Finals hopes crushed

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

All senior sides were defeated by South Perth, putting finals out of reach for three of the four grades.

First-grade fought back on day one after South Perth cruised to 1/100 at lunch.

Led by Craig Simmons 5/75, Ben Wright 2/22 and Jake Rogers 2/22, they dismissed South Perth for 211.

Facing eight overs, the Mariners went to stumps at 1/6.

Day two started well with Brayden Sutton 51 solid at the top of the order.

At 2/81, the Mariners were well on the way, but another middle-order collapse saw all out for 124.

In a second innings, South Perth went to work on the demoralised Mariners bowling attack to be 3/177 at stumps.

ON top of the second-grade ladder, the Mariners soon had South Perth in all sorts of trouble at 7/85, but a rearguard display saw them reach 184.

It was a good all-round bowling performance with all five bowlers taking two wickets.

Craig George 40 and Dan Whiting 41 started the run chase and at stumps, the Mariners were 2/81.

Like the first grade, a batting slump on day two saw the Mariners bowled out for 142.

The bowlers once again produced the goods in the second innings.

Aiden Andrews 5/48 took the honours and South Perth were out on 198.

Although defeated, second grade are still in a good position to host a final.

ALEX Whiteman 52 led with a good knock in the third-grade match and they played well to reach 169 in their 45-over-one day fixture.

The South Perth openers made batting look easy and they took a toll on the inexperienced Mariner bowling attack.

When they stopped the game, they had reached 179 without losing a wicket.

FOURTH-grade’s finals chances came to a halt at the weekend.

Tom Lewis 2/4 and Zac White 2/27 bowled well to restrict South Perth to 170.

However, it was too much for the Mariners batsmen as they finished at 138.

Sid Menezes 38 continued his good run of form and Gerard DeKlirk 32 led the way with the bat.

CHASING 181 in 30 overs proved too much for the under-17s.

Nathan Jakins 3/46 was the pick of the bowlers.

Lachlan Pratt 37no and Robert Botha 14 were the only batsmen to reach double figures as the side slumped to 61 all out.

The u-17s can still play finals if they win their final game.