Bayswater-Morley v Rockingham Mandurah
Rockingham-Mandurah have trounced Bayswater-Morley, bowling the Bears out for a shocking 72 runs in a dominant bowling display on Saturday at Hillcrest Park.
Resuming play at 7-53, Leon Coombs picked up right where he left off on day 1, terrorising the Bears batsmen.
Coombs knocked over the tail in the blink of an eye, finishing the innings with an amazing 8-25 from his 20 overs as the Mariners wrapped up a first-innings win with a minimum of fuss.
With a mountain of time left in the day, the Mariners enforced the follow on in the hope of clinching an outright win.
After opener Manuel Hunwick was bowled out for one, a strong sense of deja vu encapsulated the Bears’ batting line-up.
With a demoralising outright loss on the cards, Bayswater Morley’s batsmen found some much-needed resilience to bat out the rest of the day, scoring 4-160 from 51 overs.
Lane Berry produced an unbeaten 67 from 92 balls, while Coombs produced one of the individual performances of the season, finishing with 10 wickets for the match.
Joondalup v Subiaco-Floreat
Joondalup has pulled off a huge upset, chasing down 257 runs to defeat Subiaco-Floreat and secure its first victory of the season on Saturday at Iluka Sports Complex.
Resuming play at 0-17, openers Garrick Morgan and Louis Gericke added another 19 runs to the total before Gericke was removed.
At 1-36, Morgan continued to find some much-needed runs in the context of his season, producing a 44-run partnership with Clinton Hinchliffe.
Although the Centurions seemingly had the match in control, the loss of Morgan for 51 at 2-80 saw Mitchell Dixon and Jaron Morgan fall in quick succession, putting the match back in the balance at 4-105.
However, Hinchliffe managed to avoid the chaos long enough to make a nuisance of himself in the eyes of the Lions bowlers.
Hinchliffe partnered up with Jake Zsilinszky to produce a brilliant 69-run fifth-wicket stand to put Joondalup firmly in control of the match.
Hinchliffe was eventually dismissed by Michael Hart after notching 70 hard-fought runs from 175 deliveries.
Zsilinszky continued to carry the load in Hinchliffe’s absence, boosting the score to 209 after a 35-run partnership with Zak Birchall.
The loss of Zsilinszky did nothing to halt the Centurion’s momentum, as Birchall anchored the back half of the innings, helping to hit the winning runs in the 89th over.
Andrew Hall did his best for the Lions, taking 3-58.
Melville v Midland-Guildford
Melville has secured a first-innings win over the hapless Black Swans, dominating day 2 with the bat to score 279 off the back of a terrific century to Drew Porter on Saturday at Tompkins Park.
Resuming play at 3-60, there would have been a collective scare throughout the Storm’s camp as Sean Terry was dismissed early in the day at 4-70.
With the match on the line earlier than expected, Drew Porter and Tom Smith came to the rescue for the Storm, notching up a match-winning 90-run partnership to put the match firmly in Melville’s grasp.
With Smith dismissed for 54 at 5-160, the Storm need just another 20 runs to secure the first-innings victory, which they happily obliged with a terrific 75-run sixth-wicket partnership to Porter and Ryan Duffield.
With the first-innings victory wrapped up, Porter continued on his merry way, dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground before he was eventually run out for a blistering knock of 107 runs from 167 deliveries, which included 11 fours.
After the Storm were bowled out for 279, Midland-Guildford returned to the crease with a small amount of time left in the day.
The Black Swans managed 2-89 from 22 overs.
Mount Lawley v Gosnells
Mount Lawley has edged closer to the top 6 following a superb first-innings win over Gosnells on Saturday at Breckler Park.
Resuming play at 0-7, Gosnells’ batsmen found the going tough early, falling to 2-53, but Ben Green and captain Matthew Leipold added 32 runs to the total to put the match back on an even keel.
The loss of Green for 47 at 3-85 did nothing to slow Leipold down, although finding a partner was proving difficult throughout the middle of the innings.
Chris Prescott and Brodee Foster came and went, as Leipold showed once again why he is the heart and soul of the team.
Leipold was eventually dismissed for 60 from 105 deliveries, boosting the total to 6-156 and giving Gosnells a shot at an unlikely victory.
Unfortunately for Gosnells, the loss of Leipold was the final blow in its defence, as Phillip Walshaw took three of the final four wickets to bowl the visitors out for 226.
Gosnells just could not get any momentum throughout its innings, failing to build consecutive partnerships to apply scoreboard pressure.
Walshaw ended the innings with 4-40, helping the Hawks secure another valuable first-innings win.
Scarborough v Claremont-Nedlands
Claremont-Nedlands have blown Scarborough out of the water on day 2, securing a first-innings win following back-to-back centuries from Bradley Hope and Nicholas Hobson on Saturday at Abbett Park.
Resuming play at 0-24, the Tigers struggled to get the match on their terms, losing Jacob Whiteaker, Jamie Crawley and Tim David early to be floundering at 3-62.
However, the Gulls had precious little warning for what was about to come next, as Hope and Hobson blasted Scarborough’s bowlers into next week.
The dynamic pair produced an amazing 153-run fourth-wicket partnership to put the match firmly within the Tigers’ grasp.
Hobson was eventually dismissed at 4-215 after a sensational 105 runs from 176 deliveries, which included 13 fours.
Hope continued on in the same vein, ignoring the loss of Jackson Edmondstone at 5-219 to combine with Joel Paris and produce a 57-run partnership to secure the first-innings victory in sensational fashion.
At 6-276, Hope continued to belt the ball to all parts of the ground, ending the day unbeaten on 117 (14 fours and one six) as the Tigers finished on 6-321.
South Perth v Fremantle
South Perth has survived a huge scare to upset second-placed Fremantle on Saturday at Richardson Park.
Resuming play at 3-73, South Perth added just 10 more runs to the total before losing Darius D’Silva at 4-83.
South Perth then found itself in a massive hole, losing Brandon Guest and Braydon Meuleman in quick succession to be sitting awkwardly at 6-96.
However, David Cleary and Chris Chellew combined beautifully at the crease to put South Perth’s collective mind at ease, producing a match-winning 67-run partnership.
Following Chellew’s dismissal for 48 at 7-163, Cleary continued to pile the pain on Fremantle’s bowlers, scoring a further 57 runs with Michael Bailey, pushing the total to 220.
Cleary eventually ran out of time and partners, ending the day unbeaten on 54 as South Perth pulled off a tremendous upset, defeating Fremantle on the first innings.
Josh Chojnowski did his best for Fremantle, taking 3-57 from his 17 overs.
Willetton v Wanneroo
Wanneroo has failed to capitalise on a perfect opportunity to win its third game in a row, collapsing terribly on day 2 as Willetton bowled the Roos out for 113 on Saturday at Burrendah Park.
Resuming at 1-46 with a small total to chase down, Aaron Hardie went on a rampage with the ball, taking five of the next six wickets, as the Roos batsmen were caught completely unawares.
The Roos lost six wickets in the space of 19 runs, completely crushing the spirit of the squad.
A small partnership of 27 runs from Caiden Eaton and Kyle Millar gave the Roos a small amount of hope of a fightback, before Will Rhodes struck this time, leaving the Roos flabbergasted at 8-94.
Hardie and Aaron McCall put the Roos’ tail-enders out of their misery, bowling Wanneroo out for a disappointing 113 and securing the first-innings win for Willetton.
With plenty of time left in the day, the Dragons returned to the crease with a small chance of snatching an outright victory.
From the 22 overs faced, Willetton produced 3-155, with Rhodes top scoring with 78 runs from 51 balls.