1st Grade have continued their winning momentum as they push towards finals, beating Gosnells by 84 runs at Sutherlands Park.
The hosts won the toss and elected to bowl, with captain Kallen Bond unable to back up his magnificent effort last week, falling caught and bowled without scoring.
Two in-form batters in Iszak Milentis and Shayne Wornes went to work, putting the Dragons in a strong position with a 129 run stand for the second wicket, before Milentis fell LBW to spin.
Blair Walsh joined Wornes and found some rhythm, making 22 before being bowled around his legs trying to up the tempo.
Wornes carried on to post a magnificent hundred, before opening his shoulders towards the end of the innings, with a healthy edge behind seeing him depart for a brilliant 125.
John Sanders came and went for 10 as a late shuffle of the order due to conditions at the ground saw the left handed Matt Hanna promoted, playing his role with 14 from 11 deliveries as the Dragons posted a score of 6 for 256 from their 50 overs.
In reply, the new ball combination of Zach Ferris and Matt Hanna started well as the Hawks were reduced to 3 for 33.
Gosnells settled into the contest with a 54 run partnership for the 4th wicket, before the impressive Luke Holt provided an important breakthrough.
The Dragons applied the screws on a young batting side as the required run rate climbed, eventually bowling Gosnells out for 172 after 43.2 overs.
Holt was the standout bowler again, taking 3 for 38 from his 10 overs, with Ferris (2/17 from 5 overs), Bond (2/21 from 5 overs), Waheguru Dhillon (2/27 from 8.2 overs), and Hanna (1/22 from 6 overs) all in the wickets.
One Day Preliminary Final
The Dragons suffered some heartbreak in the One Day preliminary final, going down to Mount Lawley by 6 wickets at Breckler Park.
The Dragons were strengthened by the inclusions of Cameron Bancroft and D’Arcy Short, fresh out of quarantine, but started shakily with the bat, being reduced to 4 for 67 with the star pair, Iszak Milentis, and Kallen Bond back in the sheds.
A recovery came courtesy of Shayne Wornes and John Sanders, who put on a 78 run partnership for the 5th wicket, but both batters fell caught at deep midwicket in quick succession to stall the momentum.
The lower order struggled to find rhythm as the visitors were bowled out for 179 in the 48th over, with Zach Ferris scoring his first run for the club something of a highlight.
The Dragons started well with the ball, with Ferris, Waheguru Dhillon, and Short all picking up wickets to reduce the hosts to 3 for 46.
Unfortunately, it was all Mount Lawley from there, losing just one more wicket as they cruised past the target in the 37th over.
2nd grade won in a nail-biter, beating Gosnells by 7 runs at Burrendah.
Ellis Cassidy won the toss and elected to bat as the new opening partnership of Stewart Hepburn and Sean Boers started well, putting on 39 before Hepburn was bowled.
Boers posted 50 and then fell on the sweep, as the engine room of Liam Hindle (14), Cassidy (28), and Lachie Lake (16) came and went.
After Ethan Smith fell for 7, the Dragons needed a lift to post a competitive score, with David Cameron (35* from 44 balls) and Lachie Searle (30* from 36 balls) stepping up again to shepherd the score to 6 for 209 from 50 overs.
In reply, The Hawks looked solid with the bat, seemingly having the game in hand at 3 for 174 in the 45th over.
However, the required rate climbed as the Dragons took the game deep, and some excellent death bowling saw the visitors only manage 6 for 202 from their 50 overs.
New ball pair James Andrews (2/37 from 10 overs) and Searle (1/47 from 10 overs) maintained some good form, with Jordan Hodgetts (1/22 from 10 overs) continuing to impress, and Cassidy (2/30 from 10 overs) coming up clutch at the death.
3rd grade have kept on their winning ways, winning over Gosnells by 67 runs.
The Dragons batted first and posted 203 from their 44.1 overs, an innings underpinned by a 92 run partnership between Marc Gardener (58) and Bevan Hargrave (45), with Raghav Raj (31) also contributing.
Gosnells looked to be in with a shout at 4 for 116 in the 34th over, but a strong Dragons bowling effort saw the last 6 wickets fall for just 20 runs, with the hosts finishing all out for 136 in the 41st over.
Chris Lagana (4/8 from 7.3 overs) triggered the collapse and ran through the tail, with Bevan Hargrave (3/26 from 9 overs) continuing some strong form, as Dev Singh (1/9 from 4 overs) and Stuart Smith (1/14 from 4 overs) also picked up wickets.
4th grade stayed in the winning habit, defeating Gosnells by 8 wickets.
The Dragons bowled first and restricted the Hawks to 152, with Jarod Bridge (3/29 from 9 overs), Aaron McCall (2/14 from 7.5 overs), and Braydon Lee (2/25 from 9 overs) the multiple wicket takers, with Arnav Pimple (1/20 from 9 overs) and Brad Hurst (1/26 from 4 overs) also in on the action.
The Dragons came out swinging and knocked off their target after 29 overs, with Harry Grigson (50*) continuing some hot form, supported by Kris Elliot (42) and Matthew Gleeson (40).
Under 17’s picked up another win, beating Gosnells by 21 runs at Sutherlands Park.
The Dragons batted first and managed the same score as last week, finishing with a strong score 3 for 136 from their 20 overs, helped by strong late innings efforts from Bradie Paliethorpe (55* from 40 deliveries) and Brayden Lee (34* from 24 deliveries).
Gosnells could only manage 6 for 115 in reply, with Lawson Baker (3/21 from 4 overs), Kai D’Souza (1/12 from 3 overs), and Ajit Pal Singh (1/25 from 3 overs) picking up wickets.
Under 15’s demolished Gosnells by 8 wickets at Burrendah.
An extremely strong bowling performance saw the visitors restricted to just 9 for 55 from their 20 overs, with Pavasan Govender (3/14 from 4 overs), Veedi Pelpola (2/5 from 4 overs), Blake Stephen (2/5 from 2 overs), and Jevan Buckland (1/10 from 4 overs) all doing the job.
The Dragons needed just 8 overs to secure a win, with Lewis Giles (35 from 27 balls) doing the heavy lifting.
Under 14’s got the chocolates over Gosnells in a one day fixture at Sutherlands Park, winning by 41 runs.
The Dragons batted first and posted a solid score of 7 for 204 from their 50 overs, a strong recovery from 4 for 48 led by Isaak Wittkuhn (50), Lalkrishna Rajasekharan (47), and Mitch Hole (37).
The Hawks could only manage 163 inside 37.4 overs, with the in-form Ayush Sarin (3/47 from 9 overs) backed up by Whitkuhn (2/12 from 5 overs) and Hole (2/16 from 5 overs) carrying their batting form into the bowling innings.
Under 13’s ensured a clean sweep of junior wins, beating Gosnells by 64 runs at Burrendah.
The Dragons batted first and managed 9 for 181 from their 40 overs, with Caleb Florrison (72) the star.
Gosnells started well but never threatened the total, finishing at 7 for 117 from their 40 overs, with Deven Arya (3/28 from 6 overs), Puru Aren (2/12 from 8 overs), and Florrison (2/11 from 4 overs) doing the damage.