Mariners claim win
Rockingham-Mandurah put in a complete performance to defeat Wanneroo by 102 runs in round 7 of Western Australian Premier Cricket at Lark Hill.
After posting 299 on day one, the Mariners removed the Roos batsmen piece by piece to register their third win of the 2017-18 season.
Pacemen Joel Marion and Jordan Clark snared three wickets each, feeding wicketkeeper Kane Standing four catches and in the process dismissing Wanneroo for 197.
Left-armer Marion returned after a week in the seconds with a vengeance by picking up 3-13 from 12.4 overs, including five maidens.
Clark, a WA under-17 representative earlier in the season, claimed 3-44 from 15 overs after contributing 35 with the bat to underline his raw ability.
Rockingham-Mandurah host sixth placed Melville this week in a crucial match if the club has designs on being a part of the March finals action, having climbed to 10th on the back of the victory over the Roos.
A half-century to Callum Austen put paid to Wanneroo’s hopes of outright points in the second grade at Kingsway.
Wanneroo declared at 6-260, 110 runs ahead of the visitors, with Tyler Robertson taking 3-49.
The Mariners negotiated 39 second-innings overs to overhaul the lead at 3-111, courtesy of Austen’s 51, as play was called off early with no chance of extra points.
Third and fourth grades could not stop Wanneroo from taking the maximum result, however, being bundled out twice.
Anthony Brokate wheeled away for 3-58 from 20 overs as the Roos’ thirds made 8-232, a lead on the first innings of 111.
Shaune Guppy played a lone hand in the second dig with 65 not out as Rockingham-Mandurah were bowled out for 147. Wanneroo polished off the required runs in eight overs as Brokate claimed the lone wicket.
Close losses came in the junior matches as the Mariners persisted in trying to defend small totals, but in vain.
Kai Harrison bowled nine overs for his 3-23 and fellow opener Ronan Hogarth took 2-20 after scoring 33 in the first week, but the Roos passed Rockingham-Mandurah’s total of 9-134 with five wickets to spare.
The under-15s pushed Wanneroo all the way before they overtook the Mariners’ first innings of 142.
Rhett Bazzo and Corey Wasley both finished with 3-23 as the Roos lost seven wickets before claiming the win.
Aside from meeting the Storm on Saturday at Lark Hill, Rockingham-Mandurah’s next important match will be the colts’ push to make the January 28 final by seeing off Mt Lawley at Breckler Park on Sunday before an afternoon clash against the winner of the Gosnells-University match.
Other Sunday matches see the under-13 and under-14 boys tackle Perth at Fletcher Park and the female B-grade team welcome South Perth at Lark Hill, after winning on forfeit last week against University.
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