MIDLAND Guildford Cricket Club returned to action in 2024 with the female A grade notching up a 79-run win over Wanneroo in their one-day match.
After struggling early, the side recovered from 4-51 and then 6-116 to post 227 all out thanks to a 70-run partnership between Shay Manolini (50 runs from 98 balls) and Ashlee King (41 from 37).
Manolini was also the standout with the ball to complete an all-round performance as she took three wickets for just 29 runs off her 9.2 overs.
Morgan Pires took 2-7 off 8 overs, while the other five bowlers used took a wicket each in a balanced display in the field to dismiss Wanneroo for a total of 148.
The female B grade faced a more challenging fixture against Rockingham Mandurah.
After dismissing their opponents for 92 inside 28 overs, no batsman passed 20 for Midland Guildford as the team was bowled out for just 90 after 30 overs and lost by two runs.
The senior male sides faced Bayswater Morley on Saturday.
The male 1st grade fell short in a top of the table clash, losing by three wickets as batsmen failed to capitalise on opportunities to produce big scores.
In the match for the male 2nd grade, it was a similar story as the side lost regular wickets on the way to being bowled out for 145.
It proved to be a challenging run chase as Bayswater Morley lost seven wickets and took 46.1 overs to reach the target.
After a lacklustre start in the male 3rd grade, Haydn Lucas (53 from 72) and Anthony D’Sa (51 from 33) combined to take the team from 5-94 to 203 all out in what would ultimately be just short of what was required; their opponents chased the target down with just two balls to spare.
The male 4th grade enjoyed a comfortable victory, winning by 80 runs in a one-sided contest as they posted 8-232 and dismissed their opponents for just 152.
Both the male U17 and male U15 also faced Bayswater Morley in a Saturday and Sunday 50-over fixture.
The male U17 enjoyed a comfortable victory as they won by 99 runs thanks in large part to the 144-run partnership shared by Harry Giancono (70 not out from 97) and Vishver Morendage (85 from 93).
This was the main factor in posting 4-252 from their 50 overs before Tom Hayward (3-32 off 10 overs) was the standout bowler in a performance that saw the side dismiss their opponents for 153.
The male U15 witnessed twin centuries from Flynn Howse (106 from 128) and Kobe Fernie (101 not out from 95) as they posted 3-284.
A 112-run opening partnership between Howse and Cooper Neill (40 from 68) set the platform, before Howse and Fernie combined a 133-run partnership to guide the innings for their side.
In response, Bayswater Morley could only manage 5-159 as they fell 125 runs short.