WACA Premier Cricket: Rockingham-Mandurah slumps to back-to-back losses

WACA Premier Cricket: Rockingham-Mandurah slumps to back-to-back losses

NARROW losses were the result of the first weekend of play for the WACA Premier Cricket reigning premiers Rockingham-Mandurah.

The Mariners found life as the hunted not so easy as they lost by 23 runs to Wanneroo on Saturday and by three wickets to Claremont-Redlands on Sunday.

The first grade side were set on its heels by a late injury withdrawal from reigning Olly Cooley medalist Brendon Diamanti as they debuted three youngsters in Damien Burrage, Kieran Bull and Joel Humble.

At Kingsway, Wanneroo were sent in by Craig Simmons, who led the way with the ball to take 2-45 in the home side’s 6-204.

Mitch Green stroked seven boundaries in his 73 from 87 balls at the top of the order to kick-start the reply.

However, when Dane Ugle (36), Simmons (25) and Green were gone, the young middle order could not keep pace, falling for 181.

At Lark Hill on Sunday, the skipper made a further impression as he top-scored with 62 off 73 deliveries against the Tigers.

Along with Simmons’ effort, the Mariners batting improved as Tyler Robertson (32), Green (30) and Aaron Burrage (27) helped the cause to set Claremont-Nedlands 8-203.

A fine weekend was completed by Simmons as he took 2-28 from 10 overs with assistance from Aaron Burrage’s 2-42, to reduce the visitors to 6-95.

With time in hand though, the 50 over league conquerors of the Mariners, stalked down the target in nerveless fashion.

Next week the Mariners face Gosnells at Sutherlands Park on Saturday.