Cricket round-up: Gosnells not good enough for Rockingham-Mandurah, plus Armadale and Serpentine Jarrahdale results

SJ Blues bowler Yash Bassran was in good form for his side on Saturday.
SJ Blues bowler Yash Bassran was in good form for his side on Saturday.

GOSNELLS suffered a disappointing loss in its first WACA Premier Cricket game of 2018.

Despite losing the toss and being sent into the field, it was a cracking start for Gosnells when Aaron Keverne-Onyon trapped Rockingham-Mandurah opener Vincent Poller lbw with the first ball of the game.

A few overs later Keverne-Onyon also got the scalp of fellow opener Ed Pollock on for six.

He combined well with fellow bowlers Chris Prescott and Matthew Leipold to see Rockingham-Mandurah teetering at 5-41, however a huge 97-run stand from Dane Ugle and Nick Willis helped steady the ship and guide Rockingham-Mandurah to 205.

It was a run chase Gosnells would have problems with as the batting line-up struggled to stop the steady flow of wickets, succumbing to an 85-run loss after being bowled out for 120.

Opener Timothy Hale was the pick of the bunch with a team-high 30 runs.

Gosnells’ next one-day game is against Bayswater-Morley at Hillcrest Lower Oval in Bayswater from 11am on Saturday.

SERPENTINE JARRAHDALE BLUES enjoyed a positive first week back in action in the South Metropolitan Cricket Association.

The first grade side scored a resounding 120-run victory over Bicton-Attadale at Briggs Park after batting first.

The hosts performed strongly, reaching 6-190 from its 40 overs with John Murphy (43), Damien Leipold (39) and Kane Hoskin (36) doing most of the damage.

In reply, Bicton-Attadale struggled to come close to the required target, and were dismissed for just 70 in the 26th over.

An outstanding bowling and fielding display was led by Phillip Hicks (4-19) and Damien Leipold (3-9) as the Blues cruised to victory.

Third grade also recorded a win over Bicton-Attadale, but not as convincingly as they would have liked.

Batting first, the Blues got off to a flyer with openers Kim Mason (44) and Steven Paice (81) setting the standard early.

Tony Booth added a solid 39 and Serpentine Jarrahdale finished with a very good score of 8-205, which looked more than enough for victory.

Bicton-Attadale started well thanks to a 50-run opening stand, before Aaron Butler (4-13) reduced them to 5-61, leaving victory all but assured.

When the sixth wicket fell at 96, a comfortable victory seemed a foregone conclusion for the Blues, only for a 71-run seventh-wicket partnership to bring Bicton-Attadale back into the game.

Fortunately for Serpentine Jarrahdale, some good late bowling ensured their opponents fell nine runs short.

The in-form sixth grade side welcomed lowly Piara Waters who batted first and managed to score at over 5 runs an over during their innings.

Despite this, they were dismissed in the 23rd over for just 123, partly thanks to the bowling of Yash Bassran (3-17) and Zaine Atwell (3-20).

The Blues were hopeful of a win as they fielded a strong line up, but a poor batting display was punctuated by five ducks, ruining their hopes, as they were dismissed for just 83, with 27 runs coming from wides.

ARMADALE has kept its first grade one-day grand final hopes alive with a resounding victory over East Fremantle in the South Metropolitan Cricket Association.

East Fremantle won the toss and elected to bat, but Chad Forsyth’s bowling caused them problems from the get-go.

Armadale reduced them to 4-22 and despite a 41-run stand for the fifth wicket East Fremantle again crumbled to find itself 8-82.

It finished 114, with Forsyth (5-25) doing most of the damage alongside Mark Rice (2-21) and Rob Hanham (2-41).

In reply, Armadale lost an early wicket but it did not deter Rice (69) and Jordan Armstrong (102 not out), who set up the victory early.

Despite a hat-trick from East Fremantle, Armadale continued its innings relatively undeterred and reached 7-236.

It was Armstrong’s first hundred for the first grade side, following in his father’s footsteps in making a hundred for the club in first grade.

In other games, third grade had a tough day against East Fremantle, who won the toss and batted.

Despite some great early bowling, which reduced their opponents to 2-0 and later 3-25, it was one-way traffic otherwise as Armadale failed to reel in East Fremantle’s batsmen.

They reached 6-254 and Armadale was unable to get close in response as wickets fell regularly.

Paul Edwards made a solid 33 at the top of the order and Luke Williams added 34, as Armadale finished 9-128.

Meanwhile, the sixth grade side went down to Maddington after being sent in to bat first.

Armadale was in early trouble at 3-24 before Mick Wise’s 56 steered the team to 137.

In reply, Armadale’s bowlers toiled hard but Maddington were too good, making 8-206.

Sam Mullane was the best of the bowlers with 3-46, while Joey Facey had tidy 1-15 off 8 overs.

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