Mariners quicks give students a scare

Mariners quicks give students a scare

Both teams knew they would have to push the envelope to get a result out of the match last Saturday after the first week was washed out.

The Mariners won the toss and batted first as Josh Smith, moving up to number three, made a crisp 31 to signal intent.

Captain-coach Brendon Diamanti took his season tally to 278 runs in a top score of 61, the third time he has passed 50 this season.

Jayden Derosa occupied the crease with a sound 41 and Tony Coulson returned to form with a brisk 36no in the Mariners’ 5-188 from 57 overs.

University had the best part of 40 overs to make a game of it, but Rockingham-Mandurah’s bowlers tied them in knots early.

The chief wrecker was Joel Marion in the most impressive display of his burgeoning first grade career.

Marion took 3-30 from 12 overs and another young gun Jacob Rodgers took 2-40 in an overall encouraging display for the Mariners, despite the students holding on at 6-134.

Fourth grade broke their duck in style with a slashing outright result at UWA Sports Park.

The Mariners’ 8-204 was more than enough as they took a buzz-saw to the students’ batting for lowly numbers of 80 and 53.

The first innings ended after paceman Guy Lewis, leg spinner Steven Cairns and Ryan Hoskins snaffled three victims apiece.

Just 27 overs later, the game was complete as Cameron Harvey wanted in on the fun and ended up with 6-31 after playing a set-up role earlier in the day.

The women’s B grade side went out with a bang to defeat South Perth in their last match of the Twenty20 season at Careeba Reserve on Sunday.

Mel Saunders spearheaded the bowling effort, her 2-14 being the sixth straight match of claiming at least one wicket as South Perth was restricted to 5-77.

Aimee White made the chase a cakewalk with 35 from 28 balls including seven fours and with Rebecca Edwards (25 from 17) led Rockingham-Mandurah home with 39 balls in hand.

The young Mariners grabbed important wins against Fremantle, who were higher on the ladder before the Sunday games at Lark Hill.

The under 14s made 9-166 courtesy of Kai Harrison’s 44 and Eric Botha’s 36.

A smothering bowling effort ensued and Fremantle wrapped up for 69 as Botha, Barend Grove and Mitchell Chitty took two wickets each in a tremendous team performance.

Noah Gregg (4-3) and Jacob Hewitt (4-14) underpinned the under-13s win against Fremantle with the ball under the pressure of guarding 8-106.

The visitors fell 15 short as Gregg and Hewitt strung together a combined six maidens.

Narrow losses to University fell the way of the second and third grade sides.

Seconds only cobbled together 130 to lose by 10 runs.

Kyle Gardiner took a second innings five-wicket haul to demonstrate why he has been picked in the WA under-17s team to play next month in Adelaide.

Thirds pushed all the way, chasing University’s 5-198 as Leon Coombs (52) and Kris Kennedy (45) played well as the Mariners eventually sunk for 179 in the busy second day making up for lost time.

Awaiting Rockingham-Mandurah in the fortnight before Christmas are Willetton for the seniors and juniors, while the colts (under-21s) play Scarborough at Lark Hill on Sunday in a 50 over match.