Wanneroo 5/186 (Holly 85, Billington 51) def. Claremont-Nedlands 9/145 (Carroll 3/25, Stumpers 2/22)
The Roo colts rocked up to Kingsway on Sunday morning after an eventful 21st ready to continue the winning streak. After winning the toss and choosing to bat a huge feeling of relief came from Darcy Forssman who wasn’t sure on which ball to pick yet. A decent start and platform to the innings led Riley “goggles” Holly target the spinner in the 4th over, taking him for 16 which started the acceleration for the rest of the innings. At 2 down Deon “chief” Billington joined Riley at the crease and these two experienced Colts players led the way for the majority of the innings, forming a strong 102 run partnership. Riley’s 85 and Deons 51 were crucial to the side posting a competitive total of 186.
Claremont-Nedlands batted well but the total was far too big to chase. With the assistance of Matthew ‘Maff’ Carroll’s three wickets with left arm darts, two from Hayden Stumper’s right arm trajectory darts and with a direct hit runout from Darcy ‘what day of the week is it?’ Forssman Wanneroo were able to take the game and entertain the arriving Ladies Day crowd.
Wanneroo 1/156 (Sabburg 101*, Richards 45) def. Claremont-Nedlands 8/151 (Eaton 2/28, Richards 2/33)
With a strong start to the day thanks to the Colts young roos (joeys?), the Premier Roos team (mob?) were set to continue the entertainment for the Ladies Day festivities. Prosecco was flowing, parents, supporters, wives and partners were laughing and a certain yellow strip of cloth was formally unveiled (curtesy our own Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts).
On a pretty goof T20 wicket the Roos bowled first. Bailey Richard’s got us off to a great start by getting Perth Scorcher Nick Hobson out for a duck. The Roos kept persisting with pressure but opening batter Gollan found a way to hit a boundary every over in the first six. A very good piece of fielding by Micheal ‘Mooga’ O’Day saw the roos get the wicket they needed. A few overs later Rob Richards found the batsmen short of his ground with a direct hit from the boundary. The Roos kept persisting with pressure from some very good death overs from Bailey Richard’s and Caiden Eaton. A solid team performance kept Claremont restricted to 8-151.
The batting innings was taken away by one man…..”Strawba”. Chris hit 101* with 5 reverse sweep, slap, slog, whatever you want to call it, sixes. To the absolute delight of a packed Kingsway gazebo Chris made the Claremont bowling attack which included Matt Kelly, look like a 4th grade side. Chris and Rob Richards opened the batting and went at 10 an over from ball one. The boys took the Claremont attack down and made light work of their total of 151.
Unfortunately with two runs needed Richo, chasing a deserved 50, ended up getting caught on the boundary trying to put one on the second ground. Next ball Riley Holly finished the game with a 6 over the deep mid-wicket boundary. The Roos cruised to victory and need to win the next game to make finals. Well batted Strawba.