Rockingham-Mandurah Cricket Club enjoys success against Gosnells

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ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah edged ahead of Gosnells late on day 1 of their Round 5 Western Australian Premier Cricket clash at Sutherlands Park.

On a day where their lower grades also took the honours, the Mariners first grade squeezed out all they could from the batting order to make 267.

Gosnells won the toss and immediately sent the visitors in, looking to take advantage of friendly bowling conditions.

Rockingham-Mandurah fell to 3-35 and 5-71 but Gloucestershire import James Bracey stuck it out in the cloud cover and drizzly conditions he would encounter more at home.

The left hander struck up a 107-run stand with captain Craig Simmons, a club record for the seventh wicket partnership to propel the total over 200. Bracey hung in for 160 balls with a doughty 87, coming with six boundaries and a six.

Simmons’ flourishing 59 off 63 was his 34th top grade half century for the Mariners, and with Adam France’s bruising 42 n.o., the bowlers had plenty to bowl to. Gosnells finished a fascinating first day at 0-6 from four overs.

Ryan Done plucked out Gosnells’ second grade batsmen one by one to put Rockingham-Mandurah right on top at Lark Hill.

The left arm orthodox spinner wheeled away for 30 overs to claim 5-72, his seventh such haul at the level, as the visitors succumbed for 164. Nicholas Scholl and Ronan Hogarth chipped in with 2-19 apiece.

At stumps, the Mariners are 1-19 and looking to drive home to a third win and cement second spot on the ladder.

Third grade rattled through the Hawks for 118 at Sutherlands Park. Aidan Andrews grabbed 3-32 and Anthony Brokate took 2-26 in a high-quality team bowling performance.

Rockingham-Mandurah left the door ajar for the home side, losing wickets late, stumps called at 3-16.

Joey Teague, on Rockingham-Mandurah debut, crafted a fine century in fourth grade’s total of 220. The number four, across from Shoalwater Bay, paired with Barend Grove (22) for the fourth wicket for 78 runs and another 64 runs for the next wicket with Matthew Langley (34).

Teague’s vital dig of 101 came from 154 balls, with 10 boundaries and two sixes, and was reinforced by James Bakota and Beck Bertoncin taking out an opener each, as Gosnells had work to do at 2-7.

South Perth got the better of the Mariners in the B grade female match last Sunday at Lark Hill. The visitors amassed 6-219 in the 32 over match.

In what was always a steep ask, the engine room fired immediately led by skipper Kayla van Spall’s 54 n.o., Eleanor Britton’s 30 and Mel Saunders adding 17. Rockingham-Mandurah finished on 7-138, 81 runs adrift of South Perth.

The club’s junior males will have their work cut out this Saturday against Gosnells as the Under 15s were rolled for 71 at Sutherlands Park, while Gosnells made 5-187 in the Under 15s match at Lark Hill.

Joe Sarsero