SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues won a nail biting encounter against East Fremantle at Briggs Park in its South Metropolitan Cricket Association First Grade clash.
After resuming the run chase at 0-56 chasing the visitors’ 111, the Blues could have been excused for thinking an easy win was a formality.
However, East Fremantle had other ideas and triggered a batting collapse as the hosts lost 9 wickets for just 29 runs.
Opener John Murphy (46 from 130) batted with authority and helped The Blues to 9-92, requiring a further 20 runs for victory.
It was left to tailenders Michael Falkingham (4 from 51) and Jarrod Hidding (22 from 59) to guide their side to an unlikely win.
SJ’s one day C side fell to a tough 45-run loss to a strong CBC side, which reached 6-186 despite some good bowling.
In response, veterans Lee Whittington (30) and Bill Evans (17) got the Blues off to a solid start with a 50-run opening partnership, but the batting order collapsed afterwards, with six wickets lost for five runs.
Nav Singh (31) and Brendon Kelly (20) batted in vain, but it was not enough to secure a victory.
The third grade side faced a tough run chase of 224 against East Fremantle in its two-day clash, and the loss of early wickets hindered its task.
In a disappointing outing, East Fremantle’s bowling attack tore through SJ’s batsmen, with youngster Brodie Gordon (16 not out) top scoring as the side was dismissed for 98.
Meanwhile, the unbeaten sixth grade side completed an outright victory over Perth Tamil in its two-day game at Mundijong.
Having bowled out its opponents for 38 on day one, SJ declared at 8-96 SJ and took a 58-run lead into the second innings.
The visitors dug in and faired slightly better, reaching 94 all out, with Dave Babich (3-16) and Ryan Makarov (3-9) the pick of the bowlers.
In response, SJ chased down 36 in response with ease, finishing day two on 5-54.