GOING into Swan Helena District Cricket Association games this weekend Roleystone Karragullen are 0-25 in reply to Swan View who finished with 141.
Roleystone should have no problems chasing down this total but on the large slow Brown Park 141 can feel like a lot more and Swan View will be wanting to tie down the Roleystone batsmen to create some chances to give themselves a sniff.
Last weekend Roleystone won the toss and sent Swan View into bat in the 37 degrees heat and when Swan View was 0-32 it appeared the decision to field was going to backfire before Glen Hickinbotham stepped up to claim 7-33.
Swan View could not put together any meaningful partnerships and if it wasn’t for veteran Steve Anderson 43 not out, Swan View would not have got anywhere near their total of 141.
Lesmurdie (1-8) will be confident with their strong batting line that they will be able to chase down the Ellenbrook Rangers score of 155 but Ellenbrook will also be confident after their impressive performance with the ball last round.
At Ellenbrook open space last weekend Ellenbrook won the toss and elected to bat and were looking for an even contribution with key batsmen Josh Cannell and Nathan Bull out of the side against the strong Lesmurdie Mazenod.
Ellenbrook was in early trouble at 4-35 before Jason Diss (58) put some respectability to the score pushing Ellenbrook to 155.
Riley Thompson (3-7) was the destroyer early, with Seb Lowe (4-43) finishing off the tail.
This weekend Forrestfield (2-168) will continue to bat on and will have to decide whether to use this Saturday as batting practice or to put the foot down and pile on some quick runs before looking to dismiss Helena Valley for a second time to gain maximum points. Helena Valley will be looking to take some positives out of the match and put in a stronger performance than last weekend where they had a horrible start after winning the toss and electing to bat in their first home game of the season.
The Forrestfield bowlers bowled tight discipline lines after their poor performance in the first round and shared the honours to dismiss Helena Valley for 121 in 38 overs.
Helena Valley’s only shining light was Captain Jimmy Scroop (38). With 30 overs to bat Forrestfield sent in Tyler Lovell who could only play the first week of the match and he made the most of his time at the crease scoring 104 to put Forrestfield into a strong position claiming first innings points.
Lovel and Jake Garland (32) combined for a 115 run partnership to have Forrestfield 2-168 at stumps.
By David Pease