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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

WA Premier Cricket Wrap - Round 14

The race for finals places in WACA Premier Cricket is heating up, with some big wins shaking up the ladder in Round 14.

Willetton replaced Claremont-Nedlands at the top of the table with a seven wicket win over the Tigers at Cresswell Park.

Resuming at 3 for 104, the Dragons passed the hosts’ score of 115 early in the day before getting up to 9 for 292 as the teams shook hands at tea, with Blair Walsh (95 from 192 balls) falling just short of a maiden first grade hundred.

Midland-Guildford shored up their finals place with a five wicket win over Subiaco-Floreat at Lilac Hill.

Chasing the Lions’ score of 208, captain Keaton Critchell was magnificent for the Black Ducks, with his 137 not out from 194 balls leading his charges to a score of 5 for 280 after they slipped into an early hole at 3 for 38.

Fremantle won comfortably over Mount Lawley at Stevens Reserve, with a 230 run first innings margin of victory for the Port Boys.

Jacob Headland (5/46 from 20 overs) was the pick of the bowlers as the Hawks could only manage 163 in response to the hosts’ massive score of 393, with the visitors avoiding an outright loss by surviving 43 second innings overs with five wickets to spare.

Joondalup took down Bayswater-Morley in a boilover at Hillcrest Reserve, winning by 104 runs.

The Bears resumed in a difficult position at 4 for 42 chasing the visitors’ score of 230 and could only manage 126, with Jamie Burgess (5/42 from 18 overs) and Joe Inglis (4/41 from 21 overs) running riot for the Centurions.

Perth beat Wanneroo with seven wickets in hand at Fletcher Park, but fell three wickets short of bowling the visitors out twice.

Jono Wells (84 from 94 balls) got the Demons over their target of 177 before some late hitting from Connor Blaxall-Hall (68* from 41 balls) upped the effort to 5dec for 326, with the visitors just clinging on as the game went into the last over.

Melville defeated Scarborough by four wickets at Abbett Park, but fell agonisingly short of an outright win.

After Kiernan Coyne (100 from 176 balls) ensured the Storm banked the first innings points, an exciting contest played out with both teams wanting maximum points to stay in touch with the top six, with the visitors’ score of 6 for 123 from 22 overs in their second innings just seven runs short of their target.

South Perth failed to get over University at James Oval, with the hosts winning by 20 runs.

Needing 330 to win, Rex Strickland (75 from 96 balls), George Ealham (57 from 103 balls) and Daniel Moore (44 from 56 balls) batted the visitors into a position of strength at 6 for 267 with the run rate in hand, but Jay Chislett (5/126 from 28.5 overs) spun a web to get the Students over the line.

Gosnells picked up their third win of the season, defeating Rockingham-Mandurah by 37 runs at Sutherlands Park.

Michael Dawson (3/42 from 14.2 overs) led the way for the Hawks as they reduced the Mariners to 9 for 116, but a 68 run last wicket stand coming mostly from the bat of Jay Collard (57 from 80 balls) caused some nerves.


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