THE Cockburn Cougar women have made it two from two to start the 2019 SBL season after a huge 32-point win over East Perth.
Import Kisha Lee was lethal with the ball in her hands, sinking 38 points including seven three-pointers to help Cockburn get the 98-66 away win.
The Cougar men are yet to notch up a win this season after going down by two points in a nail biter against the Eagles.
Captain Gavin Field again led from the front with 22 points, while new recruit Hayden Bell (18 points) was also strong with the ball.
Lakeside Lightning went two from two against Willetton on the weekend.
The women started the run with a comfortable 76-69 win over the Tigers, Ashleigh Grant top scoring with 25 while teammate Geanna Luaulu-Summers sunk 19 points.
The Lightning men also accounted for Willetton with the 90-71 win.
Former Tiger Kyle Armour and Jobi Wall shared the top scorer honours sinking 23 points each while Rowan Mackenzie scored 22.
After two rounds, the Cougar and Lightning women sit second and third on the ladder respectively while in the men’s competition, Lakeside sit third while Cockburn are in 11th.
Round 3 will see Lakeside in a Friday night home fixture against the Perth Redbacks on March 29, the women from 6.30pm and the men from 8.30pm.
Cockburn will also return home for their double header against Rockingham on March 30, the women tipping off from 5pm and the men from 7pm.
LEEMING Spartan are the South Metropolitan Cricket Association’s 2019 champions after they downed Phoenix in the final over the weekend.
Phoenix won the toss and elected to bat first, but Leeming showed they meant business and tore through their order to leave them all out for just 57.
Jacob Johnson and Craig Rourke were the only Phoenix players to score double digits, notching 16 and 15 runs respectively before they were sent back to the change rooms.
Leeming’s three bowlers were lethal with the ball, Chad Forsyth doing most of the damage taking 5-17, while Joshua Foster (3-19) and Kodie McKrill (2-18) were also economical.
In their chase Leeming needed just four batsmen and 11 overs to reach 2-58 and claim the 2019 title.
Ben Harris top scored with 30 in the short innings, while Phoenix’s Alec Lacey took both wickets.
Rockingham-Mandurah has surged into the Two-Day Grand Final following a first-innings victory over Fremantle at Lark Hill over the weekend.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Rockingham-Mandurah burst out of the blocks on a batting-friendly deck with a savage 86-run partnership to Tyler Robertson and Brandon Burt.
Needing to stop the leaking of runs, Fremantle finally made the breakthrough, taking out Burt for 59 through Ross Macauley.
Dane Ugle and Robertson fell shortly after, leaving the Mariners on 3-135 with Fremantle storming back into the match.
With Fremantle’s bowlers slowly getting on top, Aaron Burrage and Samuel Day came to the rescue for the Mariners and proceeded to blast the visitors to all parts of the ground.
The prolific pair added 85 runs to the total during their superb fourth-wicket partnership, boosting the score beyond 200.
Burrage’s sensational innings came to an end on 77 at 4-220, with nine fours coming from his blade in 130 balls faced.
Adam France came and went moments later, as the see-sawing encounter looked to have a few more twists and turns before the end of the day’s play.
However, with power-hitter Craig Simmons joining Day at the crease, the Mariners set themselves up to defend a massive score.
The talented duo smacked 66 runs during their scorching sixth-wicket partnership, pushing the score to 6-302 following the loss of Day for 70 runs.
Simmons continued to belt the ball to all parts of the ground, as the Mariners ended the day on a monster score of 8-332.
Burrage and Day were instrumental for the Mariners throughout the middle overs, thwarting Fremantle’s comeback with the ball, while Jarryd McPhee did his best for the visitors with the ball, taking 2-49.
With a gigantic target to chase down, Fremantle zoomed to 2-154 following an unbelievable 132-run second-wicket partnership to power duo Sam Whiteman and Mitch Marsh.
Following the dismissal of Marsh for 53, Whiteman backed up his super start by adding a further 34 runs to the scoreboard with Daniel Kennedy.
However, the loss of Kennedy by Simmons at 3-188 saw the Mariners gain the upper hand in a tense run chase.
Wickets started to drop at an alarming rate for Fremantle, and the loss of Whiteman for 116 at 5-212 seemed to spell the end of the road for the visitors.
Simmons and Burrage ripped through Fremantle’s tail, bowling the visitors out for 285 and securing the first-innings victory for the Mariners.
Whiteman’s terrific knock of 116 from 202 deliveries – which included 12 fours – gave Fremantle a fighting chance to steal an unlikely victory, but Simmons stood in the visitors’ way at every turn, claiming 5-95, in another polished performance.
COCKBURN City has drawn with Inglewood United in a high scoring match on Saturday afternoon.
Cockburn were on the back foot early in their NPLWA round 2 match at Dalmatinac Park when the visitors took just five minutes to find the back of the net, but a penalty to Daniel Robinson two minutes later helped City tie it back up.
Robinson then gave Cockburn the 2-1 lead at halftime after converting a corner kick before the home team found themselves 3-1 up two minutes after the break on the back of a Ryan Pratt goal.
Inglewood rallied to score the next two goals and tie it back up at 3-3 before an 89th minute penalty had Robinson net his hat-trick and what many believed would be the game winner.
A huge chunk of injury time benefited Inglewood as they managed to score the equaliser in the 97th minute and ensure the points were split.
Armadale are yet to concede a goal this year after accounting for Rockingham City 3-0.
Sam Garces put Armadale up 1-0 at halftime after his 35th minute goal, while a brace from Adriano Jelenovic in the second half ensured an easy win for the home team.
After two rounds Armadale sit on top of the ladder as the only team to have won two from two, while Cockburn are in fourth.
Round 3 of the NPLWA will see Armadale host Perth Glory at Alfred Skeet Reserve, Forrestdale, while Cockburn will also keep home ground advantage for their game against ECU Joondalup.
Both games start at 3pm on March 30.