While all eyes were on the Ireland - Afghanistan test, we threw a quick glance at those playing down under this weekend.
Sean Terry’s Melville side played a 2-day semi-final over the weekend for the WA First Grade competition. On Saturday, Rockingham-Mandurah made 200-10 in 87 overs, with Terry’s Melville losing their opener for no runs in their only over of the day. On Sunday , they finished the job, reaching their target in the 57th over for a 7-wicket victory, Terry finishing on an unbeaten 61* off 81 balls.
Ross Allen’s Centrals also played a 2-day semi-final this weekend, in their A Grade competition against Jeeralang-Boolara. In the first innings, which began on Saturday, he went for 3 runs, with Centrals finishing on 367-7 after 101 overs. In reply, their opponents made only 115-10 in 37 overs, Allen taking 2-19 in his 7 overs.
Last weekend, Katamatite lost a 2-day semi-final in the MVCA Premier division against Deniliquin Rhinos. In the first innings, Sam Gordon took 1-52 in his 16 overs, as the Rhinos finished their 80 overs on 298-8. In reply, Gordon (22) and Jamie Magowan (1) contributed to a total of 240, as their side were dismissed in the 61st over.
A fine all-round performance from Graham Kennedy wasn’t enough for Hannan’s, as they lost their Grade A Grand Final to North Kalgoorlie. In the first innings Kennedy took 3-17 in his 8 overs, as they dismissed their opponents for 158 in 47 overs, Kennedy also taking a catch. However, despite Kennedy making 51 runs (top score for either side in a low-scoring contest), his side were all out for 111.
Sophie MacMahon’s Gordon side had a 1st Grade semi-final victory over Parramatta last weekend. In the first innings, MacMahon contributed 3 of their runs as they finished their 50 overs on 141-8. In the reply, she bowled a very economical 4 overs (0-6) as they dismissed their opponents for 91 runs in 45.0 overs.
And finally, Diarmuid Burke’s Scarborough won their u15s semi-final against Perth on Saturday. In the first innings, Burke’s figures were 0-25 in his 8 overs, as Perth were dismissed for 159 in the 60th over, a total they surpassed in their 55th over, for an 8-wicket victory.
Many thanks for all the information passed on about players. As we approach the conclusion of the season down under, if there’s anyone we’ve missed, please let us know in advance of next week’s round up and we’ll give them a mention - as ever I can be contacted via Twitter (dotski_w).