A CAREER best 6/44, including a hat-trick, from ex-New Zealand international Brendon Diamanti was the catalyst behind Rockingham-Mandurah’s big win over Claremont-Nedlands in round seven of WA Premier Cricket.
After the Mariners posted a modest 200 against the ladder leaders, Diamanti skittled the Tigers’ top order, taking 4-4 inside five overs late on the first day.
Among the ex-Mariners skipper’s wickets were Chris Brabazon, Stevie Eskinazi and Nick Hobson to complete a hat-trick across two overs.
Diamanti claimed a combination of challenging conditions and a negative mindset from the Tigers were the main reasons for his spectacular success.
Diamanti has been a big reason behind the rise of Rockingham-Mandurah this season, with the Mariners emerging from 15th last season to third midway through the competition.
Diamanti has now taken 16 wickets this season, rising to eighth on the wicket taker list.
Former state player Mark Atkinson has taken the reins as Mariners coach and has made an immediate impact with the young playing group.
Diamanti, also a former Mariners coach, believes developing the younger players is the main reason behind continuing to play, with his high performance programs a driving force at the club.
“I don’t have any personal goals for my own game at my age, I am still enjoying the game but working with our younger players with some elite programs has been great for me in a coaching point of view,” Diamanti said.
He believes success is certainly on the horizon for the young squad, who have cemented themselves as a premiership contenders.
“I know this club hasn’t experienced a lot of success recently so there is certainly motivation to do well in the next few years,” he said.
“To get to share that with some of the guys I have had a pretty big role with from a coaching standpoint is something that is quite satisfying.”
Diamanti is no stranger to success after a glittering first class career for Central Districts in New Zealand, before making his debut for the Black Caps in 2009 in the Chappell-Hadlee series.