JOEL Marion and Aidan Andrews bagged six-wicket hauls on day one of Rockingham-Mandurah’s WA Premier Cricket Round 5 clash against Fremantle last weekend.
The Mariners hold the whip hand in second and third grades, but will need to chase down large totals in first and fourth grades.
Marion shone throughout the first day at Lark Hill in the grand final replay as he claimed career-best figures of 6/62 from 24 overs.
The lanky left-armer trapped two batsmen leg before wicket, bowled another and claimed a caught-behind in a tireless performance, but Fremantle took the honours at stumps to sit on 9/366.
Andrews spearheaded the third-grade push as he finished with 6/32 in Fremantle’s total of 201.
The right-arm paceman bowled 11 maidens in 22 overs of effort as he shut down Fremantle’s run rate before removing their threats alongside Chris Phelps (2/66).
At stumps, Rockingham-Mandurah are 2/18, knowing that two sessions of solid batting will see them to victory.
Disciplined bowling by second-grade restricted Fremantle to 6/238 at Stevens Reserve.
Matthew Edwards took the figures with 2/45 and Ryan Done wheeled away for 2/57 as all five bowlers kept the heat on the opposition.
The game moved fast in fourth-grade as Fremantle went at five-plus runs per over to finish at 8/338.
Lewis Pitts backed up three wickets last week to snare 4/79 from 17 overs in another leading performance from the skipper.
The colts lost by eight runs to Midland-Guildford at Lilac Hill after being bowled out for 212 in the final over.
Aaron Burrage snagged 3/25 in 10 overs and Lachlan Pratt’s 2/31 were Mariners highlights in the Swans’ 220.
Joel Humble top-scored with 54 in the reply and Charles Allen added 44 but the pursuit for quick runs added too much pressure.
Midland-Guildford grabbed the points in the women’s match too with a five-wicket win in the Twenty20 clash at Lark Hill.
Mel Saunders clipped 35 from 44 balls in Rockingham-Mandurah’s 5/94, but the Swans overhauled the target with two balls in hand.
The Under-17s will start day two chasing after Fremantle’s 7/221.
Ronan Hogarth took 3/44 in partnership with fellow change bowler Kai Harrison (2/8) to hold the blue caps to a gettable total.
The Under-15s took an early wicket as Saturday morning rain washed out most of the day’s play, with Fremantle ending at 1/2.
This week, play starts from 11:40am in the first grade at Lark Hill, while the under-13s and under-14s play Melville at home on Sunday.