WACA Premier Cricket: South Perth push case as contender with win over Willetton


South Perth’s Andrew Korol runs in to bowl against Willetton. Picture: Carmen Sherry
South Perth’s Andrew Korol runs in to bowl against Willetton. Picture: Carmen Sherry

SOUTH Perth remain a Premier Cricket premiership bolter after a resounding victory over Willetton at Burrendah Reserve on Saturday.

The result leaves the Sky Blues firmly in the top four after Round Six of Premier Cricket and having claimed the scalp of a genuine contender.

Englishman Rob Jones followed his 67, with 3-25 to lead his side to a 28-run victory.

Chasing South Perth’s 258, the Dragons fell to 5-97 early and looked in real trouble before Kallen Bond resurrected the innings.

Bond made 97, combining with Brennan Wilson (47) to get their side within touching distance, before being dramatically run out by Jacob Mulder as Willetton were eventually bowled out for 230.

Andrew Korol took two wickets, while Sam Birchall and Darius D’Silva took one apiece.

Perth overcame Gosnells at Sutherlands Park on Saturday to record their second two-day victory in the trot.

Led by Western Warrior Josh Nicholas’ spell of 3-34, Perth managed to defend their imposing first-innings total of 6-308 on day two of their Premier Cricket clash.

Despite a half-century from Mathew Leipold (64), Gosnells were never in the hunt on a grinding day of cricket where the Perth attack kept up the pressure, Liam Guthrie snaring three wickets, while Dean Nelson and Jake Van Galen claimed two each.

Young Englishman Ben Mike took a stunning 8-27 to spark Perth’s Second Grade side to an outright thumping of Gosnells at Fletcher Park.

Having already taken first-innings points, Mike’s astonishing spell routed Gosnells for just 53 in their second innings.

Brad Garland compiled a match-winning 102 in Third Grade. With able support from Isaac Townsend (96 n.o.) and Bronson Chabros (79 n.o.), Perth put the Gosnells attack to the sword to record an impressive victory.

Young star Connor Smith amassed a brilliant 139 n.o. for the under-17s.