Rockingham-Mandurah drop season opener despite brave unbeaten knock from Burt
An unbeaten 75 from Brandon Burt wasn’t enough to help Rockingham-Mandurah as Fremantle comfortably chased down the Mariners’ competitive total in their Premier Cricket opener on Saturday.
Jake Carder’s decision to send the Mariners into bat at Stevens Reserve paid off immediately with opening paceman Tim Miles removing three of the visitor’s top four in quick succession.
Opener Vincent Poller was caught behind by former Mariner Brayden Sutton, Aaron Burrage followed in identical fashion soon after and Damien Burrage fell the very next ball for a golden duck after Miles rattled his off stump.
New skipper Tyler Robinson looked in solid form but was left ruing a quick single after pushing a ball to mid off and taking on Carder, whose backhanded throw at the stumps clipped the bails with the Mariners’ opener short of his ground and his team reeling at 4-33.
Burt joined Brandon Jacobs in the middle and the pair steadied the ship somewhat, adding 25 to the total, before Jacobs popped up a chance to cover that was comfortably snaffled by Matthew Micale to give Jarryd McPhee his first wicket and saw Jacobs walk for 22.
Callum Austen struck the ball sweetly and looked in good knick during his 28-ball innings of 20 before he chipped a catch to Bayley Holman at mid on off Josh Chojnowski, but he’d helped push the total to 100 by the time he departed.
Burt continued to hold the innings together at the other end, favouring the mid wicket region as he struck eight boundaries, including a six, on his way to a 112-ball 75 not out, combining with Aaron France in a 72-run seventh wicket stand.
France was Miles’ fourth victim (4/24) when he was bowled for 38, and a cameo 11 off nine balls from Craig Simmons saw the Mariners end their 50 overs at 7/198.
It looked a competitive total given the blustery and often overcast conditions, but WA wicketkeeper and former Mariner Sam Whiteman made short shrift of his former teammates on his way to an unbeaten 90 from just 115 balls as the port club chased down the runs with four-and-a-half overs remaining for the loss of just three wickets.
Leon Coombs was the pick of the bowlers for Rockingham-Mandurah, dismissing Carder early for 13 on his way to 1/33 from nine overs, with Simmons and Damien Burrage also claiming the scalps of Holman and Daniel Kennedy respectively.
Fremantle’s chase was also aided by 18 wides bowled by the Mariners, which accounted for all but one of the 19 extras conceded compared to Fremantle giving up just five.
The Mariners play their first home fixture of the season on Saturday against Gosnells, who fell to Mt Lawley in a shortened contest at Sutherlands Park.
The game starts at 10.30am at Lark Hill.
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