Individual brilliance shines as Rockingham-Mandurah and Scarborough battle


Above: Spinner Ryan Done in action for the Mariners second grade side; Inset: Chris Cox plays a cover drive for the Mariners fourth grade side.
Individual brilliance shines as Rockingham-Mandurah and Scarborough battle
Above: Spinner Ryan Done in action for the Mariners second grade side; Inset: Chris Cox plays a cover drive for the Mariners fourth grade side.

INDIVIDUAL brilliance punctuated the first day of Rockingham-Mandurah’s Round 13 WA Premier Cricket match against Scarborough on Saturday.

Centuries by Dane Ugle and Nick Willis, as Ryan Done took home a swag of wickets, leaving the Mariners with a real chance in two matches against the Gulls.

The following day, the club’s colts took away the Peel Premier Twenty20 title after a semi-final win against Waroona before seeing off Singleton Irwinians in the final at Lark Hill.

Rockingham-Mandurah had an even spread with the bat, making 7/124.

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Australian Under 16 representative Damien Burrage showed his mettle taking 5/20 after making 22 to help the Mariners over the line by 21 runs, as the Irwinians finished at 8/103.

Last Saturday, Scarborough won the toss in the first grade at Lark Hill and sent the home side in.

Rockingham-Mandurah were able to register 248, thanks in no small part to Ugle’s fireworks.

Missing the second week to spearhead WA in the National Indigenous Cricket Championships with fellow Mariner Craig Jones, Ugle combined with opener Tyler Robertson (25) for a 62-run third wicket stand.

The Perth Scorchers rookie squad member continued to blaze his way to 106 from a mere 92 deliveries, with 16 fours and two sixes.

Ugle’s third first-grade century took him past 500 runs for the season and into fourth place on the 2016/17 first grade run-scorers list.

Damien Burrage (37) and Adam France (26) added 43 for the eighth wicket to give the bowlers something to aim up to.

France (1/23) claimed an early wicket but Scarborough settled at stumps on 1/67 with the match still in the balance.

Ryan Done arrested Scarborough second grade’s breakneck batting with 8/116 at Abbett Park.

The left-arm tweaker took the first five wickets to fall to keep the home side to 9/251 in just 56 overs, reducing them from positions of power at 1/122 and 5/231.

Done claimed his 100th second-grade wicket and became the only player to get 8 wicket hauls in both first and second grades.

The hard work was undone in the last session, however, as the visitors slumped to 9/98 by stumps.

Third grade batted first at Lark Hill and Nick Willis made an even ton to get Rockingham-Mandurah into the game, all out for 215.

The number five came in with his side in a spot of bother but partnerships with Adam France (27) and Chris Phelps (23) were vital. Phelps (2/3) followed up with two late blows to put Scarborough to 2/29 at stumps.

Fourth grade gave up first innings points but Scarborough didn’t have it all their own way. The Mariners made 91 as Ben McCulloch (35) and Jordan Brokate (32) did the bulk of the scoring.

Scott Bekker (2/18) gave the Gulls the shakes, dismissing both openers for ducks. The visitors continued to make inroads, sending six batsmen back to the sheds before they passed the total.

Scarborough finished the day at 6/149 as the Mariners will look to contain the damage before making a better fist of the second dig.

In the female juniors, the Under 18s played out a tie against Wembley Districts and the Under 15s were too good for Bateman by 28 runs as Ruby James played a starring role with 21 not out and 2/8.

The Under-17 males scored 165 against Scarborough boosted by Jordan Clark’s 65 before Kai Harrison tore through the Gulls late taking 3/5 to set them back at 3/13.

Teague Wyllie’s 57 has given the Under 15s a fighting chance at Abbett Park as Rockingham-Mandurah persevered for 145, before being bowled out in the 58th over.