GOSNELLS Cricket Club face a difficult task in their two-day clash with Joondalup Districts after the host’s strong batting performance in their Premier Cricket First Grade clash.
Joondalup finished all out for 268 at the end of day 1, thanks in part to captain Michael Johnson’s 91 and solid lower-order batting.
Matthew Leipold and Aaron Kervern-Onyon provided a solid option in attack for Gosnells, taking three wickets each.
The hosts began their innings in a solid if unspectacular matter, reaching 3-74 before Johnson and Clinton Hinchcliffe struck up a 124-run partnership.
Some quality bowling saw Joondalup fall from 3-198 to 6-199, but Jake Zsilinszky (36) and Simon Branston (19) ensured the tail wagged and set Gosnells a difficult target next week.
Meanwhile, Gosnells’ Twenty20 outfit were easily accounted for by a rampant Subiaco Floreat side at Floreat Park Oval.
The hosts started shakily and lost three wickets for two runs to find themselves at 3-27, before falling even further into trouble at 5-42.
However, Andrew Holder took the reins, as he crunched 60 from 43, including four fours and two sixes to steady the innings, while Tim Monteleone smashed a quickfire 31 from 11 as the Lions finished on 6-153.
Unfortunately for Gosnells, its response was almost non-existent as Jonathon Crowe (25) and Brandon Jacobs (13) were the only two batsmen to score double figures.
They were bowled out for 85 in the 15th over as Hamish McKenzie finished with brilliant figures of 4-17 off 4 overs.