The Mighty Roos came within a bee’s antennae of achieving not just a Seniors clean sweep (a.k.a. a “Golden Roo”), but a Seniors/Junior’s clean sweep (a.k.a. a “Platinum Roo”) against Claremont-Nedlands over the weekend.
Kingsway 1 were treated to an opening partnership run-fest between Max “Drives a” Holden and Rob “Big Viv” Richards as they plundered 119 runs for the first wicket. Holden was dismissed for 59 whilst Richards battled the intense heat to score 102. Defending 222, the Roos took wickets at critical times and controlled the run-rate to eventually dismiss the Tigers for 2013 in the final over. Adam “Sack Lodge” Smith was the pick of the bowlers with a miserly 2/31 off his 10 overs.
In a similar story to 1st Grade, the Magoos performed strongly with the bat to post 226. Rob “Purple Middle Stump” Fairchild flayed the bowling to all parts of the ground, finally dismissed for 84. Unlike 1st Grade, however, the 2nd Grade Tigers were never in the chase, being rolled for just 86 with John “Pulled Pork” Walter going ballistic with 6/23.
After losing the toss, the Magees were banished to the field in 300 degree heat (Celsius, just to be clear). Despite the intense heat, sweaty man-huddles, composure-keeping and sometimes-dubious fielding, Jason “Yellow-ball” Parry led from the front to take 3/16 and roll Claremont-Nedlads for 130. In response, the Mighty Roos chased down the runs in just 20.3 overs, with Allan “Rocktape” Hall scoring 52 not out off just 46 balls.
The Al Gores set a competitive score of 180 at Melvista, with contributions from Braiden “The Engineer” Hudson (39) and the Minear Brothers Dave (32) and Dylan (26). In reply, the Tigers chased down the runs with 7 wickets in hand and three overs to spare, despite an impressive new-ball performance by Tyler “The Big Tongan” Ong (2/32 off 8 overs).
Wanneroo rolled Claremont-Nedlands for just 95, with Darcy “The Force-man” Forssman leading the way with 3/8. In reply, Wanneroo cruised to 1/153 with half-centuries to Hennie “Private Gazebo” van der Walt (65) and Michael “Max’s Brother” Kelsey (61 not out).
Wanneroo posted an imposing 159 from their 20 overs, with Nick “BLT Sandwich” Santich dominating with 76 off just 58 balls. Nick was supported well by Mitch “Slatts” Slattery (41) as the pair put on 125 for the first wicket. In response, Claremont-Nedlands could only manage 109, with Hayden “Thumpers” Stumpers taking 2/21 off 4 overs.
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