tandem to snag three wickets each, while the injured Aaron Todd played his role to perfection for the Bears.
Fremantle cruised to victory against the lowly Midland-Guildford, chasing down 166 in just 28 overs to secure an eight-wicket win on Saturday at Stevens Reserve.
With the Black Swans electing to hit the crease first, Fremantle clearly had a plan to stifle Midland-Guildford’s young batting line up.
The home side put the clamps on the Black Swans batsmen from the get go, as Midland-Guildford was unable to produce a steadying partnership.
Scott Borthwick impressed once again for the Black Swans, producing 74 well-earned runs, as his side was bowled out for 166 in a lethal display by Fremantle’s bowlers.
Although Benjamin Moore was the leading wicket taker, he was ably supported by the entire bowling group, which constantly applied pressure from over to over.
In response, Fremantle wasted no time with the run chase, surviving a wobbly start to reach the target in just 28 overs.
Jake Carder (81 not out) and Daniel Kennedy (61 not out) were simply superb with the bat, producing a match-winning 120-run third-wicket partnership to secure the eight-wicket victory.
Rockingham-Mandurah secured a hard-fought 17-run victory in a low scoring affair against Melville on Saturday at Tompkins Park.
After being sent in to bat, the Mariners struggled their way to 4-66 as James Bracey carried most of the load.
Mark Turner and Thomas Kerr-Sheppard started the match on fire with the ball, combining to take the first four wickets of the match, giving the ladder leaders something to think about.
Bracey continued to be a thorn in the Storm’s side, producing a 63-run partnership with Damien Burrage before he was removed by Turner for 54.
At 5-129, Turner, Kerr-Sheppard and Fraser Hay turned the screws on the Mariners’ batsmen, combining to take the final five wickets for 55.
Turner was tremendous throughout the innings with the ball, taking 4-29 and enacting a brilliant run out on the dangerous Dane Ugle.
With a small target to chase down, Melville got off to a terrible start, losing both openers early at 2-17.
However, Sean Terry and Fraser Hay rectified the poor start with a fighting 62-run third-wicket partnership.
In a pitch that seemed to favour the bowlers, disaster struck again for the Storm, losing Terry and Drew Porter in the space of one run, setting the home side back at 4-80.
Still needing just another 105 runs for victory with six wickets in hand, Hay and Tom Smith dug deep once again to give the Storm a shot at stealing an unlikely win.
The dynamic duo added 76 to the total in a rousing fifth-wicket partnership, boosting the total to 156 before Smith was dismissed by Ugle.
The loss of Smith appeared to dishearten the fightback of the Storm as they dropped into freefall, losing their final five wickets for 10.
Ugle was fantastic with the ball for the Mariners, taking 4-25 in a stingy performance, while Hay scored a deserved half-century as Rockingham-Mandurah secured the 17-run win.
Joondalup ended any slim chance Mt Lawley had of making finals, defeating the Hawks in a canter by seven wickets off the back of a century to Clinton Hinchliffe on Saturday at Breckler Park.
With Mt Lawley forced to bat first, Joondalup’s bowlers started the match in fine form, crushing the Hawks’ top order to have them sitting awkwardly on 4-44.
However, Nicholas Marciano and Andrew Bottega picked up the slack, producing a tough 52-run partnership to give the Hawks a shot at a defendable total.
Although Marciano and Bottega appeared to be on a roll, Joondalup’s Harry Larmett and Jake Zsilinszky upped the ante with the ball, taking three quick wickets in the blink of an eye.
At 7-117, Bottega continued to add runs to the scoreboard, navigating through the chaos with Luke Berendsen and Justin Kandiah to boost the total to 182 as Joondalup wrapped up the tail.
Connor Chadwick and Larmett worked superbly in tandem with one another, claiming three wickets each in a clinical performance.
With a small target to chase down, the Centurions found themselves under pressure early, falling to 3-42 as Mt Lawley’s bowlers applied some brutal pressure.
However, Clinton Hinchliffe and Jake Zsilinszky made a mockery of that pressure, blasting their way to a match-winning 142-run third-wicket partnership.
Hinchliffe finished unbeaten on 102 from 96 balls (seven fours and five sixes), while Zsilinszky played his role to perfection, scoring 49 from 68 and keeping the white-hot Hinchliffe on strike as Joondalup chased down the total in 35 overs to secure the seven-wicket victory.
Claremont-Nedlands snuck home by eight runs in a hard-fought contest against Subiaco Floreat on Saturday at Floreat Park.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Tigers got off to a bright start, surging to 2-69 with a 49-run second-wicket partnership to Jacob Whiteaker and Bradley Hope.
However, that’s where the Tigers’ dominance with the bat ended, as the Lions’ bowlers began to find their rhythm.
The Tigers’ vast and fearsome batting line up struggled to find a noteworthy partnership, with the Lions striking just as a pair began to look promising.
Hope managed to navigate through the chaos, scoring 54 from 100 deliveries as the Tim Monteleone-led Lions held the Tigers to 7-188.
Monteleone was at his restricting best with the ball, taking 3-41 in a terrific performance.
With a small target to chase down, the Lions could not have gotten off to a worse start, losing 3-21 as Chris Simpson and Thomas May combined perfectly for the Tigers.
However, an 83-run partnership to Geremy Fatouros and Aaron Lilly resurrected the innings for the Lions, boosting the total to 104 and putting the match firmly back in their hands.
Although the Lions appeared to be heading for a victory, a middle order collapse where the home side lost five wickets in the space of 35 runs saw Subiaco Floreat fall into disarray.
The stunning capitulation proved to be too difficult to recover from, with the Tigers bowling Subiaco Floreat out for 180 to secure the eight-run victory.
Chris Simpson was the catalyst for the Tigers, taking 4-34 off of just 6.2 overs, while Fatouros (46) and Lily (47) were the top run scorers for the Lions.
Wanneroo ended South Perth’s three-match winning streak, chasing down 239 off the back of a century to Robert Richards to secure a six-wicket win on Saturday at Richardson Park.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, South Perth found itself in all-sorts early, falling to 2-17 as Jack Cattrall and Chris Quelch set the tone for the day.
However, David Cleary and Darius D’Silva had other ideas for South Perth, blasting 124 in an epic third-wicket partnership, boosting the total to 141 before Cleary was dismissed for 75.
Alex Bevilaqua came and went soon after for South Perth before captain Chris Chellew teamed up with D’Silva, adding 52 to the total.
The loss of D’Silva for 93 (five fours and two sixes) at 5-211 saw South Perth fall to 7-239 as Cattrall put the clamps on the tail.
Cattrall (3-33) and Caiden Eaton (2-33) were the pick of the bowlers, combining to take five wickets in a grinding performance.
With a lofty target to chase down, Wanneroo got off to a somewhat shaky start, falling to 2-61 before Robert Richards changed the face off the match.
Richards partnered up with teammate Haydn Slodecki to produce a terrific 72-run third-wicket partnership, putting the Roos firmly in the lead.
The loss of SLodecki did nothing to slow Richards down, as he joined forces with Kyle Millar to add 76 to the total.
Alex Bevilaqua finally got the breakthrough for South Perth, taking the vital wicket of Richards after an unbelievable century.
Richards’ 113 runs came from 139 deliveries, with 10 brutal fours coming from his bat.
At 4-209, the damage had been done to South Perth as the Roos cruised to the finish line, chasing down the total in the 48th over to secure the six-wicket victory.
Bevilaqua did his best to weather the onslaught from Wanneroo, taking 3-44 from his 10 overs.
University’s finals hopes have taken yet another blow after falling to a hungry Scarborough outfit by 95 on Saturday at James Oval.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Scarborough’s openers Lochie Hardy and Jeremy Boyle jumped out of the blocks, producing a quick-fire 49-run partnership.
Following the loss of Boyle, Hardy took it upon himself to anchor the front end of the innings for the Gulls, guiding the visitors to 4-139 as he was dismissed for 57.
Samuel Moylan and Jacob Johnston then added 43 to the total, with a more than handy fourth-wicket partnership.
Johnston then took over the anchoring role for the Gulls, posting an unbeaten 45 from 65 to boost the total to 216 at the end of the 50 overs.
Josh Dallimore was the only University bowler to make any inroads in Scarborough’s batting line up, taking 2-37 from his 10 overs.
With an awkward target to chase down, University could not have started the run chase any worse, crumbling to 4-15 as Liam Stevens and Edward Barnard ran riot with the ball.
However, University captain Matthew Birrell and Joshua Mason mounted a fightback, scoring 62 in a hard-fought fifth-wicket partnership.
Unfortunately for the home side, the loss of Mason sparked the end of the fight back for University, as it proceeded to lose its final six wickets in the space of 44 runs to be bowled out for 121 after 34 overs.
Barnard, Stevens and Nicholas Maiolo combined perfectly together, claiming two wickets apiece, whole Birrell flew the flag for University, scoring 42 as one of only four batsmen to post a double-digit score.
Willetton leapfrogged three clubs after defeating Gosnells by 87 on Saturday at Burrendah Park, pinching fifth spot on the ladder at the end of Round 11.
Will Rhodes was the star of the match, posting 108 not out from 126 deliveries, with six fours and three sixes coming from his blade.
Kallen Bond (33) and Walsh (24) took a back seat to Rhodes as they watched the powerful batsman rip apart Gosnells’ bowling attack.
Ben Green was the only bowler to make a dent in Willetton’s resurgent batting line up, taking 3-57 from his 10 overs.
Gosnells’ run chase was almost non-existent, had it not been for some late innings big hitting and a gutsy 53-run eighth-wicket partnership to David Thomason and Jeremy McFarlane, before being bowled out for a miserly 155.
Willetton’s tremendous bowling attack was too much for the young Gosnells batsmen to handle, with Kallen Bond (3-31), Will Rhodes (2-7) and debutant Waheguru Dhillon (2-36) combining superbly to take the match away from Gosnells and secure the important 87-run victory.