A mixed bag for Mariners

Joe Sarsero, SOUND TELEGRAPHSound Telegraph

The ledger was squared for Rockingham-Mandurah's men's, boys' and girls' teams from last weekend's WA Premier Cricket play.

The Mariners won in seconds and thirds against University on Saturday as the firsts fell to a second straight loss.

At Lark Hill, Rockingham- Mandurah were defending their total of 176 and the Students put the hammer down.

Brendon Diamanti top-scored with 46 not out and took 3-43. Joel Marion also toiled away for 2-47.

University closed the match on 5-375.

Aaron Burrage provided the backbone of second grade's batting to get the points at James Oval.

Setting out after the home side's 234, the Mariners stayed the course as the right-handed all-rounder's 87 proved vital, coupled with spinner Ryan Done's 6-91 from day one.

Third grade pushed for maximum points at Lark Hill after securing first-innings points.

Wesley Steele scored 62 not out to go with last week's five-wicket bag, and captain Tony Coulson's 55 helped Rockingham-Mandurah to 5-224.

Playing with a 109-run lead, the bowlers strived for breakthroughs but Uni finished their second dig at 4-171.

Fourth grade made a good fist of warding off the Students from their first week total of 177. Two wickets each to Ronan Hogarth, Mitchell and Harry Steele kept the Maroons alive, but University hung on to get the win on 215.

Hogarth and Steele's morning was better as their efforts helped the under-15s to a tremendous win at MacDonald Park against Joondalup Centurions.

Despite making only 105, 2-9 from Mitchell Steele and a match-turning 5-19 from Jordan Clark secured the Mariners a 27-run triumph. Hogarth's made 36 as the visitors finished the second innings at 3-111.

The under-17s nearly made Centurions work to overtake their 120. Wesley Steele took three wickets to go with his senior haul, while Damien Burrage's second day netted 3-35 and 54 not out to finish the game in style.

Caitlin Crocetta blasted a 17-ball half century in a crushing win for the under-18s against Wembley Districts at Scotch College. Rockingham-Mandurah made 3-143, 54 to the good of the home side.

Crocetta's 52 included five fours and four sixes.

Wembley had revenge in the under-15s as they made 1-134 and kept Rockingham-Mandurah in check at 3-71.

This weekend sees the Mariners take on Claremont-Nedlands.

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