Mariners to next stage
Rockingham-Mandurah’s junior sides recorded great first week finals victories to progress to the last four of the WA Cricket Association competition.
The number two-ranked under-15s earned another home final after winning at Lark Hill, while under-17s ensured their tightrope walk will last another week after defeating Gosnells by 11 runs.
The under-17s batted first at Sutherlands Park and stumbled from 1-76 to 5-97.
Aaron Burrage top-scored with 45 and Vincent Poller made 30 in a 71-run secondwicket stand, but Levi Muller’s 37 and Leon Coombs’ rapidfire 34 gave the Mariners a competitive 196.
There were some nervous moments in the 60-over match, despite Gosnells being reduced to 4-26 and then 7-110.
Lachlan Pratt wrecking balled through the Hawks top order with 4-46 while Jordan Brokate and Coombs took two wickets apiece to dismiss the home side for 185.
The Mariners now travel to Iluka to meet the minor premiers Joondalup as some of the junior members of the team will draw on their under-15 premiership win of last season.
This year’s under-15 side have spent most of the season inside the top six but had some heart-in-the-mouth moments belying a 51-run winning margin against Centurions, Joondalup’s additional entry into the league.
Danial Sudden (26) and Zachary Moody (25) paired for a last gasp stand of 52 to push the score critically to 148.
Earlier, Patrick Italiano and Joel Humble struck 25 apiece while wickets tumbled.
Griffin Polglaze (3-9) and Joshua Alsop (3-13) were economical and struck at the end of the bowling order to make good the set up work of the boys before them, who kept the clamps on the Centurions batsmen, rolling them for 97.
The Mariners stay at Lark Hill on Saturday for a matchup against Perth, the thirdranked side, with all under-15 finals going according to the seedings.
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