Premier Cricket: Rockingham-Mandurah to take on Claremont-Nedlands in Two-Day Grand Final

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Rockingham-Mandurah v Fremantle

Rockingham-Mandurah has surged into the Two-Day Grand Final following a first-innings victory over Fremantle at Lark Hill over the weekend.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Rockingham-Mandurah burst out of the blocks on a batting-friendly deck with a savage 86-run partnership to Tyler Robertson and Brandon Burt.

Needing to stop the leaking of runs, Fremantle finally made the breakthrough, taking out Burt for 59 through Ross Macauley.

Dane Ugle and Robertson fell shortly after, leaving the Mariners on 3-135 with Fremantle storming back into the match.

With Fremantle’s bowlers slowly getting on top, Aaron Burrage and Samuel Day came to the rescue for the Mariners and proceeded to blast the visitors to all parts of the ground.

The prolific pair added 85 runs to the total during their superb fourth-wicket partnership, boosting the score beyond 200.

Burrage’s sensational innings came to an end on 77 at 4-220, with nine fours coming from his blade in 130 balls faced.

Adam France came and went moments later, as the see-sawing encounter looked to have a few more twists and turns before the end of the day’s play.

However, with power-hitter Craig Simmons joining Day at the crease, the Mariners set themselves up to defend a massive score.

The talented duo smacked 66 runs during their scorching sixth-wicket partnership, pushing the score to 6-302 following the loss of Day for 70 runs.

Simmons continued to belt the ball to all parts of the ground, as the Mariners ended the day on a monster score of 8-332.

Burrage and Day were instrumental for the Mariners throughout the middle overs, thwarting Fremantle’s comeback with the ball, while Jarryd McPhee did his best for the visitors with the ball, taking 2-49.

With a gigantic target to chase down, Fremantle zoomed to 2-154 following an unbelievable 132-run second-wicket partnership to power duo Sam Whiteman and Mitch Marsh.

Following the dismissal of Marsh for 53, Whiteman backed up his super start by adding a further 34 runs to the scoreboard with Daniel Kennedy.

However, the loss of Kennedy by Simmons at 3-188 saw the Mariners gain the upper hand in a tense run chase.

Wickets started to drop at an alarming rate for Fremantle, and the loss of Whiteman for 116 at 5-212 seemed to spell the end of the road for the visitors.

Simmons and Burrage ripped through Fremantle’s tail, bowling the visitors out for 285 and securing the first-innings victory for the Mariners.

Whiteman’s terrific knock of 116 from 202 deliveries – which included 12 fours – gave Fremantle a fighting chance to steal an unlikely victory, but Simmons stood in the visitors’ way at every turn, claiming 5-95, in another polished performance.

 

Claremont-Nedlands v Melville

Claremont-Nedlands has jumped into its second successive Two Day Grand Final after dismissing Melville with ease over the weekend at Cresswell Park.

After being sent in to bat, Melville found itself under serious heat from the Tigers’ bowling attack, crumbling to 3-21 after losing openers Blake Reed and Luke Benequista for nought.

However, a spirited 87-run third-wicket partnership from Fraser Hay and Drew Porter put the Storm back in the match.

With the Storm looking dangerous with the bat, Daniel Turkich and Thomas May found themselves working beautifully in tandem with the ball, eventually breaking through with the wicket of Porter at 4-108.

Tim Smith and Hay fell shortly after, leaving the Storm on 6-145 and giving the Tigers the edge going into the last half of the innings.

With Melville clearly needing some runs to produce a defendable total, Brad Turner and Ryan Duffield came to the crease for the visitors to produce a fighting 36-run partnership.

However, the loss of Turner through Chris Simpson sparked a late-innings collapse, as the Storm lost their final four wickets in the space of just nine runs.

Hay was absolutely sensational for the Storm with the bat, scoring 90 runs from 127 deliveries, with 10 fours and one six coming from his bat, while May was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-38.

With a smallish target set, the Tigers jumped out of the blocks with a 68-run opening partnership to Jacob Whiteaker and coach-turned-nightwatchman Jim Allenby.

With the match on the line early for the Storm, Drew Porter and Blake Reed found their rhythm with the ball, taking out both openers to put the game back on an even keel.

However, the talent-laden Tigers sent Jackson Edmondstone and Nicholas Hobson to the crease, who emphatically took the game away from the Storm with a smashing 104-run third-wicket partnership.

Edmondstone was fantastic with the bat for the Tigers, producing 69 runs, while Reed and Porter were the only two bowlers to make a dent in the Tigers’ batting attack.