After being rolled for 148, the 1st innings went down to the wire with Bayswater-Morley passing the total with one wicket in hand. Matt “Anthrax” Spoors (3/31) and Matt “Dzdzdzdz” Dzodzos (3/12) trucked hard but couldn’t close the deal.
Skipper Travis “Big Birt” Birt rallied his troops and led from the front by opening the batting in the 2nd innings. In an innings that astounded and amazed players and spectators, Birt hit 28 runs off the first over and 52 runs off just 15 deliveries and the Roo Train charged to 5 declared for 169. Rob “Handbrake” Richards fed the strike to Birt before accelerating himself to score 69.
Defending a small total with time running out, Jack “Amnesia” Cattrall built up a head of steam and tore through the Bears batting lineup, taking 6/20 off 14 overs as the Roos rolled the Bears for just 75 to claim an incredible reverse outright.
With Bayswater-Morley limping at 7/83 overnight chasing Wanneroo’s 166, the Roos took to the field with confidence and took the 8th wicket for 109. But that was the only sniff of victory for the day, as Grant Thistle (120*) and Luke Waterhouse (74) combined for a huge 156 run partnership to win by two wickets. Adam “Jackson Maine” Smith returned solid figures of 4/46.
Chasing 210 at Kingsway 2, the Magees started strongly with Cam “Old” MacDonald (82), Mitch “Slatts 2.1” Slattery (33) and Michael “Kelso 2.0” Kelsey (34) steering the ship to 2/180. Unfortunately the ship then exploded with the Roos losing 8/29 and losing by an agonizing one run.
Defending 237, our young Al Gores plugged away in the until Jack Maraldo came on as 4th change and backed up his 58 with the bat by taking 5/40 and rolling the Bears for 184.
Female Youth League
We bowled first having won the toss. Sharing the load we restricted Melville to 114 with Meagham “Phil” Emery snaring her first victim of the season, LB plum in front. The remainder of the bowling was efficient and restricted a very strong Melville side.
Our batting didn’t start well and never really got going until Shayna “SJ” Jesani steadied the ship again, playing an anchor role with sound defence and technique. Periodic resistance was offered briefly by Emma “Specter” Harvey and Emery until we were all out with 2 overs to spare.
The girls secured a great victory in Round 2 at home to Midland, lost narrowly at Rocky Mandurah and were well beaten in the other 3 Rounds so will not make finals.
The competitive season has now finished leaving a solid foundation for next season made possible by the Coaching Team of Sarah “Fuzzy” Clear, Dave “DC” Clear and Warren “Becks” Beckwith. Just two further Academy sessions remain on both the 14th and 28th February 2019 with a wind up to follow towards the end of the season; date TBC.
Despite restricting Bayswater-Morley to 170, our 17s had a shocking collapse and were dismissed for just 82. Sam Williams (3/30) was the star with the ball, while Lachie “Hendo” Henderson top scored with 28.
Our 15s were defending 159, but unfortunately Bayswater-Morely romped it in with 8 wickets in hand, led by Elijah Ward-Armstrong (139*). The Bears finished with a mamoth 2/270.
Banished to the field at Kingsway 1, Wanneroo restricted Joondalup to 175 from 50 overs. Adam “Jerry” Lewis (3/26) and M “Billie Jean” Lonnie (3/35) trucked hard with the ball.
Despite a valiant effort with the bat, the Roos fell 17 runs short, reaching 5/158 after 50 overs. Runs were shared with six batsmen scoring 17 or more, but none could kick on to reach 30+.
The youngest Roos won the toss and elected to field, which was an excellent decision as they dismissed Joondalup for just 80. Reece “Texas Ranger” Walker was the hero with the ball, taking 4/5 off 4.3 overs.
The Roos cruised to victory with 7 wickets in hand, with runs shared. Well done 13s!
For full results, visit our Match Centre vs. Baywater-Morley: http://www.wanneroodcc.com.au/match-centre-wdcc-vs-bayswater-morley/