SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues first grade side was forced to battle hard in day one of its South Metropolitan Cricket Association clash with Bicton-Attadale.
Despite a strong start, a middle-order collapse scuppered chances of a decent score before regrouping slightly to finish on 162.
Kevin Francis (36) and Damian Leipold (52) carried the Blues to 1-70, before they crumbled to 6-82 shortly afterwards.
Samuel Merema’s 33 helped them to a respectable total, but they will face an uphill battle to protect their lead next week.
A superb batting performance, capped by a century to Ian Wood, has set up a good result for SJ’s third grade side halfway through their two day clash.
Strong showings from the top order carried them to 4-155, before Wood took over and smashed ten fours and six sixes from just 76 balls to finish on 114 and help carry them to 343 by the day’s end.
SJ’s 1C side was soundly beaten by a rampant Willetton in their one day clash after Willetton made 3-237 from its 40 overs.
Brendon Kelly was the bright spot with the ball for the Blues thanks to a tidy 3-35, but they could not get anywhere close to their opponents in the run chase and found themselves bowled out for just 79.
Meanwhile, the sixth grade outfit travelled to Piara Waters to begin their two-day clash and set their opponents a commanding total of 328 for victory.
They were helped by Glenn Tunstall’s century, in which he hit 13 fours and four sixes on his way to 117.
He was ably assisted by Neil Bartlett (40) and Jamie Gleeson (54) as the Blues set Piara Waters a commanding total.