Honours were split down the middle for Wanneroo over the weekend, with 1st Grade & 2nd Grade tasting sweet victory whilst 3rd Grade & 4th Grade choked down the bitter pill of defeat.
Juniors mirrored their slightly older counterparts, with 15s & 13s triumphing over Melville & Scarborough respectively, whilst 17s & 15s went down.
Banished to the field at Kingsway 1, 1st Grade toiled hard before breaking the Melville middle order to see them collapse from 1/89 to all out for 168. Wickets were shared between Chris “El Beardo” Quelch (2/39), Jack “Richie Benaud” Cattrall (2/22), Kyle “Funk” Millar (2/21) and Matt “Animal Scent” Spoors (2/31).
Despite losing Spoors & Rob “Keith” Richards early, Christian “Will” Smith (38) and Millar (34) steadied the ship before Skipper Travis “Where are my WDCC socks?” Birt steered the Roos to victory with an unbeated 60.
Melville won the toss at picturesque Tompkins Park and invited Wanneroo DCC to bat first. After losing both openers cheaply, the middle order made impressive contributions without entirely cashing in, with runs to Riley “Holly Riley” Holly (52), Chad “Schneaky” Hitchcock (34), Rob “Hally’s Twin” Fairchild (42) and Darcy “Fantasy Gold” Forssman (40*). The Roos finished at 7/212 from their 50 overs.
Melville made a steady start, but struggled to find answers to the ever-reliable Adam “Bradley Cooper” Smith (3/34) and the trio of spinners Forssman (2/36), Mike “H-” Ardagh (0/49) and Deon (Lando) Billington (1/21). Holly (2/31) was also impressive as was Jordan “Michael” Slattery returning bowling figures of 1/21 in his 2nd Grade debut. Under significant scoreboard pressure, Melville fell 9 runs short of their target to finish with 8/203.
The Magnificent Magees rolled Melville for just 122, thanks to a superb spell of 3/12 from the Blonde Birthday Bombshell John Walter. Walts was well supported by Josh “US Gov Shutdown” Quelch (2/15).
The struts turned to staggers as the Roos crashed out for just 101. A final dash by Tyler “Tattman” Ong (30) couldn’t save the day.
Winning the toss and batting first, Melville put on an intimidating 7/232 off their 45 overs. The pick of the Wanneroo bowling was undoubtedly Jared “The Rambler” Maunder with 5/46.
Unfortunately the young Roos couldn’t build upon a couple of starts, and were all out for 143. Tim “Marcus” Harris top scored with 34.
Our 17s won the toss and elected to field, restricting Melville to 7/94 off their 20 overs. Sharm “Bandana” Bandara was the pick of the bowlers with 2/13.
In reply, the Roos could only manage 6/82, with no batsman reaching 20 despite several starts.
Batting first at Tompkins Park, Connor “Spangers and Mash” Spangenberg shone with 60 off 58, ably supported by Jack “Ronaldo” Maraldo (33). The 15s posted 3/115 from their 20 overs.
In a nailbiting finish, Wanneroo restricted the hosts to 5/113, a victory of just two runs. Tom “The Pullmaster” Pullinger was the pick of the bowlers with 2/19.
On a glorious Sunday morning at Kingsway, our 14s won the toss and invited Scarborough to bat first. Wanneroo was well placed as Scarborough slumped to 7/119, but an 8th wicket partnership saw the visitors post 7/157. Adam “Huey” Lewis took 3/25.
In reply, the Roos fell short despite a steady 57 from Cody “Billy-C” Billington.
Banished to the field, our 13s restricted Scarborough to 3/164 off 40 overs, with reasonable figures from all 10 Wanneroo bowlers!
In reply, Wanneroo won off the last ball with Blake “Buddy 2” Holly taking control with 73 off 117.