By Aaron Kirby
Kwinana pushed hard for victory in 2nd Grade but was left regretting missed chances as 4th Grade failed to avoid outright defeat.
2nd Grade came into day two against Riverton-Rostrata with 92 runs left to defend and eight wickets needed for victory.
Three dropped catches in as many overs to start the day left the bowlers disappointed but also encouraged by the chances that were being created.
Connor Kilgallon struck with his first ball and then again with the last bowl of his second over.
The match was in the balance all day, and Kwinana went into the tea break having Riverton-Rostrata 7-78.
Things changed after tea as the batsmen got a few shots away and passed the total before declaring at 8-135.
Kwinana was asked to bat again and scrapped to 7-43 before a sporting declaration left Riverton-Rostrata with one over to make 20 runs to steal an outright victory.
Geoff Perera stepped up to the plate taking a wicket first ball and with two consecutive dropped catches could have had a hat-trick as the match ended with Riverton-Rostrata 1-4.
4th Grade had a daunting task ahead at the beginning of day two after Riverton-Rostrata set 271 on day one.
Bad-luck hampered Kwinana’s start before Ali Gharibyar (40) stood up and played his best innings to date.
Alongside Paul Webb (31), Gharibyar put on a 41 run partnership.
After Webb fell, no one could stick with Gharibyar as he batted through the innings and was the last to fall with the score on 106.
Kwinana was asked to follow-on but declared handing Riverton-Rostrata an outright victory.
One-Day Cs put in a good effort after batting first against Willetton at Centenary Oval B.
Dallas Eparaima led the way with 58n.o including three sixes as a new-look batting order posted 3-124.
A century from Willetton’s Aaron Board took the game from Kwinana.
Young Noah Cribbs was impressive with the new ball taking 1-33.