Mariners captain Simmons puts brakes on Midland-Guildford

The Mariners reeled in Midland-Guildford after their strong start.
The Mariners reeled in Midland-Guildford after their strong start.

ROCKINGHAM-Mandurah has reason for optimism after the first day of round 14 in their Premier Cricket first-grade match against Midland-Guildford.

Craig Simmons led the way for the Mariners with the ball to pull back the visitors at Lark Hill after they got off to a flyer when they won the toss and batted.

Midland was ahead of the game after the openers put on 80 and were 1-122 before the Mariners’ captain intervened.

He claimed his ninth five-wicket haul, the most by a Mariner in first grade, taking the first three wickets en route to 6-62 from 26.2 overs. Kyle Gardiner ripped out the middle order to snare 3-96 from 27 overs as spin claimed nine of the 10 wickets, with Midland-Guildford dismissed for 260.

At stumps, Rockingham-Mandurah negotiated the last 13 overs of the day to be 0-26.

Tyler Robertson (16n.o.) and Mitch Green (8n.o.) will resume this Saturday and look to bat for as much of the first session.