A tough round against a strong Midland-Guildford unit, in a fixture that featured flat tracks, large totals, dukes balls, lower order blitzes and open walled change-rooms.
The results were much more positive at the famous Kingsway Ladies Day, with both the Colts and the Roos T20 side putting on a clinic over Gosnells.
Midland-Guildford 8/413 def. Wanneroo 329
First week, WDCC won the toss and had no real choice but to bowl first. Unfortunately it was the flattest of flat wickets – and Midland Guildford used it well to post a score over 400. The bowlers tried hard and the wickets were evenly spread with Chris Quelch, Rob Richards and G Singh taking 2 each.
Going out to bat in second week, the Roos started well. R Richards (69) and K Smith (32) batted well to take the score to 88 for 2 after 20 overs. This fell away just after lunch, with the roos losing 3 quick wickets. At 133 for 5 the Anthony Alberto Del Borrello show begin with G Dixon, posting a partnership of 132. G Dixon and Del Borrelo’s scored 89 and 63 respectively. The Roos showed great fight chasing a mammoth total, the Roos boys all out for 329.
Wanneroo 175 & 1/45 def. by Midland-Guildford 280
The Scooby Doo’s took on Midland at Kingsway with groundsman Vinnie Clarke declaring it a “300 run day”. Evidently orchestrating a winning coin toss is much simpler than the afternoon tea, as skipper Dan “Just Bring Some Pizza Shapes” Sadic won the toss and elected to put runs on the board first. Early on it looked as if Vinnie’s prediction was spot on with Cam MacDonald (49) and Riley Holly (42) putting on an excellent first wicket stand of 88. Sadly, as has been a common occurrence this year in the McGoo’s, a batting collapse proceeded the brilliant start, leaving the home team rattled at 5-107. Chad “The Hangover” Hitchcock and Deon “Will He Say Something Today?” Billington steadied the ship for an hour or two with a crafty partnership of 60, before Chad was dismissed on 41. The lower order appear to need A LOT of Noddy Henry underarms as they were all skittled in quick succession, leaving the side all out for 175 and with a mountain of work to do. The bowlers couldn’t manage to break through in the final session, with the lads from the Swan Valley 0-50 going into day two.
Day two saw tight bowling efforts from the openers, with a couple of close chances not going our way. Jordan Slattery (2-72) bowled well and finally broke through the openers, before Lachy “Bush Chook” Poulter (1-66) took care of the other opener. Unfortunately from there it was fairly textbook from the Lilac Hill lads, getting to the total three down, and then teeing off in the hope to roll us for a second time, declaring at 5-280.
Nerves were sent flying through the camp as Cam Mac lost his wicket in the first over, followed by Callum Douglas surviving an enormous appeal after being wrapped on the pads to a delivery that could only be described as “crashing half way up middle”. Our luck seemed to finally turn, albeit far too late, as Dougo and Riley held strong and batted for three quarters of an hour before calling it a day at 1-45.
A lot of work to do for the WDCC Jimmy Choo’s after quite a strong start to the season.
A quick thank you and good luck to popular clubman Chad Hitchcock who departs the club heading over to Melbourne. His absence leaves a large hole on and off the field, and will be truly missed around the place. Good luck mate, all the best!
Midland-Guildford 7/236 def. Wanneroo 235.
Fines imminent for nominated writer.
Wanneroo 242 def. Midland-Guildford 144 & 2/87
On what was a perfect day for cricket, with a “road of a pitch” Midland-Guildford won the toss and “The Elite 4s” were sent out to bowl. Hayden Stumpers took the first wicket, we had them 1/22, but….from there the opposition 2+3 bats started to settle & it was looking to be a long day at the office. Then “Just in Time” Jessani struck and from there on the wickets continually fell with some solid bowling & fielding all round.
“Bad boy” Bandara, “Just in time” Jessani & Hayden “The knuckle ball King” Stumpers all finishing with 3 wickets a piece. Midland-Guildford bowled out after 26 overs for 144.
Just after lunch with an hour and twenty minutes left of play it was our turn to bat. Michael Kelsey was the first to fall with Lachy “likes his ducks in a row” Dargie quickly following and it wasn’t looking pretty. In came Nick “El Santo” Santich smashing 4s to all parts of the ground. We finished the day at 3 wickets down with Sharad “the goat” Jessani unbeaten on 18.
Week 2 – After the mild collapse the first week the boys pulled it together; big man Hayden Stumpers with a promotion up the order, put on the masterclass bringing up his 50 with a huge 6. Cody “Billy Goat” Billington not to be outdone & on debut hit a swift 43.
The Roo’s winning comfortably with an end score of 242.
Under 17 T20 Women
Wanneroo 7/102 def. by Midland-Guildford 8/104
Our female Roo’s experienced defeat in Round 9 at home v Midland Guildford (MG). Having won the toss we chose to step outside our usual script and asked our visitors to bowl first. Our top order struggled to produce apart from the resilience of Shayna Jesani 18 and Danni Eckley 17, both applying a sound and sensible technique to an impressive bowling display from MG. We ground out a competitive 102 for 7 which felt at the time a little light.
However bowling and fielding second would now provide an opportunity to attempt to defend a total. Our opening pair leaked a few runs early on but Emma Schonfeldt was well rewarded with a wicket. Our first change pair of Emilie Nicholls and Ella Stewart tightened the screw with line and length producing 6 wickets, 3 apiece having both completed 4 over spells. Just after the mid-point our Roos’s appeared to have the momentum and an inner confidence going into the final 8 overs. What followed was an amendment to the script, a shift in momentum to MG but largely due to our Roo’s not handling the pressures of defending a total. MG finally putting us out of our misery chasing down our total in the final over; District Cricket provided some vital learning for all associated with Wanneroo girls. We entertain Subi Floreat at home in what will now probably be our final T20 game on Kingsway 1.
T20 Round 1 v Gosnells
Roos had a bat first on a slow Kingsway wicket and quickly found themselves in a bit of strife at 3/16. Joshua Mason (29) and Rob Richards (27) then built a bit of partnership before both falling in quick time. Wanneroo ended up finishing at 8/105 thanks to some late hitting from Riley (15) and Dougo (11). Wanneroo put the screws on early with the ball and continued to take wickets as A Smith 1/17 off 4, K Millar 4/15 off 4, K Smith 2/8 off 3 lead the Roos to a remarkable win by restricting Gosnells to just 8/77.
Colts Round 1 v Gosnells
Colts won the toss on a standard Kingsway wicket and had a bat. Kelso and Dougo looked in good touch before both falling within an overs time along with Varsani to leave the young Roos at 3/16. Riley and Deon then began a rebuild before Riley fell for 20. Santo and Deon had a strong partnership before Deon was dismissed for 38 and Santich for 27. Wanneroo ended up at 8/114. The Roos got off to a tidy start with the ball in the first 6 and continued to pick up wickets throughout the middle overs as Poults picked 1/20 off 4, Shazza 3/11 off 4 and Santo 1/18 off 4. Wanneroo ended up comfortably winning with Gosnells finishing up on 8/83.
Midland-Guildford 6/231 (JR Maraldo 4/52) def. by Wanneroo 10/235 (JR Maraldo 70, S Williams 37, S Jessani 35, NR Santich 34)
Wanneroo 9/125 (R Wills 36*) def. by Midland-Guildford 8/138 (R Wills 4/31, MJ Lonnie 2/34)
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