Cricket: Simmons and Smith get Mariners life membership

THE Rockingham-Mandurah presentation dinner rewarded some fine performances from 2016-17 last Friday night.

Craig Simmons and Josh Smith were awarded life membership after starting together at the club as Under 13s in 1995-96.

The two played in the first trailblazing A-grade teams of 2000-01 as teenagers, culminating in the drought-breaking premiership win last March.

Smith retired from first grade after the emotional triumph and scored over 4000 runs, sharing in two record twin century stands with his fellow inductee.

He has continued at the Mariners as vice-president and is still the games record holder with 158 first grade games.

Simmons has been synonymous with Rockingham-Mandurah in a career that saw him represent Western Australia, New South Wales, Perth Scorchers and Adelaide Strikers.

He sits alone as the highest run scorer on 6257 runs and has 192 wickets at first grade level, set to overtake Smith in Round 3 next season for games played.

Dane Ugle swept all the awards for a 2016-17 season that took him to the brink of higher honours after he secured a Perth Scorchers rookie deal.

Ugle took home his first club champion award and most valuable player of the year honour after topping the batting average with 671 runs at 39.47.

He pummelled two tons and three half centuries to back up a breakthrough season last year.

The Under 15s will host Scarborough in this weekend’s Watkins Shield semi-final after beating Joondalup.

The bowlers were superb after the Centurions won the toss and batted at Lark Hill.

Nathan Howell put the Centurions on the backfoot to finish with 3-23 from nine overs as Jamie Palmer took up the cudgels with 3-21.

The visitors fought out of 7-38 to post 132, but Jack Sears got Rockingham-Mandurah home with a nerveless 31 not out while Nathan Goodrick chimed in with 26 at the top of the order.