Wanneroo 171 (Varsani 55, Sabburg 30) def. by Perth 5/290
After last weeks “turms” in wicket choice and poor weather the ones boys finally got on for their first game of the season. Starting off Kyle Millar won the toss and took the boys out onto the field to set the tone for the day. After some overs of toil from Mathew “Keeper Up” Dzodzos and Lachlan “Chook” Poulter, Chook got the opening breakthrough from a well-taken catch by Aryan “AV” Varsani. After the opening spells from the two lefties, Deon “Washington” Billington removed the other in form Perth opener and the Roos felt on top, however, this was not to be with a solid partnership forming from Perths 4 and 5 as they nestled in for a while. After a few more wickets fell and the end of the innings approached Perth had reached an already solid total but some BBL Prep by Johno Wells helped Perth put a solid total on the board.
Bowlers: Poulter (1/49), Dzodzos (1/55), Billington (1/33), Millar (1/45), Spangenberg (1/35*) (* First 1s Wicket). Perth 5/290
Enter the Roos new-look opening pair, Chris “Strawb” Sabburg and AV, with a competitive total on the board a good opening partnership was required against a solid fast bowling attack. The new-look pair started perfectly, getting through the new ball rather comfortably with Strawb looking good but unfortunately getting out for 30 with the score at 1/76. Riley “Goggles” Holly came in at 3 and looked to form a partnership with AV but then fell after 22 balls for 22 runs, score 2/110. We were still in a good position overall however Perths bowlers proved to be too good and that paired with good skills in the field kept the pressure on and saw the ones being dismissed for 171.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom in the “first” game of the season, what we did get to see after a tough 2020/21 season was the skill of Aryan. In his first game of 1st grade against a recent and current first-class fast bowler, he looked right at home under the wing of strawb. Playing freely and looking very comfortable scoring a debut 50 was phenomenal and the whole club was absolutely stoked for him. We look forward to seeing Aryan develop furthermore as one of the shining young talents in the club.
Batsmen: Varsani (55), Sabburg (30), Holly (22)
Perth 10/149 (Fryer 3/16, Forssman 2/16, Smith 2/29) def. by Wanneroo 171 (Quelch 65, Fryer 31)
The 2s made the trip down to Perth and began the day batting on what looked like a decent batting wicket. We got off to a steady start before the Perth bowlers took control to leave the Wanneroo batting order in a bit of strife at 7/56. Enter Donnavin Fryer and Chris Quelch, who put on a fantastic partnership to get the Roos back on track. Donny was steady at one end with a well-made 31 while Quelchy was at his destructive best, top scoring with 65 and hitting the ball to all parts of the ground. The Roos managed to finish with a defendable total of 171.
Skipper Adam Smith got the bowling innings off to a great start with 2 early wickets, supported by keeper Mitch Slattery who took a great catch. Wanneroo consistently applied pressure throughout the innings, keeping it nice and tight and taking wickets throughout the innings. Perth put on a half decent partnership but Donny returned to the bowling crease to take 3 quick wickets and give Wanneroo the momentum again. Darcy finished off the job, taking the last wicket and bowling Perth out for 149, giving the Roos a 22 run victory. The twos starting the season with 2 wins to go top of the table after 2 rounds.
Wanneroo 3/194 (Mcdonald 80*, Kelsey 47) def. Perth 8/193 (Fitzmaurice 3/31, Walter 2/38)
The 3s were at home against a very different Perth side to last season. Walts lost the toss and we were asked to bowl first.
Alex “Timmy Bres” Fitzmaurice and Stumpers got us off to a good start with Hayden taking the first wicket of the innings with the score at 25. After a 50 run stand and a few bowling changes, Fitzy got his first wicket for the club with a well bowled slower ball. Perth batted well throughout the innings, building good partnerships along the way, with the bowlers in the middle overs keeping the run rate in check but the real stars of the show were Big Owen Brown, Timmy Bres and Walts bowling the death overs, which set the tone for the batting innings.
Needing 194 to win, the openers Sammy Williams and Keegan Montgomery set a nice foundation by seeing out the opening bowlers. Keegan got ripped on 12 and Sammy soon followed with 21. The loss of the 2 openers left Jack “Beugs” McDonald and Michael Kelshow at the crease. Jack got off to a cracking start and was into the 20s in no time. Kelso started slower but batted into his innings nicely. Kelso was unfortunately bowled just short of 50 ending the partnership on 104. The loss of the Kelshow sent in the other Big Brown, Tyler. With the Roos needing 7 an over for the last 10 Beugs and TB put on a show, finishing the game with 3 overs to spare. Jack finishing on 80 and Tyler with a very quick 20 odd had the 3s win by 7 wickets in a very mature run chase against a good Perth side.
Perth 177 (Santich 4/25, L Carroll 3/48) def. by Wanneroo 210 (Rae 76, Blythman 57)
The 4s look to keep the winning momentum as they travel to Fletcher “WACA” Park to face a very good Perth side. The day started very well as Skipper Liam won the toss and elected to bat on which looked like a batting paradise.
Openers Tom and Yusuf look to make a positive start to the innings but only to lose Yusuf early in the innings which brought in Jayden “Small head” Rae to the crease. Tom and Jayden put a 96 run partnership for the 2nd which unfortunately ended with Tom hitting in straight down cow corners throat for a well-made 57. Jayden look to continue the onslaught alongside 4th grade import Callum for a 55 run 5th wicket partnership on which also ended with Jayden being dismissed for a very well made 76. With on the hunt for quick runs the 4s lost wickets in quick succession with being all dismissed for a total score of 210.
As the 4s look to defend the mammoth total of 210, things didn’t look to plan as the Perth batters looked to stamp their authority early with the openers posting a dominant opening partnership. Liam brought himself into the attack swinging the momentum back to the 4s favour as he removed both openers and their 1st drop batsmen. The Perth batters looked comfortable chasing the mammoth total but wasn’t until spin king Nic Santo was brought into the attack taking 4 wickets in regular interval to swing the momentum back into Wanneroo’s camp. From that point on the Perth batters had no answers from all the other Wanneroo bowlers with Josh Quelch taking 2 wickets and Sharma taking 1 wicket. With the 4s boys having an impressive victory and bowling out the mighty Perth side for 177. Nic Santo the pick of the bowlers finishing with 4/25.
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