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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

WA Premier Cricket Wrap - Round 12, Day 1

A scorching weekend saw some hot WACA Premier Cricket action, with a return to two day fixtures on Saturday and one day semi finals on Sunday.

Claremont-Nedlands’ batting lineup fired against University at James Oval, putting 8 for 310 on the board from their 90 overs.

Lochie Hardy was the star of the show for the Tigers with 122 from 207 balls, with Ollie Dabinett-Jays (50 from 59 balls), Cam Steel (35 from 52 balls), and Rufus Zampatti (33 from 121 balls) all pitching in.

Midland-Guildford made a strong start against Fremantle at Stevens Reserve, posting 9 for 310 from their 90 overs.

The innings was underpinned by a 173 run third wicket partnership between Keaton Critchell (117 from 210 balls) and James Godfrey (88 from 113 balls), with Kaiden Cookson (4/115 from 32 overs) fighting hard for the Port Boys.

Bayswater-Morley put Wanneroo to the sword at Kingsway Sports Ground, with the Bears posting 7 for 327 from their 90 overs as Lane Berry (69 from 92 balls) and Ryleigh Cameron (63 from 47 balls) lead the charge.

Veteran Chris Sabburg got through a power of work for the hosts, picking up 4 for 73 from his 33 overs of off spin.

Willetton and Subiaco-Floreat played out an intriguing first day at Burrendah Park, with the Lions sitting at 5 for 56 in response to the Dragons’ score of 163.

Iszak Milentis (53 from 153 balls) top scored for the hosts in the first innings as several batters failed to capitalise on starts, with Chris Hansberry (4/35 from 19 overs) the best of the bowlers, before Luke Holt (2/12 from 6 overs) and Matt Hanna (2/23 from 5 overs) made life difficult for the visitors in the last session.

Joondalup had Kai Orr to thank for keeping them in the contest against South Perth at Richardson Park, with the young gun’s magnificent 146 from 188 deliveries shepherding the Centurions through to 272 from 80.4 overs, as veteran Cameron Gannon (5/45 from 16.4 overs) and all-rounder Eric Botha (4/53 from 14 overs) bowled the house down.

The hosts negotiated 7 overs before stumps, getting through on none for 26.

Scarborough had a dominant day against Mount Lawley at Abbett Park, putting 7 for 333 from 73.4 overs on the board after batting first, with Jacob Johnston (69 from 70 balls) and Josh Mason (64 from 94 balls) leading an even spread of contributors.

The Gulls declared their innings closed early to get 13 overs in at the Hawks, which worked a treat as they reduced them to 2 for 26.

Rockingham-Mandurah have some work to do in their clash with Melville at Tompkins Park, with star batter Teague Wyllie (60 from 178 balls) lacking support as the Mariners posted a score of 142 from their 78 overs.

The Storm negotiated 10 overs before stumps without loss, sitting at none for 17.

Gosnells came up against Perth at Sutherlands Park, with Luis Reece (72 from 200 balls) the star as the Hawks managed 187 from 76.5 overs.

The hosts had 11 overs at the visitors before stumps and managed to get the wicket of gun opener Sam Fanning without scoring, before the Demons got through without further damage to sit at 1 for 14 at the close of play.

In the one day semi finals, Claremont-Nedlands won by 81 runs over Midland-Guildford at Cresswell Park, with the in-form Hardy (60 from 109 balls) top-scoring in the Tigers’ effort of 8 for 236 from their 50 overs.

Liam Haskett ensured the Black Ducks never got a sniff in the chase as they were bowled out for 155 from 39.5 overs, with his 4 for 37 from 10 overs including the critical wicket of Tom Beaton (59 from 98 balls).

Bayswater-Morley romped their way into the final with a thumping 10 wicket win over Willetton at Hillcrest Reserve, with the Bears routing the Dragons for just 50 as Jonty Wilde (4/5 from 3.3 overs) and Ashley Jeffrey (4/23 from 7 overs) ran riot, before tracking down the target just 22 balls into the chase.



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