WACA Premier Cricket: Wanneroo upsets Claremont Nedlands

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BOTTOM-of-the-table Wanneroo caused the biggest upset of the season, beating top-placed Claremont Nedlands in a WA Premier Cricket one-day match on Saturday.

After being sent in to bat by the Tigers, Wanneroo began its innings on fire, as Max Holden and Rob Richards blasted a 119-run opening partnership at Kingsway.

Holden was eventually dismissed for 59 at 1-119.

But Richards continued to smack the cover off the ball as he played an anchoring role for the Roos.

Partners came and went for Richards. Playing a lone hand with the bat, he helped to boost the Roos to 218 before being dismissed for a masterful 102 from 131 balls.

The Roos finished their innings with a defendable 7-222, as James Pike picked up 3-24 from his eight overs.

The Tigers confidence would have been sky-high, as chasing down 222 for their star-studded batting line-up against the bottom team should have been a breeze.

Everything was going according to plan at the start of the innings for the Tigers, sitting comfortable at 3-86.

A 58-run partnership between Bradley Hope and Cameron Steel pushed the Tigers to 4-144 following Hope’s removal, which is where the match became difficult for the ladder-leaders.

With six wickets in the shed and only 78 runs to chase, the Roos bowlers began to hit their spots and ask a few questions of the Tigers batsmen, all of whom got starts but could not go on and make a big score.

Wickets continued to fall dramatically as the Roos dared to dream, taking three wickets in the space of 38 runs to leave the Tigers floundering on 7-191. At 8-198, the Tigers found themselves desperate for runs, something they had not felt all season.

Christopher Simpson and Thomas May were feeling the pressure, as both men were run-out attempting to win the match for the Tigers.

However, it was not to be, as Bailey Nylander executed both run-outs to ensure Wanneroo was victorious.

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