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Dragon Delight in Long and Short Form


1ST GRADE

1st grade weren’t able to secure an outright win over Joondalup, with last week’s first innings points safely in the bank.


The Centurions required another 74 runs to make the Dragons bat again as they resumed at none for 10, and ensured that wasn’t to be with a much more solid batting performance the second time around, with the teams shaking hands at 7 for 203 after 71 overs on the second day.


Matt Hanna continued some excellent bowling form, taking 3 for 40 from 19 overs, with Luke Holt (1/17 from 5 overs), Waheguru Dhillon (1/29 from 16 overs), and Brock Larance (1/47 from 20 overs) also making breakthroughs.


2ND GRADE

2nd grade beat Joondalup in dramatic fashion late in the day at Burrendah Park, winning by 3 wickets with 14 balls to spare.


In pursuit of the Centurions score of 262, the opening session was a typical Burrendah grind, with Amrit Singh (58 from 144 balls) and Ethan Smith (26 from 127 balls) getting through to lunch with 56 runs on the board.


The departure of the two set batters along with Declan Crowder to start the middle session left the Dragons with work to do at 3 for 92, with Sean Boers (42 from 77 balls) and David Cameron (37 from 47 balls) playing their part before losing their wickets trying to up the tempo.


The task of winning the game at the death fell to Cameron Becker (44* from 36 balls) and Ikky Bhalla (23* from 19 balls), who came up clutch with an unbroken 50 run 8th wicket partnership to secure a famous win.


3RD GRADE

3rd grade were unfortunately on the wrong end of an exciting finish, with Joondalup getting over the line with 1 wicket to spare.


Defending last week’s total of 182, consistent wickets throughout the day from an even spread of contributors set up the game, with Jordan Hodgetts (2/32 from 14 overs), Brayden Lee (1/20 from 13 overs), Chris Lagana (1/21 from 9 overs), Zac Blazevich (1/25 from 11 overs), Jagan Singh (1/29 from 7.1 overs), and James Scott (1/38 from 16.5 overs) all getting involved.


Unfortunately, the Dragons couldn’t get the wicket that mattered most, with an unbeaten 21 run last wicket partnership getting the Centurions over the line.


4TH GRADE

A strong finish helped 4th grade beat Joondalup by 3 wickets.


In pursuit of their target of 183, the game hung in the balance with the Dragons at 6 for 112 and top scorer Lachie Searle (40 from 107 balls) back in the sheds.


Josh Kuser (39 from 71 balls) and Josh Nathan (28* from 85 balls) then combined for a 60 run 6th wicket partnership that got the Dragons within cooee of a win, with the 14 year old Nathan hitting the winning runs in an innings showing maturity well beyond his years.


PREMIER T2O

The Premier T20 team beat the Country XI by 43 runs at Burrendah Park.


It was a day of debuts for the Dragons, with English left armer Ben Gibbon playing his first game for the club as Iszak Milentis skippered a top level Willetton side for the first time.


Milentis won the toss and chose to bat, with a score of 6 for 150 from 20 overs accelerated late by John Sanders, who made 41 not out from 31 balls.


In reply, the visitors never seriously threatened in the chase despite some big sixes, ending up with 6 for 107 from their 20 overs.


Matt Hanna was the star with the ball, taking 4 for 23 from his 4 overs, with Gibbon (2 for 18 from 4 overs) showing his skills as Luke Holt (1/14 from 2 overs) and Waheguru Dhillon (2/15 from 4 overs) spun a web.


COLTS LEAGUE

A strong Colts League side started their campaign in winning fashion, beating the Country XI by 55 runs at Burrendah Park.


The Dragons batted first and posted a strong score of 5 for 166 from 20 overs supported by 9 sixes, with Luke Holt (42* from 31 balls), John Sanders (36 from 28 balls), Ethan Smith (25 from 9 balls) clearing the ropes.


A well rounded bowling performance saw the visitors bowled out for 111 after 19.2 overs, with nominal wicket-keeper Sanders the best with the ball, grabbing 3 for 14 from 4 overs, with Kai D’Souza (2/9 from 2 overs), Holt (1/13 from 4 overs), James Andrews (1/12 from 1.2 overs), Declan Crowder (1/20 from 3 overs), and James Scott (1/23 from 2 overs) all chipping in.


UNDER 17’S

Under 17’s held their nerve late to beat Joondalup by 9 runs at Iluka Sports Complex.


Defending last week’s score of 211, regular wickets ensured the Centurions were always behind the required run rate, using all of their 50 overs to make 202.


In-form bowlers Jagan Singh (2/19 from 10 overs), Dulina Gamage (2/32 from 8 overs), and Blake Stephen (2/33 from 7 overs) grabbed multiple victims.


UNDER 15’S

Under 15’s lost to Joondalup by 3 wickets at Burrendah Park.


Mitch Hole (3/34 from 10 overs) claimed an early trio of scalps to leave the Centurions in trouble at 3 for 14, but they steadied to see themselves past the target with 22 balls to spare.


Ayush Sarin (2/21 from 10 overs) and Jude Strachan (1/18 from 9 overs) were the other wicket takers.


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