Armadale thumps Phoenix to cement place in top four

Simon Smith of Thornlie celebrates his century against Jandakot.
Simon Smith of Thornlie celebrates his century against Jandakot.

ARMADALE has comfortably taken care of Phoenix in their one-day clash over the weekend, cementing their place in the top four.

Armadale won the toss and sent Phoenix into bat, with a great team bowling performance limiting them to 6-154.

Jake Forsyth (1-19), Mark Rice (1-19) and Chad Forsyth (1-22) led the way with the ball.

In reply Rice and Rylan Arms smashed the attack to all parts of the ground in a massive 192-run partnership.

Arms was the first dismissed for a fine 51 which included five fours and two sixes.

Rice continued to flay the attack before he was dismissed for a majestic 159, which included seven fours and an astonishing 16 sixes.

Armadale ended up with 7-268 at the end of their 40 overs and could almost guarantee a place in the one-day final with a win next week.

Third grade went down to Phoenix after making 120 batting first.

Paul Edwards (24) and Jake Edwards (23) had a 50 run partnership at the top of the order but it was all downhill from there.

In reply Phoenix made 6-228, with James Gardner (3-37) and Sunil Pandey (2-41) the pick of the bowlers.

Sixth Grade had a disappointing loss against Cockburn, despite rolling the Cockburn batting line-up for 114 bating first.

Vince Tilbrook was on fire, taking 6-20 in a fine performance, while Liam Pickett (2-12) and Joey Facey (2-19) supported him brilliantly.

Armadale slumped to 5-54 in reply before Mick Wise steadied the ship with a handy 29.

Unfortunately no one else was able to hang around and Armadale were dismissed for 94.

One Day A’s had a shocker against Forrestdale after batting first and making only 86.

They fought hard in reply but Forrestdale managed to make it to 140 before being knocked over.

Brett Mauer (3-16) and Mark McGregor (3-16) were the pick of the bowlers while George Knowles chipped in with 2-24.

One Day C’s had a clinical win over Kwinana who were rolled for just 69 batting first.

Sathish Manogaran was the star, taking 4-18, while Dhanasekar Srinivasan (2-17) and Ramesh Ramar (2-23) also bowled well.

Armadale were in deep trouble at 3-17 in their innings before Durairaj Govindaraj chipped in with 26.

]Ramar (23) and Ajith Rajagopal (27) made handy contributions as Armadale made a comfortable 9-159.

One Day E’s took on Kelmscott in the battle for top spot.

Kelmscott won the toss and batted, but it was a decision they soon regretted as Warren Francis (4-9) and Peter Smith (2-20) destroyed the top order to be just 6-28.

It was soon 8-48 as Andrew Stoodley snared two wickets for just seven runs.

Kelmscott consolidated before Matt McClure bamboozled them to take 1-5, before some questionable fielding allowed Kelmscott to put on 34 for the last wicket in a score of 94.

In reply Rhett Jones (19), Dave Armstrong (28), Peter Smith (40no) and Gene Aldridge (18no) saw Armadale home in a canter at 4-128.

One Day F’s took on Phoenix who made 6-171 batting first.

Mick Lorenz (2-23) and Mark Jardine (2-30) were the pick of the bowlers.

In reply Armadale lost two early wickets before Jake Liebregts made a fine 47.

He was well supported by Jon Robbins (23) as Armadale were in a solid position at 3-120.

The climbing run rate got the better of Armadale as they lost wickets in the chase for quick runs and finished just short on 9-165.

GOSNELLS is staring down the barrel of another loss following a dominant bowling display by Melville on day 1 of their WA Premier Cricket match.

After being sent in to bat on Saturday, Gosnells struggled for consistency, as the Storm’s bowlers hit their straps early.

Ryan Duffield struck twice for Melville, as Gosnells found themselves in trouble at 4-59.

A 34-run stand between captain Matthew Leipold and Brodee Foster looked to have put Gosnells’ innings back on track.

However, at 4-93, Melville put the clamps on Gosnells’ batsmen and forced a middle-order collapse, taking four wickets in the space of 17 runs to leave the home side stranded on 8-110.

In amongst the chaos, Leipold scored a difficult half-century, giving his side a small chance at posting a defendable total.

Brad Turner and Bryce Jackson took the final two wickets, bowling out Gosnells for a paltry 149 in the 60th over.

Duffield ended the day with three wickets, while Turner, Jackson and Thomas Kerr-Sheppard all chimed in with two wickets each in an even bowling performance.

With plenty of time left in the day’s play, Melville hit the crease looking to chip away at the total.

However, a shoddy start from Blake Reed and Tom Scollay saw the Storm shocked at 2-0, as Jaxom Rose struck twice in a row.

Although initially shocked, Luke Towers and Drew Porter managed to steady the innings, scoring 54 runs in a crafty third-wicket partnership.

Matthew Wiley and Porter continued to add runs, as Melville ended the day on 4-99.

SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues have endured a difficult weekend in the South Metropolitan Cricket Association, losing three of four games, including two in the final few overs.

The first-grade side travelled to Leeming and fell to a crushing defeat against a strong Spartans side after batting first.

The Blues got off to a bright start, before wickets began to tumble and despite resistance from Dean Fulford (28) and Liam Davidson (20), they lost their final five wickets for just one run to finish with just 90 runs.

In response, Leeming lost just three wickets before they passed the required total, before they were eventually dismissed for 213.

Phillip Hicks (3-32) and Michael Elphinstone (2-29) returned the best bowling figures in an otherwise disappointing performance for the Blues.

At Briggs Park, the third-grade team suffered a narrow loss to their Leeming counterparts after they batted first.

Veteran Brad Chalmers (65) top scored for the Blues, who were forced to work hard for 8-158.

Both Leeming openers were dismissed cheaply in the ensuing run chase, but the visitors batted well to set up a close finale.

Requiring 18 from the last three overs, Leeming managed to get the runs they needed, claiming victory with three wickets in hand.

The Blues’ 1C side fell to Cockburn in a cliff-hanger at Mundijong after batting first and reaching 8-162.

Zaine Atwell finished unbeaten on 51, but his efforts proved to be in vain, as Cockburn managed to reach their target in the final over, despite debutant Jitender Nehra taking 4-36.

It was left up to the sixth grade to ensure the club did not end the weekend winless, and they did not disappoint after a narrow win over Riverton Rostrata.

Their opponents started strongly with 98-run opening stand, before some good bowling from Damien Maring (3-34) and Shaun Drysdale (2-32) restricted them to 7-181.

Aggressive batting from Glen Tunstall (40), Aaron Butler (32) and Neil Bartlett (19) got the Blues into a strong position, before the lower order got them home in the final over.

THORNLIE Cricket Club claimed four wins from four for the first time in 2018 to keep finals dream alive for some and cement top four positions for others.

After two losses in a row, the 4th Grade side claimed a comprehensive win over Kardinya at home after their visitors decided to bat first.

The Lions bowlers tore through the visitors’ line-up, dismissing them for 88 in the 22nd over, thanks in part to Jed Walker ( 3-19) and Mark Urbas (3-20).

The run chase started poorly as they lost regular wickets to find themselves at 7-69, before Aubz Labrooy (39) and Mark Urbas (25) steadied the ship to guide the Lions home.

The One Day A’s side travelled to Safety Bay and after wining the toss, decided to bowl first, which soon proved to be a good call.

On the front foot early, Ryan Beattie (2-39), Todd Tuffin (2-19) and Brodie Hayden-Solari (2-8) took control of the game and reduced Safety Bay to 4-63, before a mini fight back saw the visitors finish with 125 in the 35th over.

In response, the batsmen showed no mercy to the Safety Bay bowlers, as an opening stand of 108 set the tone, before they finished with 6-268.

Josh Chapman (64) led the way with 10 fours and two sixes and he was aided by Stephen Bennett (55 not out) and Peter MacDonald (38).

The Lions’ One Day D outfit travelled to Atwell and were hosted by a severely undermanned Jandakot, who only had seven players.

Jandakot battled bravely, but they were no match for Thornlie, who dismissed the hosts for 51, thanks in part to the bowling Paul Ledingham (3-9), Dave Kleyweg (2-7) and Mitch Cannon (1-14).

The Lions continued the pressure with the bat and an opening stand of 126 set up a massive score of 7-318, highlighted by Simon Smith’s 100 before he retired ill.

Thornlie’s One Day F side rounded off the weekend with a strong win over Willetton Crows after bowling first.

Following a disappointing effort last week, Thornlie bowled well reduced Willetton to 3-14 in the 5th over, before they rallied to 8-133 with Trevor Bennett (2-16), Josh Fox (2-19) and Brodie Ashwell (2-26) instrumental.

The Lions started well, and despite two quick wickets early, they settled with a vital 3rd wicket partnership of 103 between Brad Simpson (56) and Ashwell (27) and eventually finished on 4-202.