Only way is up in WACA Premier grade for Midland-Guildford

MIDLAND-Guildford has slumped to bottom spot on the Premier Cricket ladder after a disappointing loss to South Perth at Lilac Hill on Saturday.

The Swans, whose only win this season came at home against Willetton in round three, were unable to defend their day one score of 9-146 declared.

Midland-Guildford needed wickets early but South Perth opener Trent Ovens held the hosts at bay, combining for a key third-wicket partnership with Hilton Cartwright.

Zac Howard dismissed Cartwright for 33, making it 3-88, but the visitors were well on their way, with Ovens’ knock of 80 steering them to the points.

Indigenous talent Bevan Bennell was the best of the bowlers with three wickets, while Tim Armstrong was unable to add to his two wickets from day one.

After South Perth declared at 9-214, the Swans batted again, ending the day on 7-135, with UK import Dom Sibley top scoring with 26.

Midland-Guildford get their chance to bounce back this Saturday in a two-day game away to 12th-placed Gosnells from 11.40am.