FREMANTLE is in the box seat to record a win in their first two-day match of the 2018-19 WA Premier Cricket season.
Hosting Wanneroo at Stevens Reserve, Fremantle won the toss and elected to bat first but their innings got off to a shaky start when first Jake Carder (3) then Matthew Micale (5) and Sam Whiteman (9) were dismissed cheaply to have the team struggling at 3-24.
The middle order solidified the shaky start and a team high 49 runs to Chris Davenport, as well as a strong captain’s knock from Ashton Turner, helped guide Fremantle to a total of 162.
It was a small total to defend but Fremantle’s bowling attack was ruthless, taking 5-30 before stumps were called on day one.
Jhye Richardson did all of the damage with the ball, nabbing 4-16 which included a hat-trick, while Josh Chojnowski took the other wicket.
The game will continue from 11.40am on October 27.
Four local teams in the South Metropolitan Cricket Association also started their first two-day match this weekend.
Hilton Palmyra’s batting order collapsed in their match against Phoenix.
After losing the toss and being sent in to bat, Hilton Palmyra lost their first two wickets before putting a run on the board.
The situation never improved, with five ducks and regular falling wickets seeing them limp to a total of 80.
Harry Grigson was the top scorer with 25 runs, while Phoenix’s Ronson Babu and Alec Alexander Lacey took seven wickets between them.
At stumps Phoenix were 1-35 in response.
East Fremantle also batted first in their game against CBC but faired better, with a strong start from the top four making up for a tail collapse to help them to a total of 158.
Danial Johannesen top scored with 45 runs.
CBC were 0-31 at stumps.
A half century from Steven Goodall (52 not out) helped Cockburn to 8-134 in their match against the SJ Blues.
Two quick wickets from Cockburn’s Troy Evans at the end of the day had the Blues at 2-22 in reply.
All three SMCA games will continue from 1pm on October 27.