1st Grade Fire in Table-Toppers Clash
1st grade are well within reach of a win over ladder leaders Claremont-Nedlands at Cresswell Park, with the Dragons sitting at 3 for 104 in pursuit of the Tigers’ score of 115.
The hosts won the toss and chose to but quickly found themselves at 4 for 48, with Zach Ferris picking up three early wickets before Ben Gibbon claimed the key scalp of Nick Hobson.
The Tigers steadied with a 52 run fifth wicket partnership before Matt Hanna broke through to open the floodgates as the last six wickets fell for just 15 runs.
It was a day for the seamers, with Ferris leading the way with 5 for 39 from 12.2 overs and Hanna (3/21 from 13 overs) and Gibbon (1/15 from 8 overs) excellent in support.
In reply, the Dragons had an early wobble, with Kallen Bond (10 from 10 balls) and Iszak Milentis (5 from 20 balls) departing with just 21 runs on the board, before D’Arcy Short (16 from 43 balls) couldn’t get home after being called through for a quick single to leave the score at 3 for 46.
With the game in the balance, a mature unbroken 58 run fourth wicket stand between Wornes (36* from 127 balls) and Blair Walsh (33* from 88 balls) seized the initiative back.
2nd grade started very strongly in their clash with Claremont-Nedlands at Burrendah Park, with the visitors sitting at 3 for 15 in response to the Dragons’ score of 289.
Nic Geisler won the toss and chose to bat but the game was up for grabs at 4 for 85, with the Dragons’ top order getting their shot selection wrong.
The innings was salvaged by a 114 run fifth wicket partnership between Lachie Lake (73 from 76 balls) and David Cameron (61 from 145 balls) before being lifted further by a 57 run ninth wicket partnership between Declan Crowder (36 from 51 balls) and Vidit Vashisht (19 from 36 balls).
Being bowled out in 80.3 overs gave the Dragons seven overs at the visitors and they did maximum damage, with substitute fielder Ikky Bhalla taking two catches off the bowling of Cameron Becker (2/4 from 3 overs) and claiming a direct hit run-out from midwicket.
3rd grade managed a score of 222 against Claremont-Nedlands, with the Tigers sitting at none for 5 in response.
The innings missed a big score but was built on a spread of contributors with the promoted Kyall Roach (48 from 96 balls) top-scoring as captain Chris Lagana (39 from 60 balls), Stewart Hepburn (36 from 66 balls, Brennan Wilson (35 from 82 balls), and Harry Hopwood (34 from 57 balls).
4th grade have Claremont-Nedlands 1 for 18 after making 199 with the bat.
The Dragons slipped to 6 for 90 after batting first but Dulina Gamage (62* from 135 balls) ensured a competitive score would be posted, with a 66 run seventh wicket stand with Arnav Pimple (34 from 49 balls) the main partnership of the innings.
Ian D’Souza (1/3 from 4 overs) was the sole wicket-taker in the 12 bowling overs before stumps.
Under 17’s were bowled out for for 170 with nine balls to spare after batting first against Claremont-Nedlands at Melvista Oval.
Lagan Sandhu (34 from 48 balls) and Rajat Deshmukh (33 from 60 balls) finished as the top-scorers for the Dragons.
Under 15’s made a competitive score of 165 on the first day of their fixture against Claremont-Nedlands at Burrendah Park.
Mitch Kukura (55* from 99 balls) continued some good post-Christmas form with the bat, with Luca Boden (39 from 68 balls) also in the runs.