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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

WA Premier Cricket Wrap - Round 13

Week two of Round 13 of WACA Premier Cricket is in the books, with the top of the table tightening up thanks to some boilover results.

The one day final was played at Lilac Hill on Sunday with Claremont-Nedlands continuing their dominance of the format, defeating Bayswater-Morley by 12 runs.

The Tigers batted first and posted a very competitive 4 for 272 from their 50 overs thanks to a late flurry of sixes from Nick Hobson, who made a phenomenal 122 not out from 73 deliveries.

In reply, strong efforts from Aaron Todd (66 from 62 balls), Jake Lewis (57 from 94 balls), and Ryleigh Cameron (51 from 49 balls) kept the Bears in the contest, but they fell just short at 260 all out, losing their final wicket with the last ball of the innings.

In the second week of two day fixtures on Saturday, South Perth took down ladder leaders Claremont-Nedlands by 77 runs at Cresswell Park, defending their score of 311 by bowling the Tigers out for 234 in 77.1 overs.

The hosts recovered from an early slump to 3 for 24 with a 144 run fourth wicket partnership between Alex Trimboli (78 from 128 balls) and Lochie Hardy (77 from 167 balls), but the visitors picked up 7 for 66 to end the chase as Eric Botha (4/51 from 19.1 overs) fired.

Willetton moved up to second position on the ladder with a two wicket win over Bayswater-Morley at Hillcrest Park.

Resuming at 2 for 9 in pursuit of the Bears’ score of 232, D’Arcy Short showed his class for the Dragons, making 117 from 158 deliveries, with Jonty Wilde (3/57 from 26 overs) putting in a big effort for the hosts.

Rockingham-Mandurah picked up a 90 run win over Midland-Guildford at Retravision Stadium, bowling the visitors out for 189 from 63.4 overs.

Captain Keaton Critchell (73 from 113 balls) was the only top order batter to stand up for the Black Ducks before some lower order partnerships added some respectability to their score, with Damien Burrage (3/24 from 11 overs) the best for the Mariners in a well-rounded bowling effort.

Fremantle comfortably defended last week’s monster score of 467 against Joondalup at Iluka Sports Complex, bowling the Centurions out for 224 to secure a 243 run victory.

State contracted quick Sam Greer grabbed 5 for 84 from 20 overs for the Port Boys, as Toby Albert (61 from 98 balls) top-scored for the Centurions.

University got over Perth’s effort of 318 with five wickets to spare at Fletcher Park, batting on to make 6 for 335 from 79.1 overs.

Import Ben Geedes led the way for the Students, making a magnificent 196 from 231 deliveries, with support from Tom Murray (73 from 108 balls) and Damien Sweet (47 from 84 balls).

Scarborough beat Subiaco-Floreat by 5 runs in a thriller at Floreat Park.

The hosts looked in good shape at 3 for 143 in pursuit of 204 with Ethan Chivers (101 from 224 balls) in fine touch, but young gun Cooper Connolly (4/30 from 18.4 overs) came up clutch again, demonstrating his all-round talents by grabbing the game’s final four wickets to leave the Lions all out for 199.

Gosnells picked up their first win of the season, defeating Wanneroo by 7 wickets at Kingsway Sports Ground.

An even spread of contributors helped the Hawks over Roos’ score of 187, with Luis Reece (53 from 99 balls), Daniel Smedley (47 from 121 balls), and skipper Anthony Collova (48* from 101 balls) all in the runs.

Melville wrapped an outright win over Mount Lawley with ten wickets in hand at Breckler Park.

The Hawks’ batters grinded hard in their second innings but were spun out by Brad Turner (5/53 from 30 overs) and Declan Power (4/26 from 21.5 overs), before openers Kiernan Coyne (32* from 32 balls) and Fraser Hay (28* from 39 balls) secured the extra points for the Storm.



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