Weekend Wrap – South Perth

First grade was the shining light for the club this week, in what was otherwise a valiant attempt by other grades without quite getting the biscuits. The Tr33s very nearly pulled off a huge chase, while Richardson Park (sponsored by Coca Cola) turned out not to be a happy hunting ground.

1st Grade

Wanneroo 8/336 def. South Perth 10/253

Week one of the match the boys arrived at the ground nice and early, surprised by the President’s decision to leave the outfield un-mowed, but generally excited for the days play ahead.

Rodney (Birt) continued his great recent record at the toss, winning and choosing to bat. The married couple (Millar and Richards) again blunted the opposition attack by posting another 20+ opening stand (4 out of 5 for the year). Unfortunately Richards then departed, but it did not stop the Roos momentum, with Kelvin giving South Perth an extended tour of Kingsway in his innings of 44. From here Birt came to the crease and tore the game apart, scoring 103 off 86 balls, a pleasure to watch. Meanwhile at the other end Millar (89 off 252) was putting together a clinic in disciplined batting, anchoring the innings. The Birt and Millar partnership was an impressive 140 runs. The team finished up with a total of 336 off the full allotted overs, in part due to a considered 40 off 40 from (no hamstrings) Del Borrello.

By some kind of miracle the second week greeted us with an even hotter day in the field, but fortunately we had an extensive list of fast bowlers to call on. The bowling innings started well with the Roos having the upper hand at 6-104. A solid 100 run partnership from here though brought the game closer to a balance. After tea an inspired bowling partnership from Carrots Eaton and Gandeep Singh Singh put the match to bed and ended the day in the dirt, with South Perth finishing all out for 253. Eaton (3-47), A. Smith (3-60), Richards (1-18 off 15 overs) and Singh (3-59) were the best of the bowlers.

2nd Grade

Wanneroo 147 def. by South Perth 206

The twos started well when the 3rd grade captain who has played 1’s but not 3’s yet, stepped in as 2nd grade captain and won the toss, choosing to bat on a road with the temperature forecast to reach 600 degrees.

After that went downhill with both openers dismissed cheaply. Following the early stumble, Fairchild (39) and Dixon (28) made it look far too easy for a while and managed to put on about 50 for the 3rd wicket. However, that was genuinely it (apart from a B grade Ben Cousins impersonator having a fully clothed shower in the changerooms before sitting outside for 2 hours and showing everyone that there’s more than one use for a coke can) and the team stumbled to 147 shortly before a tea which can be purchased in total for just over $60 at Coles and could have anyone thinking they’re surely at Melvista or McGillvray (3/10 at best).

The bowling/fielding display was far better and featured only one Poulter misplaced long barrier. Leigh Millar (3-54) had spirits high as South Perth found themselves 3-32, the big Camel with all 3. The hosts were able to consolidate to 4-105 at the end of the first day’s play, leaving the roos with plenty to do.

The second week’s efforts were again very solid, some great bowling from Chris Quelch (2-43) had everyone feeling hopeful at 6-118, but ultimately some bloke batted pretty well and they got past the total with relative ease. Walter (2-29) did what he does best and smashed the stumps of some tail-enders and South Perth were all out for 204.

The boys were sent back in for another hit which initially looked like it would end at tea, another occasion dominated by supermarket products going directly from a packet to a plate or bowl, but their captain wanted an outright and 2 wickets straight after the lollies and biscuit break had them feeling optimistic. Luckily for the Roos, Deon “Rahul the wall Kohli is greatest batsman go India 😍😍😍” Billington and Chad “spatchy13” Hitchcock were impenetrable and blunted it for 25 overs for the roos to end on 3/46.

Work to be done with the bat but some great bowling and fielding is a very positive sign going forward.

Also poults had a date on Friday night and it went well.

Go Roos!

3rd Grade

Wanneroo 8/287 def. by South Perth 8/295

On a day where the 17s had already spent 50 overs in the field Ards managed to successfully toss the coin in favour of the opposing captain. This resulted in the Roos Boys facing 80 overs in the field on a hot summer day.  Early wickets would be crucial on the “Vinnie Clarke Highway”.

Two early break throughs from Jared “Apple” Maunder and Yassen “Yas” Afridi were happily accepted. The visitors then began to create a solid partnership putting on 138 runs until Darcy Forssman came to the party with 4-85. After a long 80 overs South Perth left a big chase of 296 runs to win.

Hally and Ards strode to the crease (slowly) but with purpose. With the big chase imminent Hally was the first to go, followed by Ards who left one on his stumps because “it was too hot”. In came Aryan “Kohli” Varsani and Jack “the new Uber” McDonald putting on a solid 108 run partnership with Aryan ending up on 90 and Jack 48. With a fighting effort from Darcy (54) and Tim “Whippy ” Harris (38) we pulled the big total within reach. Unfortunately we ran out of time and the boys were unable to get the win losing by 8 runs.

4th Grade

Wanneroo 10/242 def. by South Perth 5/256

On what can be described as the hottest weekend of the season so far, our mighty leader Liam Carroll put South Perth into the field. A reasonable start from Williams & Bonner saw Wanneroo 34-1 with Williams departing for 12. In came Michael “Floppy” Kelsey who helped steady the ship. Soon after Bonner departed for a hard fought 47, leaving the visitors 76-2. Our mighty leader departed for two bringing in J Rae who firmly stepped up to plate and amassed a superb partnership with Kelso. J Rae would go on to make a fantastic 51 and Kelso also made a gritty 49. Some quick wickets from South Perth and some extremely useful runs from Henderson, Haddrill and blistering running between the wickets from Danaher saw Wanneroo All out for 224. South Perth came out firing on all cylinders to make early inroads to the boundary by the close of play.

The second day they started in much the same way as they meant to go on hitting boundaries most overs; a break through from Boyce saw South Perth 1-54. Williams followed soon after picking up another wicket but South Perth seem to build partnerships making it difficult for Wanneroo to take control of the game. In desperation Ghengis decided to give Pavel Florin a bowl, who nearly golden-armed a LBW on his third ball, however Jay from Inbetweeners could not convince the umpire it was hitting all three pegs. South Perth finished 256-5d at the end of day two.

Under 17 T20 Women

South Perth 7/110 def. Wanneroo 10/58

Our female Roo’s went down for the 2nd week in a row in Round 7 away v South Perth. Circumstances were similar to that of the defeat last week at Melville. Bowling first our attack did well to restrict South Perth to 110-7. Again our strength proved to be our efficient bowling attack, happily bowling in units supporting each other and applying necessary pressure to generate wickets. Wickets were again shared 1 a piece with our opening attack of Emma Schonfeldt and Danni Eckley. Additional wickets 2 a piece were taken by Josie Beckett and Ella Stewart, both completing 4 overs each and both enjoying some notable scalps.

However in what appeared to be a gettable total became increasingly difficult with us neglecting to keep the ball on the floor, thus resulting in wickets falling at regular intervals and eventually our female Roo’s being bowled out for a modest 58. Learning is taking place each week, for small periods we kept the the score ticking over with sensible 1’s and 2’s, good assertive running and more importantly not hitting the ball in the air.  We entertain Rocky Mandurah at home next week on Kingsway 2.

Seventeens Men 

Wanneroo 8/243 def. South Perth 6/149

The 17’s travelled all the way to their home ground at Kingsway to face South Perth on what was a stinking hot day. Skipper Jack “ordinary mullet” McDonald was forced to watch the South Perth skipper call correctly and send his team out into the howling easterly beeeze. Hayden “Sticks” Stumpers was nearly blown away in the breeze but still managed to remove the opener early with the unpickable slower ball he has developed. A small partnership formed as the 17’s fast bowlers failed to land their front foot behind the front line before Sharad “S.Money” Jessani bamboozled the last surviving opening batsman to leave South Perth reeling at 2/35. A flurry of wickets from Connor “run machine” Spangenberg and Nicholas “Tiprat” Santich had South Perth in even more trouble at 5/70. Some late order hitting pushed South Perth to a tricky total of 149. The pick of the bowlers was Santich picking up 2/8 off his 5 overs.

In what was a day of carnage for the South Perth Bowlers, the Wanneroo batsman feasted on a flat Kingsway 2 wicket. Lachlan “lead legs” Dargie fell first after a good opening partnership of 55 with Sam “When I was in England” Williams, who also made a handy score of 22. This only made things worse for South Perth, as out strolled the competitions benchmark batsman, Connor Spangenberg. The run hungry batsman took apart yet another bowling attack as he belted his way to a 77 ball 87. Only a run out could stop this man from making his 2nd century for the season. Unfortunately, Jaymin “hates a 50” Patel had decided that the South Perth bowlers have suffered enough and proceeded to fire up the matador 4-burner, running out Connor with the score on 195. After a few quick wickets and Jaymin falling for 49, Jayden “20 inch forearms” Rae belted a cheeky little 16 off only 8 balls to push the 17’s to a final score of 8/243 off their 50 overs. A second win for the season for the building u17’s.

Fifteens Men 

South Perth 9/168 def. Wanneroo 10/124

We lost the toss on a scorcher and had a bowl. Picking up regular wickets the boys toiled away well with Cody Billington, Jack Corbellini and Joe McCarthy keeping the pressure on. The spin was then called on with Riley Wills and Matt Carroll bowling well in tandem and slowing their run rate. South Perth ended up with 168 from their 50 overs after some late runs. The pick of the bowlers was Matt Carroll with 2 for 31 with a a spread of wickets amongst the others with a couple of Run Outs to Kane Pearce. It was the best bowling/fielding performance of the season.

Returning on Day 2 to chase down a modest target on another hot morning we lost early wickets until a good partnership with Blake Holly and Kane Pearce before Kane was dismissed. Following this there were regular wickets to fall with the boys being dismissed for 124. Blake was best with the bat with 44 and Kane finished with 23. Another opportunity next game in a 50 over fixture where we host Midland Guildford.

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