Joondalup 7/219 (KR Smith 3/31) def. Wanneroo 9/215 (Del Borrello 64, DW Billington 42, KR Smith 30)
In the last game of the season the ones batted first against arch rival Joondalup with openers Riley Holly and Anthony Del Borrello looking to get them off to a flyer. However Holly became the early first victim after “smoking” one to mid-wicket. A partnership of 80 runs then formed between Del Borrello and Kelvin Smith with some fine stroke play from both batsman. The wicket of Kelvin sparked a collapse of 6/33 before the arrival of Deon Billington to the crease sparked a “Maxwell” like batting display inspired by the number on his shirt, bringing the ones back from the brink of a cheap total. The ones got through to an end of innings with a score of 9/215 (including a rare L. Poulter straight drive for 4 off the last ball). The top scorers were Del Borrello (64), Billington (42) and Smith (30).
Joondalup came out very aggressive with the bat with the first wicket falling at 1/56 in the 7th over (Billington making inroads again). This caused a fight back involving some aggressive fast bowling from Caiden Eaton and a couple quick wickets from Kelvin Smith, who was brought on earlier than usual, bringing the ones back into contention with Joondalup wobbling at 5/109. However it wasn’t meant to be with Joondalup resettling and chasing down the total in the 45th over 7 wickets down. Not the finish the boys were after, season over. On the bright side the Trust Tr33 have made it through to the finals, good luck boys!
Wanneroo 4/111 (Sadik 41*, Bonner 29) def. Joondalup 110 (Singh 3/14, Millar 3/18, Slattery 3/21)
Daniel ‘Top 3’ Sadik won the toss and sent Joondalup in on what looked like a bowler friendly wicket for the L.Millar v J.Slattery bowl off. Both delivered as they have all season taking 3 apiece, finishing 2nd and 3rd on the 2nd grade wicket taking list. Gagandeep then proceeded to put on a clinic with 3/14 of his 10 overs, dismissing Joondalup for 110.
Joondalup would have been fairly confident if they had have flicked back through our scorebook but 110 wasn’t enough in the end, easily accounted for in 26 overs. Jacob ‘The Wall’ Bonner proved to be the rock with a gritty 29 getting us through the new ball allowing Sadik to capitalise on a left arm Dutch Fruiterer in the middle overs. Good finish to a disappointing 2nd half of the season!
Joondalup 188 (Dzodzos 3/31, Stumpers 3/44, Ardagh 2/33) def by WDCC 9/221 (Varsani 81, Kelsey 54, Atkinson 40)
The air was moist at Iluka, partly due to the humidity that follows light morning precipitation, and partly due to the nervous anticipation of no less than four Senior cricket teams whose finals hopes were to be decided following the events of the next few hours. Having been robbed by the weather in the previous round, the Wanneroo 3rd Grade Trust Tree looked metaphorically like Liam Neeson in Taken, just as he’s about to violently take back his daughter. The metaphorical daughter, in this case, was a finals berth and Joondalup were the nasty blokes about to receive their comeuppance…
John “Ellyse Perry” Walter won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Mike “Ardog” Ardagh flashed inappropriately before Michael “The Claw” Kelsey and Aryan “A.V. DeBilliers” Versani put on a partnership of 111. Kelsey played a fantastic anchoring role, whilst Versani resembled a young Mark Waugh without the mullet, whipping the Joondalup boys over mid-wicket at will and scoring 81 off just 68 balls. When Versani was stumped, Joondalup’s joy was brief as Graeme “Spencer” Atkinson clipped and crunched through the offside for a chanceless 40. Kelsey sadly barbecued himself for 54 off 94, and whilst the rest of the batting line-up failed to match the top order heroics, the Roo boys were relatively happy with a total of 221 off 45 overs.
Joondalup started steadily in their response, before Connor “Royal Challengers Spangalore” Spangenberg found the opener’s edge. The four-way action provided by Mohammed “Spencer” Yaseen (0/15 off 5), Spangenberg (1/30 off 4), Walter and Hayden “Original Spencer” Stumpers made life difficult for the Joondalup top order, and paved the way for the spin twins Ardagh and Mathew “T20 Doz” Dzodzos to control the middle overs of the match.
The spin twins took five wickets between them as the batsmen found themselves trapped in the middle of the Ardagh-Dzodzos grind-fest. Ardagh finished with 2/33 whilst Dzodzos took 3/31, both off their 9 overs. As the required run rate escalated alarmingly, Stumpers (3/44 off 8.3) and Walter (0/32 off 8) bowled fantastic areas to crush the last gasps of air from the Centurions. Joondalup were eventually dismissed for 188, resulting in a fine 33 run victory and 5th place finish on the 3rd Grade ladder.
The lads were relieved and satisfied to get the job done, but emotions were mixed as their 1st Grade brothers were not so lucky. It was fantastic that the 1st Graders came over to support us after their game, and hopefully we’ll get a big crowd of club-mates, family and supporters to Bayswater this week.
Wanneroo 81 def by Joondalup 2/84
With Liam Carroll now playing two’s for the last game of the season, it was time for Dominic “yeah, I’ll do it” Boyce to step up and lead the fearless Fourth Grade side against table toppers Joondalup. No matter how the game panned out, it was always going to be a tough job for the new skip. His day didn’t start out too well, with Joondalup winning the toss and electing to bowl first. Joondalup got off to a flyer, dismissing Lachlan “it swung both ways” Dargie and Jack Maraldo in quick succession within the first few overs. Cody “does it all” Billington was tasked with the job of opening the batting as another Fourth Grade late change was made due to illness that struck late in the night before the game. Jack “top elbow” McDonald was the star with the bat with a top score of 20. Not much relief came after, with Jayden “party bus” Rae and Nic “bush chook” Santich both being dismissed for ducks. The tail wagged late, with Sharad “Nathan Lyon highlights” Jessani putting on 16 and Dominic “it’s alright lads, I got this” Boyce adding 13 to the score. Jared “doesn’t like double digits” Maunder added 9 to the score, humiliating the higher order batsman by scoring the first and only boundary of the Wanneroo innings. The courageous 4’s were eventually rolled for just 81.
And so it was time to bowl, after getting the okay from the prestigious men that run this club, the 4’s team strolled out into the field wearing the coloured retro kits. My oh my, was that a sight to behold. Not much luck was on offer early for the bowlers, until Jared Maunder struck, claiming the scalp of the opening bat thanks to a delightful one-handed catch by the skipper himself, Dominic Boyce. Thanks to some mid-ball antics, that wicket allowed Nic “what’s legspin?” Santich to come on first change, and send down some absolute thunderbolts, claiming a wicket with his very first ball. Not much else was on offer for the retro-wearing Roo boys as those two wickets were the only two to be taken for the rest of the day. A plethora of bowling changes were made, in the hope of trying to take another wicket and put the pressure back on the enemy. But it was not to be, with the winning runs scored in just the 24th over with a towering six off the bowling of Jack “I’ll take tippas job” McDonald after some of the crowd had convinced the skipper to bring Jack on. Although Wanneroo did go down to the old arch rival of Joondalup, dulling the moment at the time, the night afterwards relieved many a soul of that loss as the Paul Lucas medal was awarded.
Wanneroo 49 tied Subiaco Floreat 49 (Beckett 5/11, Schonfeldt 2/14)
Joondalup 8/100 (Haddrill 2/14, M Slattery 2/14) def by Wanneroo 8/110 (Stumpers 42)
Wanneroo 2/84 (Pearce 41, Brown 37*) def. Joondalup 3/83
Wanneroo 9/233 (Carroll 51, Marinovich 50, Holly 44, Brown 32) def. by Melville 6/234 (Skouros 2/29)
Bayswater-Morley 98 (De villiers 3/13) def. by Wanneroo 8/117 (Glamuzina 44)