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Lesmurdie top as battle on for 4th

GOING into the Swan Helena Districts Cricket Association final round four teams are still in the hunt for the final spot in the top four.

Forrestfield is in fourth place and take on second-placed Roleystone Karragullen at Cross Park.

If Forrestfield win they will most likely claim a finals spot but they will need a big performance from Jake Garland and Scott Witschge with the bat against the strong Roleystone attack.

Roleystone will be wanting to go into the finals with some winning form and Forrestfield will need to dismiss association leading run scorer Michael Mobilia if they are any chance of winning.

At Brown Park, fifth-placed Swan View take on six-placed Helena Valley.

Swan View is 2 points outside the four and Helena Valley is 6.3 points from the lead.

If Forrestfield lose the winner of this match could claim fourth spot. Swan View is coming off the bye and will hope Dave Catania and Chris Turkich set a big total.

While Helena Valley will be keen for Jimmy Scroop, Michael Turkich and Ben Keeler to put in big performances with both the bat and ball.

With finals on the line this game should go down to the wire.

In the final game Darlington who is 8.6 points behind fourth spot would need a big victory over third placed Ellenbrook at North Swan Park.

Darlington would need to dismiss Ellenbrook twice and would rely on the Shaw brothers Phil and Andy if they are any chance for finals. Ellenbrook will be trying to build on their strong performance last game and go into the finals full of confidence.

After setting Roleystone 217 for victory, Lesmurdie Mazenod proved to be too strong at a slow Cross Park.

Roleystone tried hard but they were never really in the hunt losing regular wickets.

Michael Mobilia was the only shining light continuing his fine form this season with another 40.

For Lesmurdie Riley Thompson was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3-23.

Ellenbrook, at home, made the chase a little harder than required by being six down when they passed the 103 set by Forrestfield. Forrestfield who is still fighting for a top-four spot gave themselves a chance to gain some extra points by dismissing Ellenbrook for 120. Ellenbrook took this opportunity to flex their muscle against a potential final opponent by dismissing Forrestfield for 83 in their second innings.

Rylan Cannell claimed 3-8 and Werner Senekal 3-27.

Ellenbrook batted again finishing 1-24.

At Parkerville, Helena Valley had a plan to keep their finals hopes alive and were able to get the victory and claiming some second innings wickets.

Starting the day 1-51 chasing Darlington’s 102, Helena Valley lost three quick wickets before Jimmy Scroop (38) and James Kinsella (32) steadied the ship to guide them to victory.

Shaun Cohen finished the innings with 30.

Andy Shaw was the pick of the bowlers with 5-37 and was supported by Dylan Frearson 3-20.

In their second innings Darlington finished 6-106. With Alan Perrella (30) and Andy Shaw (32no) showing some resistances after being 5-17.

Jimmy Scroop 3-31 and Ben Keeler 3-23 gave Helena Valley the opportunity to claim the extra points which may push them to a finals berth.

By David Pease

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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