WA Premier Cricket Wrap - Round Two
An extremely competitive start to the WA Premier Cricket season has seen six sides make 2-0 starts, while the same number of teams are waiting for their first win.
Last year’s minor premiers Willetton have made an early move to the top of the ladder on the back of their seven-wicket win over Joondalup at Burrendah Park.
Luke Holt (4/47 from 10 overs) led the way with the ball as the Centurions’ powerful batting lineup was restricted to a tally of 213, before Blair Walsh (95* from 106 balls) and Shayne Wornes (52* from 62 balls) helped the Dragons recover from an early wobble and get over the line with 47 balls to spare.
Midland-Guildford maintained their spotless start, condemning Claremont-Nedlands to a 0-2 record in a six-wicket victory at Lilac Hill.
Captain Jacob Whiteaker (63 from 124 balls) battled hard but lacked support as the Tigers could only manage a score of 9 for 189, which the Black Ducks took care of inside 34 overs as Tom Beaton (73* from 85 balls) showed his quality.
Bayswater-Morley again showed their intent with a crushing eight-wicket defeat of South Perth at Hillcrest Park.
Spinners Cameron Todd (3/8 from 6 overs) and Liam O’Connor (2/26 from 10 overs) were the standouts with the ball as the visitors were bowled out for 105, before Callum Wiggers (41 from 43 balls) and Lane Berry (30* from 10 balls) made short work of the chase, seeing the Bears over the line with more than 32 overs to spare.
Scarborough’s strong start to the season continued with an 88-run victory over Subiaco-Floreat at Abbett Park.
A solid effort at the top of the order from Alex Chew (70 from 112 balls) and some late fireworks from captain Andrew Tye (52 from 27 balls) helped the Gulls to a tally of 6 for 269 before Alex Osborne (5/40 from 9 overs) took care of business in the chase, limiting the Lions to only 181.
Rockingham-Mandurah had the biggest win of the weekend, smashing Melville by 167 runs at Retravision Stadium.
Jay Collard (102 from 128 balls) and Corey Wasley (79 from 55 balls) helped the Mariners to a strong score of 5 for 304, before a well-rounded bowling effort saw the Storm’s effort end at 137 with captain Fraser Hay (34 from 49 balls) making the only score of note.
Perth prevailed over University by four wickets in a last-over thriller at James Oval.
Two of the competition’s gun batters were in fine form with Will Bosistio (90 from 99 balls) leading the Students to a score of 6 for 240 before Jonathan Wells (104 from 101 balls) got the Demons within touching distance of a win, with Connor Blaxall-Hill finishing the job by scoring the five runs required from the last over in four balls.
Fremantle prevailed over Mount Lawley by 10 runs at Breckler Park despite a late scare.
Douwtjie Hoogenboezem (79 from 74 balls) fired again as the Port Boys posted a score of 9 for 237, before the late efforts of Michael French (50* from 47 balls) and Tyrone Virgo (41 from 57 balls) got the Hawks agonisingly close on 227.
Gosnells got their first win of the season, beating Wanneroo by three wickets at Sutherlands Park.
A well-rounded effort got the Hawks over the line with Curtis Holmes (3/28 from 8 overs) the most prominent of four multiple wicket-takers as they limited the Roos to 169 and Luke McNamee (43 from 102 balls) the best of six batters in double figures as they finished the chase with 40 balls in hand.