Joondalup 164 (Sadik 3/21, Millar 2/13, Smith 2/20) def. by Wanneroo 7/174 (Birt 74, Newnham 30)
At an overcast windy day ay Iluka the Roos batted first in the 20/20. Losing Kelvin (triple fig) Smith on the first ball, the Roos were off to a shaky start. Out walked Jimmy (Pigrat) Newnham. Carrying out with him half a house he put the sculptured log to good use. Flaying the fast bowlers through cover on multiple occasions to turn the momentum in favour of the Roos. The crowd at Iluka was treated to a 20/20 batting masterclass by captain of the Truck XI Travis Birt. Hitting a brilliant 74(45), showing no bowler any mercy. The innings was finished off by a solid partnership formed by Callum Douglas and 20/20 debutant Mike O’Day. Topped off by a classy leave on the last ball of the innings by Callum. Saying post game “It just wasn’t in my zone”.
With Joondalup sending out their big boi’s at the top The Roos had a hard task for trying to minimise boundaries while trying to take wickets. With the fast bowlers having no luck the ball was thrown to golden arm Deon (Wild Bill) Billington. This move brought about the first wicket. With Deon bowling Morgan for 29. The Roos realising a change in momentum spin came on from both ends and the “squeeze” was in effect. This swing in momentum brought a few wickets in as many overs with Kyle (mint, wicked, beers) Millar dismissing big wicket Josh Inglis. Daniel (Van Gerwen) Sadik made the middle order look silly, the spinners bowled excellently combining for 8 wickets. With 3 to Sadik, 2 for Kelvin and Kyle along with 1 for Deon respectively. Joondalup got within a slight sniff towards the end but the Roos were never in doubt. The Roos ran victors 10 runs!
Joondalup 7/91 (Holly 3/11, Slattery 2/14) def. by Wanneroo 3/92 (Holly 28, Varsani 25)
The Colts took the Butler Line up to the gale-force winds of Iluka for what looked to be a close encounter with the boys of Joondalup. Deon “Chief” Billington lost the toss and were sent to bowl first on what looked like a very dead wicket. The Roo boys began their masterclass of powerplay bowling in the first 6, with Darcy “Liam Duggan” Forssman, Jordan “pisswreck” Slattery and Lachlan “Calf Skins” Poulter running the show to have Joondalup 4/15 off the first 6 (which included two maidens) to set the colts boys off on a flyer. Joondalup ended their inning on 7/91 with the fielding and bowling performances from the Roo Boys being top class.
With the stick, Riley “Degen” Holly and Aryan “Mr WACA” Varsani led the way with a run-a-ball 28 and 25 respectively. Aryan wanting to go home early with a straight six over the bowlers head as his first scoring shot. Deon “Indian Wrists” Billington and Caiden “Slug” Eaton finished the job to chase the score with 6 overs to spare, a very clinical performance from the colts who now look towards the students of Uni back at Kingsway this week.
Wanneroo 5/148 (Jesani 43*, Salisbury 41) def. Rockingham-Mandurah 5/47
Our Female Roo’s won the toss and chose to bat first on what looked like a track that had runs in it. Indeed that was the case with a good start from our openers setting the pace that was further embraced from the introduction of Shayna Jesani at 3 and Eva Salisbury at 4; interestingly both appear in the top 10 across the whole league of top run scorers. Both played sensibly and both were rewarded with a 43* for Shayna and Eva falling for 41 off just 31 balls. We lost a bit of momentum towards the end of the innings but were quietly confident that 148 was going to pose some issues for Rocky.
It did as they lost early wickets with all our bowlers returning to a better and more consistent line and length than from 2 weeks ago in Round 6. Our all-round display of bowling and fielding was back to our expected high standards, all figures were excellent with wickets for Shayna, Ella and Erin and vital contributions from Kristin, Emilie and Emma who leaked only 16 runs from their collective 8 overs; partnership bowling at its best consistently applying pressure. Both Rocky openers went in quick succession leaving S Mollett to dominate but her time ran out and she returned just the 1 run in 22 balls. Equally the remaining Rocky batters struggled with our attack and they eventually stuttered to 47 with the loss of 5 wickets.
We enjoy another home fixture next week in Round 9 where we entertain Midland Guildford.