ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah will need to be switched on this weekend if they are going to pull some wins out of the fire against University.
The first day of Round 6 WA Premier Cricket action saw some fine bowling from second grade’s Ryan Done and third grade’s Wesley Steele to give the Mariners plenty of hope.
At Lark Hill, first grade elected to bat against the Students but bumbled their lines to be bowled out for 176. Brendon Diamanti finished unbeaten on 46 as he put on 44 with Craig Simmons (34) and 32 with Dane Ugle (28).
The visitors cautiously moved to 1/57, 119 in arrears, with Diamanti (1/13) claiming the early wicket in a holding last session that at least keeps chances of an against-the-odds win alive.
Left arm orthodox spinner Done’s six wicket bag did for the Students at James Oval as he struck throughout the day to bowl Uni’s seconds out for 234. He wheeled away from one end, exerting pressure and influence, while Lachlan Pratt and Matt France claimed a couple of wickets each.
The batting resulted in the last five overs of the day without perishing to be 0/6.
Rockingham-Mandurah are just 22 runs away from victory in third grade after Steele’s first senior five wicket haul skittled Uni for 115. Claiming 5/29 from 13.5 overs, he precipitated the loss of University’s last seven wickets for 39 runs.
The promising Under 17s all-rounder will be at the crease with captain Tony Coulson (21*) when the Mariners resume at 4/94, after opener Carey Green continued his solid start to 2015/16 with a seven boundary score of 37.
Fourth grade are a fighting chance after claiming three wickets late on day one at UWA Sports Park. Earlier the batsmen made 177 after captain Lewis Pitts won the toss and decided to bat first.
At stumps, the students are 3/73 with Pitts, Kirk Bennett and Mitchell Steele taking the Mariners wickets.