Three Mariners teams on their way

Portrait of bride and groom by church
Portrait of bride and groom by church

Second Grade, the Under-17s and Under- 15s took to the fields in the elimination finals round.

A great bowling display by Second Grade saw Melville all out for 126.

Rod Shemald (4-27), Jake Rogers (3-28), Joel Marion (2-22) and Aiden Andrews (1-39) showed why they are one of the best bowling attacks in Second Grade.

In reply, Dan Whiting (15) and Jayden Derosa (13) got the side off to a solid start.

At close of play on day one, the Mariners were sitting comfortably at 3-50.

The morning session on day two saw the Mariners go from total control to a case of deja vu. When the fifth wicket fell, that of Rod Shemald (29), the Mariners were still in the box seat at 5-109 but that total soon became 8-111.

This was not the first time this season that Second Grade have squandered an opportunity for a comfortable win. However, Josh Young (6 n.o.) and Joel Marion (13) took them over the line.

Eventually Melville wrapped up the innings, with the Mariners all out for 136.

In the second innings, Aiden Andrews (3-22) helped restrict the visitors to 4-88 when the captains agreed to call stumps.

The Mariners’ next game is a semi-final.

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The Under-17s played away to Wanneroo.

Batting first, Lewis Stanton (20) and Michael Sharp (20) battled hard against a strong Wanneroo bowling attack.

The under-strength 17s succumbed and were all out for 125.

Despite taking an early wicket, the local side were unable to defend the meagre total.

Sashin Menezes (2-18) and Robert Botha (1-11) were successful bowlers but it was Wanneroo who progressed to the semi-finals with3-126.

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It is said catches win matches, but dropped catches can be costly.

Rockingham Mandurah pair Aaron Burrage and Jake Eardley Wilmot were both dropped on single-figure scores against the Subiaco Floreat Under-15s.

Openers Trent Goodrick (20) and Jordan Brokate (19) got the side off to a good start but then it was the Burrage (120) and Eardley Wilmot (83 n.o.) show.

Their 193-run partnership not only set the side up for a massive score, they also broke the longstanding Under-15s third- wicket partnership on the way. The previous record was achieved back in the club’s first season in 1995-96.

At the close of their 60 overs the young Mariners were 4-275.

Much of the 15s’ success this season has been down to their enthusiasm and skill in the field and this game was no exception.

Backing up their bowlers, they were able to stifle the Subiaco batsmen.

Jordan Brokate (5-43) was the most successful bowler as Subiaco were dismissed for 160 in the 51st over. Victory assures a home semi-final on Saturday.