Mariners feel heat of defeats

Only the previously winless second grade side could stop a Mt Lawley Round 11 WACA league sweep, while the colts bowed out of the competition with a six-wicket loss to Fremantle.

The first grade bowled first at Breckler Park and Mt Lawley measured their way to 6/237. The fielders stayed sharp with three run-outs and Chris Loveridge kept the Hawks in check late in the innings with 2/43.

Just as they did for the Perth Scorchers two days earlier, Craig Simmons and Sam Whiteman propelled the innings to have the Mariners sailing at 2/155.

Mt Lawley’s Paul Davis, a former Western Warrior, removed Simmons for 50 in a hat-trick to turn the see-sawing contest back in his team’s direction.

The Mariners fell for 219 despite Jacob Rodgers (29) showing admirable fight for the second week in a row with bat and ball.

The 18-run loss is the team’s third in a row since Christmas and, now two games away from the six, will need to win all four games left as well as hoping for some luck on the way home.

The seconds broke through in style by smashing Mt Lawley to the tune of 115 runs at Lark Hill. The home team’s 5/234 came about by healthy contributions from Callum Austen (84) and prodigal son Ben Wright (74).

The Hawks were extinguished for 119 as Elliot Lyons took 3/12 and Aaron Burrage 2/9 in a glimpse of the young team’s upside.

Mt Lawley took the Mariners’ spot inside the third grade top six by cruising away with the 10 points courtesy of an eight-wicket thumping.

The fourths came out on the wrong end of a tight affair with Mt Lawley’s 9/202 just seven runs to the good of the Mariners.

The colts’ elimination final against Fremantle at Lark Hill the following day started positively with captain John Murphy (46 from 45), Elliot Lyons (39) and Jake Eardley-Wilmot (29) getting going at the top of the order.

The innings petered out at 9/206 but the Mariners had the Port on the back foot in their chase to be 4/64. Young Scorcher Ashton Turner, still eligible for colts, turned it on to carry Fremantle with 144 not out.

Despite the Under 17s’ 16-run loss, it wasn’t all glum faces for the Mariners as the Under 15s can thank Patrick Italiano’s third half century for their seventh win of the season in the 30-over contest.