A MAIDEN first-grade century by Mitch Green helped the Mariners notch up its biggest score of the season against Subiaco Floreat last weekend in the first day of the round seven clash in the WA Premier Cricket Season.
First and second grades both posted large totals that will give the bowlers every opportunity to attack with aggressive fields to get 10 Lions wickets this Saturday.
At Lark Hill, Brandon Burt was handed first-grade cap 104 by recently retired club stalwart Tony Coulson and quickly looked the part as he smashed 80 off 71 balls to top off the groundwork by Mitch Green and Dane Ugle.
The pair rescued the Mariners from 3-31 and took the score to 4-185 to give the team a look at posting 300 plus.
Ugle struck 77 from 126 deliveries, which featured 10 fours and a six.
It was Green, absorbing the early punishment before flourishing later in his 177- ball vigil, who got the kudos as he punched his way to a maiden first-grade ton, finally trapped leg before wicket for 102.
Another partnership blossomed as Burt and Aaron Burrage (47) added another 110 for the sixth wicket to record the team’s biggest score of the season at 9-345.
Early trouble struck Second Grade at Floreat Oval but the blazing bat of Adam France propelled the Mariners to 331.
France dispatched the bowling here, there and everywhere with his 116 n.o. batting at number eight.
Damien Burrage and Kevin Dubicki provided stout resistance in the middle order to stop the rampaging Subiaco-Floreat bowling pack to set the stage.
Burrage fell for 53 and Dubicki for 43 and while France’s fireworks went off, Jordan Clark, followed by Ryan Done struck 36 each.
Rockingham-Mandurah reduced the home side to 4-48 in the last hour of day one.
Chris Phelps and Daniel Abel were a two-man wrecking crew for Third Grade at Lark Hill to bowl Subiaco-Floreat out for 185.
Phelps claimed a five- wicket haul, finishing 21 overs to snare 5-51, while Abel’s bag saw him wheel away for 24 overs in taking 4-43.
The Mariners will need a further 171 runs for victory when they resume this Saturday at 2-15.
Fourth Grade made steady progress at Alderbury Reserve being dismissed late in the day for 165 on a slow outfield that will be more than defendable.
The Twenty20 matches at Lark Hill went the way of the visitors, with Melville’s women winning by 52 runs before Perth Scorcher and Australian representative Andrew Tye (72), cast in the unfamiliar role of batsman, helped Scarborough home by 50 runs in the men’s match.
The Under-17s are just 20 runs away from victory after the bowling crashed through Subiaco-Floreat.