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WA Premier Cricket Wrap

Week 2 of Round 8 of WACA Premier Cricket saw some interesting results, with gaps in the ladder starting to open up.

Claremont-Nedlands held their position at the top of the table, defeating Scarborough by 34 runs at Abbett Park.

The Gulls looked in good shape at 2 for 120 in pursuit of the Tigers’ score of 303, with WA U19’s call-up George Pullinger (56 from 111 balls) in good touch, but a brilliant spell from Cam Steel saw them fold for 269, with the leg-spinner grabbing 6 for 70 from his 23 overs.

Bayswater-Morely stunned Midland-Guildford at Lilac Hill, with the Bears getting over their target of 315 with four wickets and 37 balls to spare.

The chase was built on an even spread of contributions, with Mitchell Todd (67 from 97 balls), Connor Dimech (58 from 70 balls), Cameron Todd (55* from 87 balls), and Lane Berry (52 from 102 balls) all raising the bat.

Rockingham-Mandurah never seriously threatened Fremantle’s massive score of 414 at Retravision Stadium, finishing at 5 for 287 from their 90 overs.

Young gun Corey Wasley warmed up for the under 19’s carnival with 99 from 154 deliveries before edging Kaiden Cookson (3/105 from 32 overs) to Shaun Marsh at slip, with the veteran making his return to cricket after missing the first half of the state season due to calf and knee injuries.

After dropping first innings points last week, Willetton looked in serious danger of an outright loss to Perth at Burrendah Park, slipping to 4 for 17 in their second innings.

Blair Walsh (83* from 139 balls) ensured disaster was averted before the Dragons declared at 8 for 177, with Perth comfortably seeing off the attempted reverse outright, batting out 13 second innings overs while making 2 for 45.

Joondalup got over by Melville by five runs in a thriller at Tompkins Park, with the Storm looking gone for all money at 9 for 153 chasing 192 before a 34 run 9th wicket partnership created an exciting finish, with the game ending in a run out.

Lachlan Farrow top scored with 63 from 179 balls for the hosts as Joe Inglis put in a mountain of work for the Centurions, bowling 32 overs and being rewarded with figures of 6 for 59.

Subiaco-Floreat defeated South Perth at Floreat Park, with the Lions tracking down the visitors' score for the loss of 5 wickets.

Jayden Goodwin fell just short of his second hundred of the season, making 98 from 220 deliveries, as Michael Hart (50* from 96 balls) backed up four wickets on day one with some runs.

A see-sawing contest at James Oval saw Wanneroo beat University by 16 runs in the first innings before some hectic second innings shenanigans.

After resuming at 4 for 13 in pursuit of the Roos’ score of 197, Tom Murray (68 from 154 balls) and Viv Paver (64 from 79 balls) led a recovery to 4 for 126, but the dismissals of the set batters triggered a collapse to all out for 181, with Lachlan Poulter adding two wickets to his three on day one to give him 5 for 68 from 16.3 overs.

With plenty of time left in the game, the winners batted again, getting to 5 for 77 from 35 overs before the most audacious attempt at an outright bore some fruit, with the Students being reduced to 2 for 7 in two second innings overs.

Mount Lawley got their first win of the season in the battle of the Hawks at Breckler Park, beating Gosnells with four wickets to spare.

Muhammad Ashfaq top scored for the hosts with 50 from 70 deliveries as English import Luis Reece (4/56 from 30 overs) gave his all with the ball for the visitors.

IMAGE: WA Cricket.


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