Cricket: good effort with the ball has Serpentine Jarrahdale in strong position in two-day clash with Cockburn

SJ Blues skipper Dave Babich belts another boundary in their 1C win over Kwinana.
SJ Blues skipper Dave Babich belts another boundary in their 1C win over Kwinana.

SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues finds itself in a good position halfway through its first grade two-day South Metropolitan Cricket Association clash with Cockburn.

The Blues will be confident of victory after holding their opponents to 180 on day one at Davilak Reserve.

Shawn Evans (3-29) and Michael Falkingham (3-38) did most of the damage with the ball, as Cockburn fell from a comfortable 2-135 to 7-146.

Some resistance from the tail stopped Cockburn from a complete collapse, but Serpentine Jarrahdale will be favourites, despite losing Kevin Francis before stumps to leave it 1-21 in the run chase.

Meanwhile, the Blues’ 1C team got its season back on track with a resounding 82-run victory over Kwinana.

After batting first, Serpentine Jarrahdale posted 8-166 from its 40 overs, highlighted by captain Dave Babich’s 78 not out.

It then strolled to victory by bowling out Kwinana for 84, as Pardeep Sings, Brendon Kelly and Brett Lawrence claimed two wickets each.

The Blues’ third grade side hosted Cockburn, but were blown out of the water by a potent bowling attack.

Run scoring was slow, wickets tumbled regularly and Serpentine Jarrahdale was dismissed for a meagre total of just 64 from 44 overs.

Veteran Brad Chalmers top scored with 18 as five ducks were recorded for the home side, while Cockburn meandered to 0-59 at stumps with victory all but assured.

The table-topping sixth grade side opened the batting in its top of the table clash with Maddington and started brightly, scoring 103 for the first wicket thanks to Bill Evans (64) and Neil Bartlett (57).

Unfortunately the Blues failed to capitalise on the start and were bowled out for 173, meaning a disciplined effort in the field will be needed next week.

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