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WA Premier Cricket Wrap - Round 10

Josh Kempton

WA Premier Cricket resumed after the Christmas break with a suite of one day fixtures featuring some intriguing results and tight finishes.

Ladder-leaders Claremont Nedlands suffered their first loss of the season, being thumped by Subiaco-Floreat by 8 wickets at Floreat Park.

With gun batters Nick Hobson and Steven Eskinazi on Scorchers duties, the Tigers could only manage 177 after batting first, with Connor Moldrich (4/31 from 10 overs) the pick of the bowlers for the Lions.

In reply, captain Geremy Fatourous nearly ran down the target himself, finishing 127 not out from 89 deliveries as the hosts romped home with nearly 20 overs to spare.

Midland-Guildford beat Wanneroo by 1 wicket in a heart-stopper at Kingsway Sports Ground, kicking off with the Roos making 212 in the first innings as Australian under-19’s selection and first grade debutant Josh Vernon (3/38 from 8.4 overs) was the best with the ball for the visitors.

The Black Ducks looked gone for all money at 9 for 145 before an unbroken 70 run last wicket stand between Max Bittner (63* from 75 balls) and Justin Kandiah (23* from 47 balls) got them over the line.

Willetton beat Rockingham-Mandurah by 68 runs at Retravision Stadium, with the Dragons’ score of 6 for 291 underpinned by hundreds for openers Iszak Milentis (108 from 137 balls) and Kallen Bond (105 from 101 balls).

Young guns Teague Wyllie (72 from 83 balls) and Corey Wasley (53 from 64 balls) had the Mariners in good shape at 1 for 136 in the 28th over, but Waheguru Dhillon (4/50 from 10 overs) picked up both to stall the momentum as they finished at 9 for 223.

Bayswater-Morley beat Perth by 88 runs at Hillcrest Park, with an even spread of contributors led by Ryleigh Cameron (65 from 81 balls) supporting the Bears’ effort of 7 for 244.

Sam Fanning (78* from 104 balls) carried his bat in the chase but lacked support as the Demons ended up all out for 156, with veteran Liam O’Connor (5/36 from 9.2 overs) spinning a web around the visitors.

Melville won over South Perth by 3 wickets in a low-scorer at Tompkins Park, with all of the visitors’ top eight in double figures but none kicking on as they were bowled out for 159, with Brad Turner (4/35 from 7 overs) and Sean Terry (3/17 from 7.1 overs) in the wickets for the Storm.

A 94 run third wicket stand between Terry (64 from 111 balls) and Tom Cullen (36 from 76 balls) looked to have the hosts cruising home, but a late collapse of 5 for 32 caused some nerves, with the tail eventually getting the job done.

University beat Scarborough by 8 runs in a thriller at James Oval, with the Students having Benedict Geedes (99 from 126 balls) to thank for supporting their score of 179.

Jonny Bushnell (53 from 79 balls) and Josh Mason (50 from 95 balls) made starts but lacked support as too much was left to the tail for the Gulls as they ended up all out for 171.

Fremantle got the job done over Gosnells by 85 runs at Sutherlands Park, posting 4 for 264 after batting first with Bayley Holman (97 from 110 balls), Michael Ferreira (68 from 74 balls) and Dan Kennedy (52* from 59 balls) all in the runs.

The hosts lacked a big score in response as they finished all out for 179, with Michael Dawson (38* from 46 balls) top scoring as Port Boys Sam Greer (3/18 from 7 overs) and Kaiden Cookson (3/27 from 10 overs) made the going tough.

Joondalup made the weekend’s biggest score in their 125 run win over Mount Lawley at Breckler Park, with Kai Orr (103* from 107 balls) and Toby Albert (78 from 60 balls) firing in their effort of 3 for 324 before some late hitting from skipper Jaron Morgan (27* from 10 balls) further lifted the target.

The Hawks finished well short as they were bowled out for 199, but young batters Tyrone Virgo (50 from 59 balls) and Elijah Ward-Armstrong (48 from 33 balls) showed good signs.

IMAGE: Willetton CC

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