SJ Blues battling in clash with Leeming Spartans

Paceman Riley Maring in full flight.
Paceman Riley Maring in full flight.

SERPENTINE Jarrahdale Blues’ first grade side face an uphill battle in their two-day South Metropolitan Cricket Association clash with Leeming Spartans at Briggs Park.

The Spartans were superb with the bat, reaching 5-286 from their 75 overs and battering the Blues’ bowling attack at every opportunity.

Michael Falkingham (1-38 from 15 overs) was the best of the bowlers, with Damien Leipold (2-106) and Kane Hoskin (1-85) the next best.

The third grade side fared better on day 1 of their match against top-of-the-table Leeming thanks to some efficient bowling.

They reduced the Spartans to 6-72, however a lower order fight-back saw Leeming add 66 runs for the seventh wicket.

SJ fought back with three quick scalps to bowl their opponents out for 163, leaving them well-positioned ahead of day two.

Kim Mason (3-15), Dave Babich (2-8) and young paceman Riley Maring (2-39) were the pick of the bowlers.

The Blues’ top of the table sixth grade outfit hosted second-placed Riverton-Rostrata and made a good start thanks to Steven Paice (27) and Mark Paterson (38).

Unfortunately, wickets fell at a quick rate and only Bill Evans (40) was able to make a difference with the bat, as they were dismissed for 165.

Meanwhile, the 1C side looked to be in fine form when restricted Cockburn to 8/122 from their 40 overs.

Veterans Brendon Kelly (2-7) and Brett Lawrence (2-9) stifled run scoring from their 8-over spells to put SJ in command, but their batsmen could not match their performance.

In pursuit of the modest total, they lost wickets regularly and were dismissed for a disappointing 82 in just 23 overs.

Jamie Gleeson top scored with an unbeaten 35.