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1st grade held on to avoid an outright loss against Perth at Burrendah Park.
Having already dropped first innings points last week, with the visitors responding to the Dragons’ score of 111 with 8 for 136, Ben Gibbon (2/35 from 12.4 overs) and Matt Hanna (2/16 from 14 overs) grabbed the last 2 wickets to bowl the visitors out for 148 from 57.4 overs.
After getting another go with the bat, a loss over two innings looked a distinct possibility as the Dragons slipped to 4 for 17, with Kallen Bond, Iszak Milentis, Shayne Wornes, and Brock Larance coming and going.
Blair Walsh batted beautifully to dig out of the hole, making 83 not out from 139 deliveries, with good support from debutant Amrit Singh (34 from 92 balls), as the pair shared a critical 88 run fifth wicket partnership.
Walsh’s innings gave Bond the chance to make a game of the afternoon session, with the captain declaring the innings closed at 8 for 177 after 54 overs, giving Perth 20 overs to chase a target of 140.
Guru Dhillon (1/4 from 2 overs) and Ben Gibbon (1/29 from 5 overs) grabbed wickets but the Demons were happy to bank the points, easing to 2 for 45 from 13 overs before the teams shook hands.
2nd grade bowled Perth out for 222 to wrap up a 45 run win at Fletcher Park.
Defending last week’s total of 267, the Dragons started like a house on fire, with Cameron Becker grabbing a wicket before the scoring was opened, followed by Oliver Arkinstall grabbing four of his own to reduce the hosts to 5 for 34.
A 106 run sixth wicket partnership got the Demons back in the game before being broken by Luke Holt, before Arkinstall picked up three more and Holt grabbed the last to wrap the game up.
Arkinstall’s outstanding effort of 7 for 62 from his 18 overs came with good support from Holt (2/60 from 21.4 overs) and Becker (1/34 from 12 overs).
3rd grade’s attempt at an outright win didn’t bear much fruit, but they still ended as the happier side thanks to winning on first innings points last week.
Resuming at 2 for 144, having already overcome the Demons’ total of 96, the Dragons chased quick runs, declaring their innings closed at 7 for 203 after 53.5 overs.
Arnav Pimple (2/18 from 4 overs) took care of both openers to have hopes of an outright alive, but the Demons showed more resolve than their first innings in getting to 3 for 110 from 31 overs before the teams shook hands, with Ellis Cassidy (1/11 from 3 overs) the other wicket-taker.
4th grade couldn’t pull off a miracle, losing to Perth by 61 runs.
Resuming in a deep hole at 5 for 21 in pursuit of the Demons’ total 150, Ben Mitchell (41 from 85 balls) showed plenty of fight but lacked support, with a final score of 89 showing the difficulty of batting conditions.
The hosts batted again and further illustrated the point, being reduced to 5 for 66 inside 21.5 overs, with wickets for Blake Stephen (2/23 from 7 overs) and Chanuth Wijelath (2/16 from 6 overs).
Under 17’s got over Perth’s score of 166 with six wickets to spare at Burrendah Park.
Kyall Roach was the star of the show, making 110 not out from 121 deliveries, putting on a 102 run fourth wicket stand with Lawson Baker (28 from 75 balls).
Under 15’s fell just short of a famous win, with Perth getting over their total of 61 with two wickets to spare at Fletcher Park.
Isaak Wittkuhn (4/8 from 3.5 overs), Tom Dobson (1/8 from 5 overs), and Lachlan Famlonga (1/10 from 6 overs) followed up last week’s good work from Mitch Hole (3/22 from 10 overs) and Anyeschkanna Mayurathan (¼ from 3 overs), but it wasn’t quite enough, with the hosts making 69 from 32.5 overs.
Under 14’s had a massive win over Gosnells, beating the Hawks by 194 runs at Burrendah Park.
The visitors won the toss and bowled, a call they may have been rueing as the Dragons notched up a huge score of 6 for 263 from 44 overs, with Luca Boden (86 from 85 balls) and Thewmin Kannangarra (68 from 105 balls) the stars.
The visitors could only manage 69 from 37.5 overs in response, with Puru Aren (2/5 from 2 overs) and Joel Vlasic (2/12 from 5 overs) the only multiple wicket-takers in an all-round bowling effort, as five others grabbed claimed one victim each.
Under 13’s overcame Gosnells in a nail-biter, winning by 4 runs at Burrendah Park.
The Dragons batted first and managed 9 for 135 from their 40 overs, with Callum Dermody top scoring with 45 from 69 balls.
A solid fielding effort was the noteworthy aspect of the Hawks’ response of 8 for 131 from their 40 overs, with 4 run-outs including 3 for Alyssa Dermody.