Midland Guildford Cricket Club female A grade captain Sheldyn Cooper (pictured here on January 14) arrived at the crease when the score was 4-124.

Female A grade on top heading into the bye

The senior female and junior male Midland Guildford sides were able to find success but it was a difficult weekend for the senior male sides.
February 1, 2024
Joshua McKenzie

THE female A grade enjoyed a comfortable six wicket win over South Perth after restricting their opponents to 9-173 off their 50 overs before chasing down the target with 18.3 overs to spare.

Lilly Mills was the best of the bowlers with figures of three wickets for 27 runs off her 10 overs.

Set a target of 174 for victory, it was a 60-run opening partnership between Alisha Kozma (32 runs off 53 balls) and Brooke Catania (19 off 39) that set the foundation for the innings.

With the score at 3-70, Lilly Mills (37 off 27) would combine with Ines McKeon for a 54-run partnership, before captain Sheldyn Cooper arrived at the crease with the score at 4-124.

McKeon would finish unbeaten on 48 off 45, while Cooper would score 23 off 22 to guide the side home with an unbroken 52-run partnership.

Once again it was a story of even contributions from the entire team which saw the female A grade place themselves firmly at the top of the one-day ladder heading into their bye this weekend.

The senior male sides faced Perth in their latest two day fixture.

Three batsmen would pass the half century mark in the male 1st grade with Austin Thomas (79 off 120), James Godfrey (61 off 61) and Jordan Mast (54 off 70) the main contributors towards posting 324.

The total proved to be short of what was required as the side would go on to lose the match by three wickets.

Max Bittner top scored with 70 in a run chase which saw the male 2nd grade defeated by 191 runs, meanwhile a valiant effort from Calan Hill which saw him score a stunning 106 off 192 was not enough for the male 3rd grade who would lose by 71 runs.

The male 4th grade failed to convert on a dominant position at the close of play on day one with their total of 136 being chased down by the opposition despite Matt Olsen taking six wickets for 58 runs off 24 overs.

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