ENGLAND Test player Tim Bresnan made his Premier Cricket debut for South Perth on Saturday in a derby against Perth, but he could not stop his side losing by 32 runs at Richardson Park.
Bresnan (31) took a wicket and made 41 with the bat but could not stop South Perth from being bowled out for 225, short of Perth’s 8-257.
It was an English youngster on his return to Premier Cricket, Dominic Sibley, who made the decisive contribution for Perth.
The former Midland-Guildford batsman made 106no from 110 balls to lift the Demons to 8-257.
In reply, no South Perth batsman was able to build on a start, with Brooke Guest top scoring with 46.
The Premier Cricket season resumed after the two-week Christmas break with back-to-back one-day fixtures on Saturday and Sunday in Round Nine and 10.
Perth got the better of the Sky Blues on Saturday, but went down to Subiaco Floreat by 75 runs at Fletcher Park on Sunday.
Perth had Subiaco Floreat in early trouble at 6-44 but they recovered to post 156.
Jacob Van Galen snared 4-29 for the Demons, but Perth’s batting fell apart and they were dismissed for just 81.
South Perth, meanwhile, bounced back from their loss to the Demons, by triumphing over reigning premiers Rockingham-Mandurah at Lark Hill on Sunday to end their run of three defeats.
All Perth lower grade sides had victory over the weekend – a perfect four wins from four games.
In the second grade, skipper Paul Nicholas had a good all-round weekend which included 5-19 on Sunday.
Youngster Joel Curtis posted 73 in the fourth grade team’s win over South Perth.