It was a good weekend for the mighty Roos, with many games against multiple opponents. Following a disappointing first round the men bounced back strongly on Saturday against Bayswater Morley with 3 from 4 wins. Similarly the 17s women won out in a nail biter against South Perth. The fire continued in the Sunday 1s/2s fixtures with both teams securing wins in hard fought games. Overall some stand out performances smattered across what was really a solid full team and club display.
Rd 2 WDCC (5/220) def. Bayswater Morley (189)
With three debutants, and a few old faces returning, the A-grade boys were primed and ready to take on Bayswater Morley at Hillcrest Park. After a steady start Rob Richards (20) and Kyle Millar (35) saw off the new ball. The new opening pair produced a steady platform for Travis “Big T” Birt to launch and score a chance-less run a ball hundred. With 220 on the Board, and a bowler down the Dream Spin Trio of Kyle Millar, Gagandeep Singh, and Kelvin Smith squeezed the Bayswater Morley middle order, before golden Arm Rob Richards took 5 for 14 from 3.2 overs to lead the boys to their first win of the season.
Rd 3 WDCC (9/222) def. Gosnells (192)
On a high from the day before the Ones packed their bags and made the journey to Sutherlands in the Deep South. Following quite close to the previous day’s game plan in nearly all aspects except 6-hitting, a score of 220 was set and then defended with a middle over squeeze by the Trio. After partaking in a morning barbecue Rob Richards (86) showed great character in anchoring the innings deep into the final overs while Kelvin ‘unusual but effective boxing technique’ Smith (56) showed his class with his first half-century in the Roos colours. Opening the bowling, Caiden started the defence with two early wickets (that included a snare at 2nd slip by Travis Birt). Gosnells fought back but consistently lost wickets throughout the day due to a strong bowling unit performance led again by the spinners (Kyle Millar 3/37, Kelvin Smith 2/40, Gagendeep Singh 2/43).
With 2 wins, 1 draw and no losses the Ones are sitting 4th on the ladder.
Rd 2 WDCC (8/155) def. Bayswater Morley (152)
The Twos were sent in to bat by Bayswater-Morley on what proved to be a tricky batting surface. Wickets fell regularly until Chad Hitchcock and Deon Billington came together at 6/85 to get to the ‘defendable’ total of 155, with Billington making a classy 44. With a bit of a task ahead all the bowlers combined to strangle Bayswater-Morley, backed up by some excellent fielding to get the win by 3 runs in an absolute cliffhanger! New skipper Daniel Sadik led the way with 4 wickets while young guns Riley Holly and Michael Herbst showed they have ice in their veins to finish the job in the final overs!
Rd 3 WDCC (205) def. Gosnells (153)
Thrown in to bat once again on Sunday there was an early collapse until Chad Hitchcock and Rob Fairchild came together at 4/19 to put on a nice 50 run partnership. Enter Callum Douglas who put on 80 with Fairchild until BBQing the senior player for a well compiled 75. Douglas continued on to guide the Magoos to a respectable 205 on a very slow outfield to finish with 58 after running himself out on the last ball of the innings. Apart from some very clean hitting by one of the Gosnells batsman, they were never a shout. Another clinical bowling performance backed up by some excellent fielding saw them bowled out for 153. J. Slattery, G.Dixon, R.Holly and D.Billington all sharing the wickets, Billington being the pick of the bunch with 2/22 from his 10.
Rd 2 WDCC (174) def. by Bayswater Morley (204)
The L3gends had their first game of the season this week, however was not the start they were after falling short by 30 runs. With original skipper John Walter finding himself in the 1s Mike Ardagh stood in as captain and the 3s were sent out into the field. Leigh Miller and Donny Fryer opened the bowling with good spells each and Leigh getting the breakthrough with a catch at gully by the skipper. However the highlight came from a “screamer” taken by Graeme Atkinson at mid-on off the bowling of Leigh Miller. Bayswater finished on 7/204 with Leigh (3/34) and Ardagh (2/37) leading the wickets. With a solid score to chase the 3s started strong with an opening partnership from Ardagh and Allan Hall that included a “Trav like” hitting display from Ardagh (31). The loss of wickets however proved a struggle for the boys before a glimmer of hope appeared in a late partnership from Donny (45) and Gra (39). Their wickets proving to be the final nail in the coffin for the boys.
Rd 2 WDCC (8/194) def. Bayswater Morley (162)
In the 4th graders first game at home, Our Glorious Leader Carroll continued his coin tossing form and sent Bayswater out to have a bowl. A very strong start from both openers saw out their opening bowlers while ticking the scoreboard over, Jacob ‘Plank’ Bonner with a patient 14 and Tim Harris resolute with an impressive 39. After Bonners stumps were destroyed young gun Jaymin Patel founded a partnership with Tim to withstand the middle overs, Jaymin finally caught for a strong 48. Some big hitting from Yaseen and some impressive striking from the tail-enders found Wanneroo with a final total of 194 for 8. The Bayswater openers started strong but a breakthrough by Dom sparked a collapse throughout the Bayswater innings, led further by Tyler Ong’s tight bowling and 3 wickets. Some death bowling from the Supreme Leader sailed Wanneroo to a 32 run win and our Dear Leaders first win as captain.
Under 17 T20 Women
Rd 2 WDCC (89) def. South Perth (79)
Wanneroo secured a fantastic win in Round 2 over South Perth. Last season South Perth were formidable opponents however this season was a nail biter and showed an inner spirt within Wanneroo that kept us fighting. The Roos were asked to bat first and lost early wickets but re-established themselves thanks to Shayna Jesani 29, Ella Stewart and Tene Crafford all spending quality time at the crease with the latter sharing 9 each. A final flourish from the tail produced valuable runs and showed what can be achieved with assertive and confident calling; finally posting a healthy total of 89.
Wickets were shared among our bowlers. Emma Schonfeldt adding another wicket from the week before alongside the ever impressive Josie Beckett who also snagged one. Wickets were hard to come by but efficient bowling during the middle phase of South Perth’s innings produced several run outs from Emilie Nicholls and Josie Beckett. A wicket from Ella Stewart from a tidy 4 over spell held the visitors up enabling Captain Shayna Jesani to take a wicket to leave South Perth short on 7/79 securing a well-deserved victory for the Roos. The non-playing squad should also take great pride from the result, all the girls provided an environment that contributed to the victory and showed we have a cohesive squad.
Seventeens Men (Match in Progress)
Rd 2 WDCC chasing 280 v Bayswater Morley
Fifteens Men (Match in Progress)
Rd 2 WDCC chasing 135 v Bayswater Morley
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