Midland-Guildford 8/160(cc) RA Walker 3/30 def by Wanneroo 7/192(cc) RC Gillespie 63 TD Brown 28 C Billington 26
Female B Grade
Rockingham-Mandurah 6/96(cc) E Nicholls 3/19 def by Wanneroo 4/114(cc) T Crafford 29 M Bothma 25
Away to Rockingham-Mandurah we batted first, and a well paced innings commenced with a great opening stand between Megan (25 off 19) and Shenae, with the first wicket falling at 47.
When Shenae departed for 23 shortly after with the score on 55, Tene and Talia combined at the crease for their second partnership of the day, having batted together earlier in the 17s. The girls took the score to 3/100 with some nifty batting. Talia finished with 21 off 28 while Tene notched 29 off 33.
Sarah and Ella capitalised on the great platform that had been built, going run a ball in the last two overs to see the score to a very competitive 4/114.
Right amongst it early and throughout the innings, Emilie picked up the first Rocky wicket at 1/4, going on to collect both openers by the time the score reached 26.
A period of consolidation followed from the home team, before Kristin (1/17) struck against the top scorer, while Tene and Emilie combined for a run out that kept the game interesting.
The teams were level pegging right up until the end of the 14th over, when a series of rapid bowling changes from Skipper Emma swung the game dramatically. Emilie (3/19) returned to claim another pole, with Bronwen taking her second catch of the innings, while Emma also picked up a great first ball LBW. Great to see the team apply the screws just when they were needed – Rocky finishing at 6/96 to complete a good win for the Roos.
Female Youth League
Wanneroo 5/91(cc) T Allen 39* def Midland-Guildford 4/90
Wanneroo welcomed top of the table Midland-Guildford to Kingsway in a return match as we head into the back half of the T20 fixtures.
Tene and Talia got the team off to a flyer with the bat, with the score racing to 50 off not many overs before Tene fell for 20. Shayna joined Talia at the crease and continued the theme of batting in partnerships, moving the score to 80 before she fell for 18, with Talia continuing to steadily build her innings at the other end.
The Roo’s middle order threw everything at quick runs on the back of the solid start, but we lost a few wickets in the process. Talia carried her bat to finish with 39 off 46 in a really impressive performance. Wanneroo concluded the innings at 5/91 and knew it was going to take some defending.
A defendable total became a really defendable total after our first 10 overs with the ball, which saw MGCC reach 1/31. Chloe bowled seam up with fantastic economy, conceding very few runs, with Aymie unlucky not to claim a wicket this week.
Through the middle overs, Layla’s left arm leggies and Mathilda’s out swingers against the breeze kept on the pressure, with both girls picking up a wicket, with some tidy keeping by Shayna as well, including a great catch. A run out by Mathilda also really helped to keep it tight!
In the end, MGCC needed 7 off the last Josie over to win the game. Singles off the first three balls kept them alive, followed through by two dots which built the pressure – well done Team for being switched on in this phase. What should have been the last ball was 2 wides, setting up a fantastic finish – with two needed to win from the final delivery. Cue an excellent delivery from Josie, who completed a caught and bowled to the delight of the home crowd, sealing a one run victory with MGCC reaching 4/90.
Under 14 Pathway Program
A scratch match this week against South Perth was the perfect hit out for the team ahead of their WACA Mini Carnival next weekend. Playing together as a team for the first time, but having trained since the end of last season, there were a few understandable nerves as the girls settled into bowling first.
South Perth got a few away early, but the intent of the Roos was clear, with the girls throwing themselves around in the field. It wasn’t long before Elri got a breakthrough, which she followed up with a direct hit run out from square leg, while Leah found her rhythm and also got amongst the wickets.
With Coach Scott keen to test his bowling strength, the bowling changes came thick and fast, with Brooke, Polly, Emma, Addi and Asha all chiming in with dismissals. Given it was a scratchy, the batters kept coming right to the end of the 20 overs, during which time the Roos also found 5 more run outs! South Perth scored 98 with their first 10 wickets.
Batting wise, we lost a wicket early but it was good to see a watchful Polly see off the openers. Tegan (29*) and Myla (15*) put in classy performances, with a well made 10 from Steffi and a quick fire 9 from Emmersyn seeing us past the total at 3/99.