WA Premier Cricket Wrap - Round 11
WACA Premier Cricket had an exciting Saturday in the last round of regular season 50 over fixtures, with nearly every game having one day finals implications.
Bayswater-Morley went through atop the ladder after a 6 wicket win over Scarborough at Abbett Park, with Josh Mason (70 from 106 balls) and Jonny Bushnell (57 from 59 balls) in the runs as the Gulls made 4 for 237 after batting first.
With their finals berth potentially on the line, Lane Berry (68 from 94 balls) anchored the reply before Cameron Todd (44* from 34 balls) and Kyle Wiggers (16* from 10 balls) came up clutch late, winning the game for the Bears with an over to spare.
Claremont-Nedlands sealed their place with a 173 run win over Wanneroo at Cresswell Park, with Lochie Hardy (88 from 106 balls) and Harry Crane (72 from 103 balls) stepping up as the Tigers posted 6 for 271 in the first innings.
Cam Steel then ensured the Roos never got a sniff, grabbing 5 for 17 from his 8.1 overs as they folded for 98.
Midland-Guildford secured their spot with a 15 run win over University at Lilac Hill, with the Black Ducks in trouble at 5 for 68 in the 27th over before Ben Brehaut (76* from 66 balls) led them to a defendable score of 192.
In response, the Students looked to have the situation under control at 2 for 95, but some Justin Kandiah (4/28 from 9.2 overs) brilliance left them all out for 177.
Willetton romped into the final four with a nine wicket win over Mount Lawley at Burrendah Park, with gun quicks Matt Hanna (3/24 from 10 overs) and Ben Gibbon (3/34 from 8 overs) showing their class as the Hawks were bundled out for 142, with Ben Dale (53 from 94 balls) top scoring.
The in-form Kallen Bond wasted no time in the chase, smacking seven sixes in his innings of 91 from 51 deliveries, helping the Dragons run down the target after just 17.3 overs.
Melville knocked Fremantle out of finals contention with a 61 run win at Stevens Reserve, with the Storm’s gun batter Fraser Hay the star after winning the toss and electing to bat, making 132 from 147 balls at the top of the order as they managed 9 for 232.
Brad Turner (3/50 from 10 overs), Mark Turner (2/13 from 6 overs) and Sean Terry (2/29 from 6 overs) did the job with the ball as the Port Boys were rounded out for 171, with captain Chris Davenport (61 from 101 balls) top scoring.
South Perth couldn’t quite squeeze in despite beating Gosnells by 8 wickets at Richardson Park, with the visitors putting 220 on the board first up as import Luis Reece (88 from 139 balls) continued some good form.
The hosts mowed down the Hawks’ score with 63 balls to spare, with Reece’s Derbyshire teammate Brooke Guest showing his quality with 140 not out from 112 balls.
Although their finals hopes were more remote, Perth and Subiaco-Floreat played out an entertaining contest at Fletcher Park, with the hosts score of 184 in the first innings, underpinned by Connor Blaxall-Hill’s 82 from 113 balls, enough to secure a 107 run victory.
Ethan Petta (48 from 76 balls) was the sole Lions batter in double figures as they could only manage 77 in the chase, with Blaxall-Hill (4/11 from 9 overs) backing up his batting work with the ball.
Joondalup’s powerful batting lineup fired again as they beat Rockingham-Mandurah by 161 runs at Iluka Sports Complex, with Daniel Berry (83* from 80 balls) and skipper Jaron Morgan (53 from 50 balls) in the runs as the hosts put on 6 for 293.
The Mariners slipped to 4 for 32 in reply and couldn’t recover from there, ending up all out for 132 as seven individual bowlers claimed wickets for the Centurions, with Jamie Burgess (3/22 from 10 overs) leading the charge.
The one day preliminary finals will be played on Sunday, with Bayswater-Morley hosting Willetton at Hillcrest Park while Claremont-Nedlands take on Midland-Guildford at Cresswell Park.