WACA Premier Cricket: Rockingham-Mandurah sets imposing total against Perth

Dane Ugle in action for the Mariners.
Dane Ugle in action for the Mariners.

ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah ran Perth around Lark Hill on day 1 of its round 14 WA Premier Cricket fixture on Saturday

Dane Ugle’s second century in three matches propelled the Mariners to 333 and puts them in the box seat for a seventh win for the season.

Batting at number five, Ugle strode to the crease at 3-80 and paired with Nick Willis (35) for a 76-run fifth wicket union.

The right-hander was second last out for 118 off 169 balls with eight fours and two sixes.

Damien Burrage (47) combined with Ugle in the key stanza of the day, progressing the score from 6-191 to 7-287 as the long batting order took its toll on Perth’s bowlers.

Initially, Vinnie Poller got the ball rolling with 33 as the first nine batsmen registered double figures to give the bowling unit plenty to work with this Saturday

Joel Marion struck late in second grade’s match against the Demons to give them a glimmer of hope at Fletcher Park.

The tall left-armer took 3-9 from 7 overs to set the home team back at 3-70.

Rockingham-Mandurah could only get 150 after being sent in with opener Matthew Edwards top-scoring with 48.

Wesley Steele (27) and Nathan Hutchison (24) looked to have the Mariners through the danger period at 2-98 but the innings fell apart.

Only 80 runs separate the sides and the Mariners bowlers will need to have a rampant first two hours to shove their side into he top six with just round 15’s one-dayer on March 3 left in the regular season.

Third grade scrapped hard as Perth won the toss and batted at Lark Hill to record 9-240.

Mitchell Steele took the honours for the Mariners with 4-41 from 16.1 overs, coming with 6 maidens.

Perth smashed through fourth grade for 60 to take control at Fletcher Park.

Durradh Hagan (24) and William Schiwy (24) were the only batsmen to offer resistance before the Demons declared at 5-184, a lead of 124 runs enough before having another dip at the Mariners.

At stumps, Rockingham-Mandurah survived 10 overs to be 0-13 with plenty of work ahead to stave off outright loss.

Sonia Yadav’s inspirational performances lifted the seniors to a stirring win and nearly pulled the under-18s home a day earlier.

The Demons took the honours on the first day of the under-15 and under-17s matches.

Under-15s made 96 with Corey Wasley leading the way as Perth finished the day at 2-23.

Under-17s will chase the large target of 8-287, despite the fine effort of Ronan Hogarth who ended up with a five-wicket haul.

The under-13s and under-14s will enter this week’s semi-finals after mixed fortunes from last week.

The under-13s lost by 25 runs as South Perth replied with 3-142 to the Mariners’ 6-117, while the under-14s snuck over the line by bowling out South Perth for 108 and edging past on 114.

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