WACA Premier Cricket: South Perth has strong weekend, Perth with it all on the line

IT was a busy weekend of Premier cricket as Perth took on long-term rivals Fremantle to commence round 5.

After a wet week making preparation of the wicket difficult, Fremantle asked Perth to bat at Fletcher Park in overcast conditions.

Western Warrior Jon Wells was patient in compiling 45.

Newcomer Brad Garland was resolute in his 32 n.o. and late support from Liam Guthrie and Kyle Gardiner saw the Demons finish with 208.

This may not be enough for Perth to defend next weekend, as fine weather is forecast.

Second Grade dismissed Fremantle for 142, with Akash Fotedar claiming four wickets and Alex Calmy a hat-trick. Perth is well placed at 1-82 in response.

Third Grade is evenly poised, whilst Fourth Grade’s poor start sees them trying to defend a modest 141.

Sunday saw T20 fixtures down at Lark Hill, with a fine all-round performance from Josh Nicholas and Sean Roberts 54 n.o. from 38 balls, helping Perth reel in Rockingham-Mandurah’s total of 140.

Perth Colts were defeated in the final over.

South Perth enjoyed a strong weekend, with a commanding performance on Saturday against Melville, before winning an epic last-ball thriller against the Country XI in Sunday’s T20 match.

South Perth had just the start it was after in its two-day match against Melville, taking out openers Blake Reed and Luke Benequista after scoring one run each at Richardson Park on Saturday.

Melville struggled to fight back against the onslaught, as Darius D’Silva and Simon Ringrose ran rings around the batsmen, taking eight wickets between them, including a brilliant run-out from D’Silva.

Mark Turner provided some resistance at the end of the innings, scoring 30 from 42, which included two fours and two sixes.

Melville finally found a pulse at the start of South Perth’s innings, dismissing opening bat Hugh Brown for a duck.

However, the pulse faded quickly, as South Perth bashed its way to the advantageous position of 4-70 at the end of the day’s play, with Brandon Guest and Chris Chellew at the crease, while turning its attention to Sunday’s T20 match against the Country XI.

After the Country XI posted a fair total of 6-136, South Perth quickly got to work at Richardson Park on Sunday.

Robert Jones and Darius D’Silva continued their splendid form with the bat, scoring 25 and 53 respectively.

With the run-rate seemingly under control, D’Silva was dismissed at 7-134, leaving South Perth without a recognised batsman and four runs away from victory but they managed to win.

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