Our Seniors started their season with a whimper rather than a bang against University yesterday, losing all four games to claim the dreaded “Brown Roo”.
1st & 2nd Grade will be looking for redemption vs. Rockingham-Mandurah today, whilst our 17s & 15s are evenly poised heading into Day 2 or their 1st round clash vs. the Centurions.
Round 1 vs. University
The Roos top order skipped along to 1/92 with Rob “Cho-Man” Richards looking spritely for 42, but unfortunately the boys couldn’t get out of 2nd gear and failed to convert seven double-digit scores into anything more than a 27 from Mitch “Bobby” McGee.
In reply, University were methodical, chasing down the runs with just two wickets down and nine over remaining as Will Bosisto (53) supported a rampant Chris Sabburg (88). Jack Cattrall (1/24) was the pick of the bowlers.
The Magoos bowled first against a University lineup that looked suspiciously like a Wanneroo 2nd Grade lineup from previous seasons. University posted a modest total of 6/176 off their 50 overs, with Adam “Uncommon Surname” Smith looking dangerous with 2/14 off nine overs.
In reply, Callum “Rugless” Douglas batted deep for 62, but despite some support from Graeme “Gra Gra” Atkinson (21) and a sneaky 20 from John “Minister for Fantasy” Walter the 2s fell short by 45 runs.
Play was delayed at UWA Sports Park East due to an uncovered pitch, which a random passer-by with no affiliation with either team or cricket whatsoever described as “the worst pitch they’d ever seen”.
The Magees won the toss and Josh “Quarrell” Quelch immediately began extracting divots out of the pitch with each delivery, the size normally only seen on the golf course when Allan “Hacker” Hall is playing. Q took four wickets in a dangerous spell which looked like Uni might struggle to make double digits. A solid 60 run partnership by Joshua Thorneycroft and Oscar Charleworth (the only partnership above 25 in the game) took Uni to 138. Tyler “The Janitor” Ong took three wickets at the death.
In reply, The Roos bravely battled a pitch with approximately 244 divots of 5cm depth or more, but despite some bravery from the Slattery boys Jordan & Mitch, and some late hitting from Reece “Witherspoon” Gerrand and Josh Quelch the Roos were dismissed for 74.
The Al Gores batted first and despite a shaky start the ship was steadied by new skipper Jacob “Bon-Jovi” Bonner (28), Conal “Welcome Back” Lynch (33) and Jack “J-Mac” McDonald (34). Once these three departed however, the ship was unsteadied again as the Roos were dismissed for 129.
In reply, the Students showed no mercy as they hammered the runs in just 20 overs with only one wicket down. Ouch.
For full results, check MyCricket or visit our University Match Centre here: www.wanneroodcc.com.au/match-centre-wdcc-vs-university/