By Aaron Kirby
Kwinana’s 2nd-grade team was the only bright point in a dour weekend of cricket for the club.
Round three saw the first of the two-day games kick off for the 2nd and 4th-grade teams.
2nd-grade batted first against Piara Waters at Orelia Oval.
Kwinana lost an early wicket but was able to steady with a series of partnerships.
Wicketkeeper Aiden McCartan did the heavy lifting before being run out for 79 as Kwinana finished day one bowled out for 208.
4th-grade started their two-day campaign against Thornlie.
Having been sent into bat Kwinana looked to dig in, but with a wicket falling before Kwinana could score a run the batsmen fell apart.
They lost three wickets on 16 and even Jon Cribbs’ 46n.o. couldn’t stop Kwinana from being bowled out for 102.
Thornlie’s batsmen decimated the bowlers to be 0-97 at stumps.
One-day Bs was out of the game early against Leeming Spartans after Leeming’s openers put on an opening stand of 131.
A few consolation wickets fell towards the end as Leeming ended 4-203.
Both of Kwinana’s openers made ducks before Paul Silchinger’s 46 went some way to rescue the innings, but Kwinana was still bowled out well short of the target on 124.
Last weekend’s winners One-Day Gs couldn’t repeat the effort against Phoenix at home.
Phoenix batted first putting together multiple good partnerships as Kwinana struggled to take wickets.
They set Kwinana a target of 166 runs to win.
Kwinana lost early wickets before Anil Sah made 57 to give Kwinana a chance.
The tail-enders couldn’t quite get it done with Phoenix claiming the last wicket with the score on 124.
Kwinana will have to bounce back quickly to have any hope of getting their teams into finals.