Simmons’ big ton gives Mariners hope

Simmons is the reigning Olly Cooley medallist in the WACA first grade competition. His 160 demonstrates yet again why he is the Mariners’ most valuable player.

Simmons now possesses six of the nine highest scores by a Mariner and is now within reach of 5000 first grade runs for the club.

Simmons spent four seasons away from the club as he attempted to find a regular first-class spot for NSW and WA.

The 30-year-old has peeled off at least 400 runs in all but one of his nine completed seasons in maroon.

Saturday’s performance was his 14th first grade century, the next best being Josh Smith with four tons.

Smith (48) combined with the burly left-hander for a fifth wicket partnership of 99 to steer the visitors to a total that gives them an even money chance.

Claremont was 0-10 at stumps and Simmons and the recuperated Chris Loveridge will be important in the quest to take 10 wickets.

Jamie Ryan put in another solid effort to pull the Tigers back in the second grade fixture at Lark Hill.

Ryan’s 3-97 was the best of another tough day at the office for the twos bowlers, with assistance coming from Callum Austen (2-41) as Claremont-Nedlands made 9-319.

Late injury withdrawals did not hamper the efforts of the thirds, which are rolling along and should polish off 63 runs to register another win, after Stefan Botha and Kyle Gardiner sliced through the Tigers batting for just 114. Botha’s 5-19 is his first senior grade milestone haul, while Gardiner ended up taking 3-24.

Rockingham-Mandurah finished a strong day one showing at 3-52 with Alex Whiteman unconquered on 33.

Briget Rhodes topped the batting and bowling in a loss to Joondalup at Iluka on Sunday. Rhodes’ double of 2-11 and 20 off 21 balls amounted to little, as Joondalup made 6-97 in the T20 match, before keeping Rockingham-Mandurah to 5-69.

Under 17s captain Jake Eardley-Wilmot top scored with 40 in Mariners’ tally of 171 to give them a foothold in their contest.

The Under 15s will need to score more than three runs per over to overhaul Claremont’s gettable 8-186 at Lark Hill.

Griffin Polglaze, Zachary Moody and Patrick Italiano took two wickets each in an even Mariner bowling performance.

Willetton came out on top last Sunday in two close affairs at Burrendah Reserve.

The under-14s lost in the last over trying to make 150 stand up as Barend Grove (47) and Damien Burrage (4-30) nearly got the team home.

The under 13s were dismissed for 104 in search of Willetton’s 5-136.