BRENDON Diamanti claimed four late wickets to give Rockingham-Mandurah serious hope a major upset against Premier Cricket leaders Claremont-Nedlands at Cresswell Park on Saturday.
After the Mariners were out for 200, ex-New Zealand international Diamanti dismantled the Tigers, taking 4-4 in quick time, to have the hosts reeling at 4-19 at stumps.
Rockingham-Mandurah, who had lost their past two matches, outplayed the Tigers on day one of their clash.
Skipper Craig Simmons won the toss and elected to bat, before starting fast himself with 54, including four sixes.
Brayden Sutton then held the innings together with an unbeaten 72, with his fellow batsmen struggling around him.
Sutton’s 63-run sixth-wicket partnership with Josh Smith (37) was vital to the Mariners posting a competitive score after losing 3-6 in the middle order.
Matt Kelly was outstanding for the hosts with 5-39, his second five-wicket haul in three games.
However, late in the day, Diamanti bowled six overs unchanged to devastating effect as Claremont-Nedlands limped into the sheds in trouble.