Weekend Wrap – and one golden roo!

First Grade

Wanneroo 9/307 (Sabburg 111, Holly 55, Spangenberg 29, Newnham 27) def. Mount Lawley 10/247 (Richards 3/30, Sabburg 3/36, Eaton 2/30)

Let me take you back to November 20th, 2021, Wanneroo v Mt Lawley, Kingsway 1 the location. Been a tough few weeks for the boys who were expecting to have bowl (120 just hasn’t been competitive recently for some reason). Stand in skip Strawba decided otherwise and the lads had a bat. The start was solid after “Dilf” Richo took 12 off the second. He departed shortly after which brought Strawpedo to the crease with Mitchy Slatts. They built a solid foundation with the lads being one down at lunch for 60ish with Mitch staying in the contest. Unfortunately after lunch, Mitch departed which brought Riley “No Phone” Holly to the crease. Some very different fields were set which Riley was having none of and opened the shoulders up to turn the momentum right in favour of the roos. Riley departed for a well made 55. Strawbs continued to tick along with some steady partnerships from the middle order. The runs were building as the Roos got over 200, with Strawbs scoring his first 100 for the club. When he scores another, I recommend checking his socials as he doesn’t mind a share of his own work.

With some late nudging, the boys ended at 9/307.

Day 2 was a scorcher with a solid start from Lawley. A couple of the boys clearly had a big week at leavers as the heat really got to them. Poor old Stumpers couldn’t get out of second gear and Spang struggling after not letting the ferret run. Bailey “No Ball” Richards got the big breakthrough of Stew “throwdown” Walters but this would be the last success for a while. At 1/150, you could feel the tension but Slug had a spell in him. He removed the two in batsmen and completely changed the game in the space of two overs. From here, Strawbs threw himself himself the ball and got a pole last ball before tea with the score at 4 for 180. The last session was all Wanneroo with Strawbs and the other Richards (that releases it with a bent arm) taking control. The Roos bowled the Hawks out for 247 in a tough hard slog on a very docile wicket. It’s been a while between wins, but dang it tasted good. Hopefully a big finish before Christmas for ones can really get the season back on track!!

Second Grade

Mount Lawley 118 (Jessani 3/19, Poulter 3/25) & 3/76 (Poulter 2/5) def. by Wanneroo 295 (Fairchild 70, Fryer 55, Holly 53, Smith 38, Forssman 27)

The twos rocked up to Breckler eager to get a W on the board against Mt Lawley.

Adam lost the toss and we were put in to bat on grassy soft wicket. We didn’t get off to the best start, losing 3 quick wickets early to put us 3-10. Out came the ever reliable Rob ‘Fairy’ Fairchild who along with Darcy Forssman put on a solid 68 run partnership in tough conditions. We lost Darcy for a well batted 27 just before the lunch break. After lunch Fairy brought up his fifty and then got to 70 in a short period of time, unfortunately given out when not. Disappointing ending to a massive innings for the team. Donny and young gun Blake Holly put on a fifty plus partnership, setting up a lovely platform for us after tea. Donny departed for 55, while Blake started playing all his shots and played them really well, dominating all their bowling and bringing up his first 2nd grade fifty. Blake departed for 53 and Adam Smith made a gritty 36 to end the innings, bringing us to a strong total of 295.

Week two came along and we heard news that the sprinklers accidentally turned on and the pitch was soaked, fortunately for us it was a 36 degree day so the wicket dried out quickly. The boys went out excited to bowl on this look-a-like day one Durham wicket. Doz and Poults made the bird boys look silly early on, and both of them and then Jordan Slattery each taking a wicket before drinks. After drinks the spinners came on and Ards took a wicket to leave the hawks 5-56 at the break. The boys came out hungry to finish this off quickly in the hope of sending them back in for an outright opportunity. Mt Lawley had a little partnership brewing but Shazza the wizard ended that with some lovely off breaks that got the boys fired up. The quicks came back on and mopped the tail as the hawks were all out for 118. Lovely efforts from Poulter (3-25) and Jessani (3-19). Oh and I forgot to mention the Doz run out of the century, one hand one foot one stump direct hit.

Smudge sent the hawks back in and the boys were on fire with poults taking 2 wickets in his first over, leaving the hawks 2-12 at tea. After tea we came out confident but the wicket flattened out a bit and Mt Lawley went into their shell. The boys had a good hard crack for an hour but nothing was happening and skipper smudge made the call to end the day.

An all-out great performance from the boys and are excited to take on Melville at home this round.

Third Grade

Wanneroo 9/260 (Farrant 72, Brown 42, Williams 35, Fitzmaurice 27, Mcdonald 26) def. Mount Lawley 149 (Singh 3/31, C Quelch 2/18)

The threes won the toss under new captain Chris Quelch and elected to bat first at Kingsway 2. The boys got off to a good start only being 1 down at lunch seeing off the new ball with Sam scoring a measured 35. The threes scraped to 4/100 but this was where Kealey Farrant and Tyler Brown entered the mix, combining to make batting look easy and scoring freely all around the ground. The pair scoring 72 and 42 respectively. Some handy tail end batting from FITTTAAAA and Josh Quelch propelled the threes to a strong first innings score of 260.

We then arrived next week to bowl on a flatty in 37 degree heat, this didn’t stop Chris and Josh Quelch from wreaking havoc amongst the Mt Lawley top order. Fitzy also chipped in with 1 wicket to leave them struggling at 4/26. Mt Lawley then fought back after lunch with an aggressive 80 run stand. Matthew Carroll held his nerve during a short onslaught, continually tossing it up and snaring their main stroke-player who tried attacking one time too many. Gagendeep curled one around the other set batsmens legs to leave the birds 6 down, plenty behind at tea. After the break, along with a couple runouts, Gagandeep Singh swept up the tail to finish with 3-31. The threes comfortably won bowling Mt Lawley out for 149 to push us back into the top 6.

Fourth Grade

Mount Lawley 183 (L Carroll 3/26, O Brown 2/10, Douglas 2/44) def. by Wanneroo 262 (Santich 50*, Pearce 44, A Singh 40, Douglas 35, Gillespie 28, Hall 25)

Round Seven saw the Al Gore’s arrive nice and early at Breckler Park, allowing ample time to make the long trek from change rooms across to the ground which resided in a different postcode. Skipper Liam “Christmas” Carroll was even more excited than normal at winning the toss, perhaps because Christmas only comes once a year and that special day was fast approaching. It was no surprise to anyone that Christmas chose to have a bat. Riley “Dizzy” Gillespie and Ajay “DJ” Singh put on 50 for the first wicket, before Ajay & Kane “Guy” Pearce steered the total to 97. Ajay eventually skied one for a well-made 40. Jack “J-Mar” Maraldo had a rare failure before Pearce (44) & Allan Hall (25) combined for another 50 run stand leading into tea.

Exhausted from trekking to the pavilion and back for tea, the Roos lost a few quick wickets before Callum “Michael” Douglas (35) & Nick “Joliet Jake” Santich (50no) took control with yet another 50 run partnership. With just three overs remaining, Rhys “Chuck Norris” Walker was the last batter dismissed, with a healthy 262 runs on the board.

Whilst the prospect of chasing such an imposing total no doubt kept the Mount Lawley boys awake at night during the week, their collective blood pressure was done no favours when they found out that the sprinklers had malfunctioned on Friday night. Had Mitchell Johnson been opening the bowling in 4th Grade, it would no doubt have been deemed too dangerous to play. Johnson, however, was unavailable this round and thus play began on time.

Cody “The Golden Child” Billington (1/21) and Owen “Roy Orbison-look him up” Brown (2/10) were immediately in the action as the first five wickets fell for just 22 runs. Again, the journey to and from the change rooms proved to be an energy-sapping journey for the Roo boys at lunch, and they could only find one wicket in the 2nd session. Despite the lack of wickets, Mt. Lawley had left themselves 180 runs to score in the final session. Like a Boa Constrictor slowly squeezing the life out of some kids just back from leavers, Liam “Neeson” Carroll (3/26) and Callum “Kirk” Douglas (2/44) controlled the innings and eventually Mount Lawley were bowled out in the last over of the day for 183.

A great all-round team effort, this win keeps the Al Gores in 2nd place on the ladder and of course contributed to the club obtaining an elusive “Golden Roo”.

 

B Grade Female T20

Wanneroo 5/120 (Jesani 33, Evans 31*, Reichelt 30) def. Subiaco-Floreat 5/59

Thankfully the B Grade followed the Youth League on Kingsway 1, which has only happened a handful of times this season. Winning another toss, Emma had no hesitation in choosing to bat against Subi-Floreat and the dynamic top order duo of Meg and Shenae got off to another quick-fire start. Meg scored 13 off 10 while Shenae notched 30 off 29, to see the Roos reach 2/47 before both openers were dismissed. A couple of middle order wickets were lost to move the score to 4/54, which brought Shayna and Sarah together in what would prove to be a match winning partnership. With a mix of powerful hitting and deft touch, these two got the score moving along at a nice clip. Shayna finished with a match high 33 (off 26) while Sarah was undefeated on 31*, and a great 65 run partnership to boot!

The Roos 5/120 looked very defendable, and some tight lines with the ball in the first 10 overs put the game out of Subi’s reach. A great opening spell by Emilie (1/7) and Josie (1/15) initially put the brakes on, with further pressure being applied with some good fielding by the Roos. A good series of catches were taken by Ella, Meg and Shayna. The next suite of bowlers were also super economical, with Emma (1/5), Ella (1/8) and Shayna (1/4) all among the wickets as the Roos churned through the overs very quickly. In the end, Subi finished with 5/59 in a comprehensive result for Wanneroo.

U17F T20

Wanneroo 9/98 (Allen 28) def. by Rockingham-Mandurah 6/102 (Bartholomew 2/20)

The Roos welcomed Rockingham-Mandurah to Kingsway for their Round 8 encounter. Winning the toss and batting on a great looking track, Talia and Tene started in a very positive frame of mind, before Tene fell to a good catch with the score on 10. Talia and Shayna got the score to 25 off 5 overs before the latter departed. A good period of consolidation followed, with Talia working away diligently at her end while the new batter, Chloe, began to hit powerfully through the line, before being dismissed after notching a quickfire 17 off 11. 3/53 became 4/53 and then Talia was dismissed with the score at 5/65 after a really well made 28 runs in fairly warm conditions. Soph and Layla communicated well and took the score to 6/94 before Soph was dismissed, with Layla pushing on to finish with 19 off 18 balls. A few quick wickets fell as the girls chased the runs but great to see the positive intent up to the very last ball, when Aymie and Mathilda turned a one into an (almost) four all-run, with Mathilda run out going for the fourth, as the Roos reached 9/98.

Rocky had a solid start and reached 35 before Talia (1/5) struck, with Tene taking a good catch right on the edge of the ring. Layla then collected a batter first ball (nice catch to Talia) before Josie (1/8), who is bowling in great areas, sent one into the stumps to see the opposition looking shaky at 3/40. However, a good period with the bat kept Rocky in the game, and it was heading for a tight finish. The return of Chloe (2/20) into the attack resulted in two wickets, along with another to Mathilda (1/13), who bowled very economically again this week.
In an exciting last over finish, Rocky reached the total with three balls to spare, finishing on 6/102.

The Roos sit second with two to play.

 

U17M

Wanneroo 8/250 (T Brown 65, Walker 40, O Brown 37) def. Mount Lawley 10/186 (Walker 2/31, Jessani 2/42)

The boys won the toss and decided to have bat. A new opening partnership got off to a flyer with Ben Carmignani taking advantage of some loose bowling as Riley held fort at the other end. Bens quick fire innings of 20 was ended by a nice catch at second slip with the score on 26. Tyler and Riley then compiled another steady partnership and built the score to 82 before Riley was dismissed. Kane and Tyler complied another 50+ run stand and both players scoring with ease before a mini collapse ensued as we lost three wickets for 5 runs. Kane was dismissed or a run a ball 22 and Tyler for 65 off 74.  The boys then took advantage of some very poor fielding (5 dropped catches and a couple of missed run out opportunities) saw Owen, who tried to send every ball into orbit, (37 off 35) and Rhys, (40 off 24) lift the score to 250 off our 50 overs with Matt C and Jordan contributing along the way. Disappointing that whilst all batsman got good starts no-one went on for massive score that was on offer.

Week 2 the boys turned up thinking that they had won the game. The warm up and first session was reflective of this attitude as there was a lack of pressure built with at least one loose ball an over, a few misfields and the opposition were only 1 fa at the drinks break thanks to a barbeque as the opener decided to take on Matt Skouros in the infield.  Matt C then bought himself on and slowed the run rate with sensational figures of 10 overs for just 11 runs including 4 maidens, but the wickets just wouldn’t fall. Eventually after the tea break Mount Lawley had try and accelerate and as result they gifted us some wickets but the highlight of the day was Owen’s direct hit runout from the boundary and his acknowledgement of his achievement by standing like “Christ the Redeemer”. He also followed this up with a second run out less than over later. Clearly the batsman weren’t watching the first time.

The boys completed the win in a very low pressure game and remain top of the pops but a lot to work on before next week.

U15M

Mount Lawley drew Wanneroo 9/214 (Jones 75, Smith 27)

U14M

Mount Lawley 6/220 (Redman 2/39, Deckert 2/44) def. Wanneroo 7/180 (Prance 48, Gray 43, Hudson 26)

The Roos travelled to Breckler Park to take on Mount Lawley the day after the big flood that saw both Breckler decks underwater and wreaking havoc on grade batsmen 18 hours earlier. Wanneroo won the toss and promptly sent Mount Lawley in to bat. Despite the early apprehensions about the deck, it played reasonably well and the baking sun hardened the surface up to provide good bounce. Mount Lawley got off to a poor start losing one of their openers to Mitch McArthur (1/8) when the score was on just 3. Despite good pace, line and length from Liam Deckert (2/44) Mount Lawley amassed a second wicket partnership of 131 before it was broken by the spin wizardry of Josh Redman (2/39). Wickets then fell regularly with Isaac Gray chiming in with 1/13 off his seven overs as a result of bowling very consistent areas. A highlight was the brilliant reflex catch taken in front of the wicket by Redman.
Mount Lawley finished with 6/220 off 48 overs which was seen as a good total but gettable.

Oliver Hudson and Isaac Gray got the chase underway with a very solid 75 run opening partnership before Hudson was dismissed for 26. Gray followed not long after for a well-compiled 43. The in-form Dylan Prance took some time to get going, but when he did, he bludgeoned anything loose to the boundary. With the run chase slipping away after some lean bowling from the Mount Lawley spin partnership, Prance was dismissed for 48. Luke Sanders chipped in for 18 but the game had slipped away from the young Roos and they were beaten by 40 runs at the close of play.

The Roos will take on Scarborough at home in two weeks time.

U13M

Mount Lawley 6/224 (Doepel 3/25, Harvey 2/12) def. Wanneroo 123

 

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