Cricket: Serpentine Jarrahdale Blues enjoy winning start to new season

John Murphy in action and inset, celebrating his century.
John Murphy in action and inset, celebrating his century.

SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues enjoyed a successful start to the cricket season as all three teams recorded opening day victories.

The first grade side claimed a seven-wicket victory over Phoenix in its return to the South Metropolitan Cricket Association (SMCA) First Grade competition at Briggs Park.

Inspired by a superb unbeaten knock from opener John Murphy (125 not out), the visitors chased down Phoenix’s 7-175 from 40 overs to finish on 3-180.

Aaron Ballantyne (3-29) and Jarrod Hidding (2-29) were the Blues’ best bowlers, while debutant Blake Smith (20 not out) was crucial in the run chase.

Last year’s flag winning fifth grade team jumped two grades and looked to be in a spot of bother when they were dismissed for just 94 by Phoenix.

Only Kim Mason (28) and Brett Lawrence (24) put up a fight as they lost their last seven wickets for 23 runs.

However, led by skipper Matt Hillyard (4-24) and veteran Brett Lawrence (3-8), the Blues recovered to dismiss Phoenix for 69 and claim a stunning turnaround.

The Blues’ sixth grade team completed the club’s winning start with a comprehensive 62-run win over Armadale.

Serpentine Jarrahdale managed just 8-101 and opener Neil Bartlett (40) was the only batsman to make a significant contribution, but two early Armadale run outs gave them an advantage.

Opening bowlers Michael Elphinstone (4-25) and youngster Clayton Lawrence (3-14) were influential as Armadale crumbled to finish all out for 39.

The 1C side commence their season this weekend, while both first and third grade meet Armadale and sixth grade takes on Cockburn.

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