Claremont-Nedlands 4/208 (Eaton 2/51) def. Wanneroo 9/207 (Richards 65, Newnham 50)
The Ones rocked up to Cresswell to take on Claremont-Nedlands in a top of the table clash. The day started well with the Roos winning the toss and electing to bat first on a good looking wicket. The game began with a good contest between bat and ball. At 2-61, James Newnham (50) joined Rob Richards (65) at the crease, the pair putting on 94 to put the Roos into a strong position. From there however the innings went downhill with the Roos losing 7-35. Wanneroo ended up on 9-207 at the end of the 50 overs.
Needing early wickets, the Roos started well with the new 21 year old Jordan Slattery finding Whiteakers edge. From there unfortunately the Tigers built a strong partnership for the second wicket which proved to be the difference. The Roos bowled without luck. The tigers eventually ran out winners chasing the target 4 down with 3 and a half overs left. The Roos will be looking to bounce back next week against Rockingham-Mandurah at home.
WDCC 6/173 (Spangenberg 40, Slattery 36, Farrant 30*) def. CNCC 172 (Ardagh 2/26, Millar 2/27, Sadik 2/32, O’Day 2/35)
Round 9 saw Claremont-Nedlands venture out of the Golden Triangle to take on the might of Roos 2’s. Based on their warm up starting at 8.30am we can only assume they were excited to escape the harsh critique of their Mummy’s and Daddy’s after a long Christmas break.
Claremont won the toss and threw us in on a deck that surprisingly looked to offer something for the seam bowlers for the first time this season. This had Big Leeroy salivating and he proceeded to put on swing bowling clinic with the new ball for the large crowd of 5 after a first over mishap! He was well backed up by Michael ‘Son of Googs’ O’Day who banked his weekly 2fa. As usual the bowling from the 2’s was exceptional barring 15 wides from the skip. A special mention to Michael ‘Be Ready When I’m Ready’ Ardagh who absolutely closed the door on any prospect of a decent CNCC total putting the clamps on with 2/26 late in the innings. 173 to chase for the win.
Jacob Bonner and Mitch Slattery proceeded to get us off to a slow but solid start putting on 38 for the first wicket until the Claremont spinners really put the clamps on, on what was turning out to be a difficult deck to score off. Connor Spangenberg battled away for 40 before being dismissed by an excellent caught and bowled with Slattery run out again after a well-made 36. From there on the nerves started to set in, with the required run rate getting up to 7 an over in the 45th over. Thankfully Kealey ‘The finisher’ Farrant combined with a brilliant cameo from Michael O’Day to ice the game in the last over of the day.
Big win, the 2’s sitting in equal 3rd. All business from here on.
Claremont-Nedlands 154 (Smith 4/21, Fryer 2/18) v Wanneroo 187 (McDonald 61)
On a warm afternoon at Melvista things started well when Adam came over and told us that we are batting, on a deck that looked a treat. After losing Tim in the first over things went very positive to, oh no. Luckily we have a Kelsey and a McDonald to steady and steer the ship. Together putting on a show for a classy 49 run partnership until Claremont saw the back of Kelso after a sharp piece of fielding which left Kelsey short of his ground. Another little partnership of 39 was formed between Forssman and McDonald until Darcy was adjudged by the umpire to have impeded the ball from hitting the stumps by using his pad for a well-made 18. The McDonald show continued as the runs continued to flow until we lost another wicket of third grade debutant Kody. With the scores 4/101 the roos were looking good to make a decent and respectable score. Harder done than said as Mr McDonald departed for a well-made 61 and wickets then seemed to fall consistently as we lost Fryer, Maraldo and Smith in pretty quick succession. A lot is now left on the last few batsman. With Jaxon deciding to turn on the four burner matador BBQ the score fell to 9/154. A last stand of 33 gave the roo boys a score of 187 after being rolled in 44 overs.
With the scorebooks a mess courtesy Darcy and Kelso, the roos went out to have a field. Things started well with another fiery spell from Donny and Smudge, which led to an early wicket and Pujara-esque strike rates. The rebuild was on for Claremont until their number three chopped on for 20. Things seemed to flow for Wanneroo, never really letting that quick flow of runs happen which Claremont would have been looking for. Containment and pressure bowling had Claremont 4/100 after 30 odd overs. Things kept looking more and more positive and thanks to a top-3 catch by Kelsey, Dumb running by batsman and dot ball pressure, roos had them 7/141. With the run rate climbing to a freakishly high number captain Adam Smith decided he wanted a go at a hattrick, but not prevailing despite Donavinn’s enthusiasm. Wanneroo ended up rolling Claremont with one ball to spare to beat them by 33 Runs.
Wanneroo 168 (Montgomery 45, Hardiman 32) def. by Claremont-Nedlands 5/172 (Bandara 2/30)
The 4ths were looking to start the second half of the season in a positive manner against the boys from Claremont Nedlands. After inspecting the pitch which looked like a seamer’s dream the boys unfortunately lost the toss and were sent in to bat. The openers Tom and Yusuf were up for the task but unfortunately both falling cheaply while the debutant Keagan stepped up and took Claremont’s Bowling attack around the park with a very impressive 45. Coming back for the second half of the season Nic “Can I have the power surge?” Santich came in also putting the Claremont’s Bowling attack around the park and posted a very convincing 20 with 3 boundaries. Later during the innings some very impressive pinch hitting from Alex and excellent running support from Matt “The better” Carroll posted a very handy late innings partnership with Alex posting 32 which brought the 4th to a competitive total of 168.
The 4th took to the field with the task of defending the total of 168 but unfortunately the innings started with losing one the strike bowlers Alex due to a shoulder injury, which meant that Sam took over the duties with the new duke alongside with Josh Q. The 4th got off to a flyer having the Claremont Batters 2/17 with both Josh and Sam taking care of the openers. Some resistance from the Claremont batters took a little bit of momentum from the 4th. Spin twins Sharma and Matt “The better Brother” were the pick of the bowlers with both challenging the Claremont Batters with unplayable deliveries with Sharma ending up with 2/30 and Matt ending up with 1/17. But unfortunately, there were not enough runs posted on the board which Claremont comfortably chased down with 2 overs to spare.
Claremont-Nedlands 3/110 (Billington 2/16) def. Wanneroo 4/108 (Maraldo 57, Montgomery 35)
The first round of the T20s arrive and the roos were 3 from 6 going into the game. After winning yet another toss, Captain Dargie decided to bat first. An early wicket was lost which then brought Jack Maraldo to the crease, Joining Keagan Montgomery. The two paired up for an 88 run stand, Maraldo with 57 and Montgomery with 35, both innings including large sixes. Wanneroo batted out the full 20 overs ending up with 4-108
The Roo boys got their bowling innings off to a flyer with Cody “The Goat” Billington taking a wicket with the first ball of the innings and then another wicket three balls later caused by some good fielding from Kane Pearce. Claremont finished off their innings early with some skilful batting from their number 3, 4, and 5 batsmen, along with some undisciplined bowling by the Roos which helped Claremont win the game early from only 15.1 overs. Finishing 3-110. Wanneroo conclude the match 3 from 7 games, optimistic about a must win game against the Mariners the coming game.
Wanneroo 38 def. by Claremont-Nedlands 7/39 (O’Shea 2/18)
Claremont Nedlands won toss and sent Wanneroo into bat. Looking to take the ascendency early, Wanneroo got off to a bad start losing early wickets. From there the team struggled to consolidate after some real good bowling and fielding from the opposition, who were relentless in keeping the pressure on. Wanneroo could only manage a total of 38 with Riley Gillespie top scoring with 17 no.
In return Claremont (7/39 15.3 overs) made hard work of the modest target, also due to some great bowling and fielding from Wanneroo, led by Jake O’Shea 3:3 overs 2/18, Matt Carroll 4 overs 1/3, Tarun Jessani 3 overs 1/8 and Reece Walker 4 overs 0/8.
It wasn’t the greatest start to the T20’s for Wanneroo with plenty areas to improve on, however 1 positive was that they never gave up during their fielding innings.
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Wanneroo 114 (Jesani 69) def. South Perth 59 (Nicholls 3/13, Harvey 2/1, Stewart 2/5)
Cresswell Park offered an unusual scenario as it was billed as our home game. Winning the toss we chose with confidence to bat and our intent was to bat long. A new opening partnership of Talia and Ella provided a steady start but we lost Talia early and Ella a while later with the score on 26. What followed added further pressure with us again not adapting to spin bowling and losing our middle order. Thankfully we were provided with a fine example of how to build an innings and adapt to the match situation by Shayna. Shayna was eventually dismissed for 69 having come in when the score was just 14, she batted until the 36th over and faced nearly 17 overs herself. Along the way Shayna was well supported by Grace and Breanna, both players showed a focus, courage and how to value your wicket. Our innings ended on 114 which felt and looked a bit light.
We have defended low totals before and again we were on our game and bowled as we should do with intent and in partnerships. Some areas still needed some attention with more wides than we would like but as a collective bowling unit we were strong. Wickets were shared Emilie 3, Emma and Ella 2 each and Talia, Kristin and Erin 1 apiece; importantly economy from all was excellent with us giving very little away.
Game management and seeing a game out is an important part of Premier Cricket and against South Perth we achieved this. We remain on the road next week travelling to Melville, another strong bowling display coupled with a much stronger batting display could provide an interesting outcome!
Wanneroo Districts 7/151 (Wooden 49*, Lucas 29) def. Midland-Guildford 107 (Rotham 3/9, Cavanagh 2/28)
Wanneroo 5/106 (Deckert 38*) def. by Midland-Guildford 4/158