Cricket: Serpentine Jarrahdale Blues enjoy strong weekend across all grades

Bill Evans celebrates his half century.
Bill Evans celebrates his half century.

SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues enjoyed a strong weekend with its top two sides in good positions midway through their two-day matches and another two sides claimed wins.

The Blues’ first and third grade sides fought hard on day one of their two-day matches against East Fremantle as both ties remained in the balance.

Meanwhile, the 1C side snared its first win of the season over Kardinya and the sixths nabbed a first innings win over Perth Tamil.

First grade sent East Fremantle in to bat at Briggs Park and took three early wickets, as teenager Shawn Evans took two.

Some middle order resistance saw the visitors move from 3-7 to 3-73, before Damian Leipold and Joshua Harper took two wickets each for no runs to rip through East Fremantle’s middle order.

The lower order held on for as long as possible, before being dismissed for 111.

In response, the Blues were 0-55 at stumps thanks to Kevin Francis (13) and John Murphy (26).

In second grade, Matthew Hillyard took 6-71 and Kim Mason finished with 3-36 as Serpentine Jarrahdale battled hard against a strong East Fremantle side.

Despite the bowlers’ good work, East Fremantle posted a good score of 224 for the Blues to chase on day two.

The 1C side grabbed its first victory of the season thanks to a strong showing from the as Kardinya crumbled from 2-32 to 9-58.

Only a 36-run stand from tailender Kim Rankin salvaged some pride, but Kardinya was dismissed for 113 as Gurpreet Bassran (5-19) and Pardeep Singh (3-24) did the damage with the ball.

In reply, openers Bill Evans (51) and Lee Whittington (31) provided the backbone for the successful run chase as the side finished on 9-168 from its 40 overs.

Young Riley Maring took a hatrick to finish with figures of (3-7) for sixth grade as it routed Perth Tamil for just 38.

Zaine Atwell (2-4) and Bryce Shersby (2-14) also stood out, before the Blues overcame an up-and-down batting performance to finish day one on 8-96.

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