DEFENDING champions Rockingham-Mandurah remain winless in the WA Premier Cricket season as small lapses cost them against Gosnells on the weekend.
The Mariners halved the seniors contest against the Hawks as second and third grade played complete games to close out in impressive fashion.
Rockingham-Mandurah batted first at Sutherlands Park in the first grade encounter and could total only 173.
The Mariners struck early trouble at 3-8 but Tyler Robertson held firm for 42 before Aaron Burrage (31) and Damien Burrage (30) pushed the score to something respectable.
Gosnells crept after the target but the Mariners were still a live chance at 5-136.
Kieran Bull claimed 2-32 but the Hawks made it to safety with five wickets and five overs to spare.
It was a similar story but roles reversed in second grade at Lark Hill as Adam France (4-30) and Daniel Abel (3-20) ran through Gosnells’ middle order to keep them at 9-174 after their 50-over allotment.
Openers Brandon Burt (60) and Vincent Poller (49) did well for the Mariners who cruised home with six wickets and six overs left at 4-175.
Third grade chalked up an impressive 109-run win at Sutherlands Park as the batsmen got busy to reach 7-283.
Matthew Edwards (56) provided the cream on the cake made by Kevin Dubicki (50), Phil Scott (46), Brennan Gillam (44) and Matthew Lyons (42).
Gosnells were cut off at 174 by wily left-arm orthodox spinner Chris Phelps, who claimed 6-29 in a superb day for the Mariners.
Sean Guppy’s century was not enough in an entertaining fourth grade fixture, with Gosnells winning by three wickets at Lark Hill.
The former first-grader blasted 103 with eight boundaries and four sixes in Rockingham-Mandurah’s 238.
Captain Lewis Pitts snared 3-57 but the Hawks reached 7-240 with 15 balls remaining.
The women’s teams both lost, as the Mariners fell to Wembley Districts in Saturday’s under-18s match and lost by 49 runs in B-Grade on Sunday.
The juniors, like the seniors, split their matches as Wanneroo won by two wickets in the under-17s while U15s Nathan Goodrick (92 not out) and Christiaan Trichardt’s (72) blistering 174-run second-wicket stand propelled Rockingham-Mandurah to 4-235 from just 30 overs culminating, in a 133-run victory.
The under-13s got the better of Fremantle by 12 runs on Sunday, while the under-14s were outplayed by the Port Boys in the season opener for both age groups.
The grand final replay takes place this weekend when Fremantle makes its way down the road to battle the Mariners. Play starts at 11.30am in the first grade at Lark Hill, while on Sunday Midland-Guildford makes its way across to do battle in the women’s B Grade and men’s colts.