Cricket: Armadale in strong position thanks to Rice hundred

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MARK Rice scored a superb century as Armadale Cricket Club’s first-grade side set a commanding total in their two-day South Metropolitan Cricket Association clash with Bicton Attadale.

Armadale were sent in to bat and opener Rice capitalised with a fine knock of 165 from 163 balls, including 15 fours and eight sixes.

His third-wicket stand with Jeffrey Petrie (63) saw the pair take Armadale’s total from 2-91 to 3-242 before he was dismissed.

While the rest of the line-up could not match the pair’s efforts, they still finished on a more than respectable 9-310 by stumps.

Armadale’s third-grade side sent their Bicton Attadale counterparts in to bat and it looked like a good call when they crumbled to 4-34 early in the innings.

However, they put on 86 for the fifth wicket and looked comfortable at 6-180 before three late Alex Cumming wickets (who finished with 5-56) dismissed Bicton Attadale for 195.

The 1A side snared a big win over Perth Tamil, with Waqas Khan (3-15), Raebern D’Sylva (2-8), Kim Hunt (2-24) and Ash Starling (2-4) influential, as Armadale bowled out their opponents for just 79.

In response, Oswin D’Sylva plundered 144 alongside his brother Raebern’s 43 and Khan’s 34 helped Armadale to 8-281 and a big one-day victory.

1C started brightly against Cockburn, reducing them to 5-25 thanks to some inspired bowling by Dhanasekar Srinivasan (3-13 off 8 overs) and Sathish Manogaran (2-7 off 8 overs).

Cockburn reached 8-104, but it was not enough to hold off Armadale, who surpassed the total with six wickets in hand before finishing 140 all out.

The 1E side took on Kelmscott in a local derby, and their rivals looked good at 1-43 before a group effort from the bowlers restricted them to 7-148.

Rhett Jones then spearheaded the run chase with a timeless 90, while Gene Aldridge’s 66 helped Armadale pass Kelmscott’s total and reach 212 all up.

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