1st grade played out an intriguing day against Subiaco-Floreat at Burrendah Park, with the Lions sitting at 5 for 56 in response to the Dragons score of 163.
Kallen Bond won the toss and chose to bat, with the innings looking in good shape at 2 for 112 before a collapse of 8 for 51 ended it all out for 163 from 67 overs.
Iszak Milentis top scored with 53 from 153 deliveries, with Blair Walsh (27 from 68 balls), Kallen Bond (21 from 20 balls), and Shayne Wornes (20 from 44 balls) all failing to capitalise on starts.
With the ball, the Dragons made the best possible start, with Matt Hanna (2/23 from 5 overs) grabbing two wickets in his first over before the visitors put a run on the board.
The Lions steadied with a 44 run third wicket partnership before Luke Holt (2/12 from 6 overs) and Zach Ferris (1/10 from 5 overs) grabbed important breakthroughs to ram home the advantage as the day drew to a close.
ONE DAY SEMI FINAL
The one day semi final went poorly, with Bayswater-Morely winning by 10 wickets at Hillcrest Reserve.
After batting first, everything went wrong as the Dragons were routed for 50 in just 21.3 overs.
The Bears only needed 22 balls to get over the target, not losing a wicket along the way.
2nd grade have a big target to chase next week, with Subiaco-Floreat putting 279 on the board on day one of their fixture at Floreat Park.
Wickets for Vidit Vashisht (2/27 from 14 overs) and returning captain Nic Geisler (2/45 from 13 overs) gave the Dragons a decent start, reducing the Lions to 3 for 33, but some strong middle order partnerships ensured they put up an impressive score.
As the day drifted on, Cameron Becker switched from seam up to off spin and showed he can do it all, grabbing 6 for 82 from 32.5 overs.
3rd grade recovered from a middle order wobble to finish all out for 229 in their game against Subiaco-Floreat at Burrendah Park.
The Dragons looked in good shape early at 2 for 102, with Brennan Wilson (36 from 38 balls), Harry Hopwood (33 from 56 balls), and Ellis Cassidy (32 from 62 balls) all going well, but a collapse of 6 for 46 left the game in the balance at 8 for 148.
From there, Chris Lagana (68 from 133 balls) and James Andrews (37 from 80 balls) were outstanding, with their 77 run ninth wicket partnership ensuring the momentum was seized back.
4th grade are well in the contest against Subiaco-Floreat at Alderbury Reserve, with the Lions finishing their batting innings at 7 for 212.
Captain Dev Singh was the best with the ball for the Dragons, picking up 4 for 60 from his 21 overs.
Under 17’s had the best of the first day in their clash with Subiaco-Floreat at Burrendah Park, restricting the Lions to 9 for 156 from their 50 overs.
The day may have been even better at 8 for 98, but some strong lower order partnerships ensured the visitors put something of a score on the board.
Ben Mitchell (3/29 from 10 overs) and Dulina Gamage (2/25 from 8 overs) were the best of the bowlers for the Dragons.
Under 15’s bowled first in their encounter with Subiaco-Floreat at Alderbury Reserve, with the Lions scoring 7 for 199 from their 50 overs.
Tom Dobson (3/16 from 10 overs) and Mitch Hole (3/45 from 10 overs) continued strong seasons with the ball.