South Perth keep Premier Cricket finals hopes alive

South Perth keep Premier Cricket finals hopes alive

PERTH moved up to third spot and South Perth kept their finals hopes alive in Saturday’s Round 11 of Premier Cricket.

The Sky Blues claimed a much-needed win over Wanneroo at Richardson Park, triumphing by five wickets with 13 balls to spare.

Sam Birchall ripped through the top order, taking the crucial wicket of Dan Lawrence, before Alex Burton steadied the innings with 42.

Some late hitting from Christian Smith and Bailey Nylander pushed the Roos to 204.

Brandon Guest was superb with five wickets for the Sky Blues.

Guest followed up with a mature 84, with Rob Jones (43) and Darius D’Silva (33) combining for an important partnership, as the hosts chased the target down.

Perth leapfrogged Joondalup into third spot with a resounding nine-wicket victory over bottom-placed Rockingham-Mandurah at Fletcher Park.

All four senior teams, and both junior teams, had victories in a comprehensive round for the Demons.

The first and second grade victories were both commanding, both conceding just a single wicket in the run chase.

Early wickets to Josh Nicholas (3/21) and a tight spell of leg-spin bowling by Dean Nelson (2/26 off ten overs) kept the Mariners to just 121.

In reply Dom Sibley (60*) and Dain Moreton (57*) were outstanding as Perth finished with 1/123 off just 24 overs.

Four wickets to Andy Horrill routed Rockingam-Mandurah for just 67 in second grade.

Kai Hickey (54) and Rhys McVeigh (4/33) led the 3rd grade to their win, whilst new skipper Kunal Mishra with 4/22 led from the front in the tight 4th grade victory.

Spencer Briers, who had figures of 5/8, was the star performer in the under 15s win while on Sunday, the colts had a narrow one wicket loss to Scarborough