Saturday matches ‘crucial’ for Wanneroo

Despite the handy figures of 4-74 from returning bowler Gary Atkinson and 3-49 from left-armer Matthew Dzodzos, Wanneroo were unable to restrict the scoring of the Midland batsmen.

Second-grade had a mixed day, scoring 204 and making early inroads to have Midland at 2-29 at stumps.

Mitch McGee, returning to the role of opener, provided the backbone of the innings with his second hundred (107) for the club this season.

The trend of runs at Lilac-Hill continued in third grade, with Midland-Guildford posting 270. John Walter continued his season of wicket taking, collecting 2-50 off his 17 overs.

In fourth-grade a 50-run opening stand between Elliot Ruff (63) and Razi Zain (25) enabled the Roos to post a more than handy 191. The under-17 team will be chasing 206 next week after Midland-Guildford made the most of some inconsistent bowling.

Wanneroo went into this round leading the club championship and with all four grade sides vying for top-six positions. With many games evenly poised after the first weekend, this Saturday shapes as a crucial one for the club’s season.Nathan Henry