Cricket: SJ Blues wins four from four

Fifth grade bowler Zaine Atwell bowled very economically taking 1-14 from eight overs.
Fifth grade bowler Zaine Atwell bowled very economically taking 1-14 from eight overs.

THE SJ Blues Cricket Club’s successful season to date got even better last Saturday, with all four teams winning.

Second grade continued its match against Kwinana who were chasing SJ’s 9-250 at Briggs Park.

Kwinana made a spirited reply but two SJ bowlers dominated taking all 10 wickets.

Thomas Keefe continued his outstanding season capturing 6-44 and Kane Hoskin proved brilliant support taking 4-59 as Kwinana were all out for 208.

Batting a second time SJ rattled up 3-178 with Brad Chalmers (62) and Brendan Erceg (67) sharing in a 118-run opening partnership.

Fifth grade recorded a convincing victory over East Fremantle who posted a modest total of 147.

Best bowling went to Michael Elphinstone (4-29) and Corey Carter (3-26).

SJ made a very good start with an opening partnership of 65 between Tony Booth (33) and Euan Cornish (40).

Kim Mason chipped in with 32 before Corey Carter (35 not out) and Michael Elphinstone (20 not out) took SJ to victory, SJ finishing on 8-212.

Aaron Ballantyne had a debut to remember for the 1C side top scoring and picking up two wickets in their 47-run win over Kardinya.

Batting first SJ was struggling at 4-54 thanks to 29 from skipper Paul Van Luxemborg.

Ballantyne (46) then added 133 runs with Ryan Hicks (30) and Nav Singh (26) as SJ reached 8-182.

Their opponents were restricted to a reply of 8-135 thanks to great bowling from Jaxon Liddelow (3-10), Cameron Speight (2-21) and Ballantyne (2-23).

Youngster Clayton Stone also starred as the 1G side made it three from three with an exciting eight-run win over Cockburn 1.

Sent in to bat Craig Smith got SJ off to a flyer with an aggressive 32 before juniors Sean Svans (23) and Stone added 51 for the fourth wicket.

Stone finished on 46 not out which was a fine effort from the 14-year-old.

SJ making 8-150, Cockburn were up to the challenge but could only manage 142.

Janaka Gamage (4-32), Stone (2-21), Matthew Barnesby-Johnson (2-26) were the main wickets takers while Sri Chowdappa and Sean Evans bowled with great economy.

The last games will be held this Saturday, December 17, before the Christmas break.

Second Grade takes on Kelmscott, fifth grade are home to Maddington, 1C are also home to Phoenix and 1G takes on Cockburn 2.