Cricket: Fremantle off to losing start in WACA Premier Cricket, mixed results for local SMCA sides

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WACA PREMIER LEAGUE

Fremantle is off to a shaky start, going down to Wanneroo in Saturday’s opening Premier Cricket game.

Despite being at home for the one-day game, Fremantle was unable to get its opening innings off the ground, losing opening batsman Jordan Buller for just five runs and then Matthew Micale two balls later for a duck.

Brayden Sutton and Anthony Collova helped steady the ship with 35 and 25 runs respectively, but Fremantle found itself 7-104 at the end of its innings.

It was a total Wanneroo chased down easily on the back of a big 47-run unbeaten stand from opener Matthew Spoors.

Fremantle only managed to take four wickets, Timothy Miles snaring two of those.

Fremantle will look to bounce back this weekend when it takes on Mt Lawley in another one-day game on October 14 at Breckler Park.

SMCA

There were mixed results for the three local teams in the South Metropolitan Cricket Association’s opening round.

Cockburn were the only team to taste success, downing Bicton-Attadale at Davilak Reserve on Saturday afternoon.

Sent into bat first, Cockburn lost two wickets early before Adam Cimetta and Joshua Pescud steadied with big half centuries.

A 42-run contribution from Luke Smith helped guide Cockburn to 7-209 from its 40 overs.

It proved too much for Bicton Attadale, with only one player in its line up managing double digits.

They were all out for just 118 following a three-wicket haul from Troy De Jesus.

East Fremantle and Phoenix both went down in their respective games.

East Fremantle chose to bat first against CBC but managed just 144 runs in its 40 overs as batsmen struggled to go on with their starts.

Top-scorer Ben Mustard was agonisingly close to a half-century before being caught on 49.

CBC had no difficulty chasing down the target thanks to 77 from opener Andrew Galbraith.

Phoenix also batted first in its game against competition newcomers Serpentine Jarrahdale Blues, scoring a respectable 175 on the back of 41 from Barry Savage.

But a huge 125 from SJ Blues’ John Murphy sealed the game for the home team.

The one-day matches continue this Saturday, with Phoenix hosting Leeming Spartan, Cockburn taking on CBC and East Fremantle going up against Bicton Attadale.

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