Premier Cricket Round 14 Preview
17 February 2017  


Six of the top eight sides face each other this weekend during the penultimate round of Alcohol.Think Again Premier Cricket, with finals positions on the line in Round 14.

Scarborough and Subiaco Floreat must win their respective games to keep alive their finals hopes, with the former facing Claremont-Nedlands, who can win the minor premiership with a victory at Abbett Park.

Fremantle play South Perth in the game of the round at Richardson Park, with the Sky Blues needing to win to stay in contention.

The battle for the wooden spoon also takes place with Midland-Guildford and Rockingham-Mandurah battling for that unwanted mantle at Lark Hill.

This weekend represents the last home-and-away two-day fixtures, with the final round hosting one-day fixtures to close the regular season.

Gosnells (9th, D,W,L,L,L) v Bayswater-Morley (11th, L,W,L,L,W), Sutherlands Park

Gosnells: Luis Reece (c), Brandon Jacobs, Jonathon Crowe, Alistair Bivens, Matthew Leipold, Matthew Goes, Ryan James-Buckley, David Thomason, Jakob Horsman, Chris Prescott, Bryan Lutter.

Bayswater Morley: Liam O'Connor (c), Rhys Hampson, Ashley Jeffrey, Tim Smithies, Josh Philippe, Manuel Hunwick, Ross Loiacono, Nathan Rimmington, Jonty Wilde, Robert Guy, Mitchell Todd.

Gosnells enter a must-win-outright fixture against Bayswater-Morley at Sutherlands Park, with the hosts sitting just outside the six with two rounds to play. Gosnells have stuck with a similar squad with top order batsman Luis Reece, Jonathon Crowe and Matt Leipold all crucial. The Bears will enjoy the return of Liam O’Connor as he looks to consolidate his season, along with Nathan Rimmington.

Joondalup (4th, D,W,L,L,L) v Willetton (10th, L,L,L,L,L), Iluka

Joondalup: Michael Swart (c), Jed Standring, Jaron Morgan, Clinton Hinchliffe, Garrick Morgan, Josh Inglis, Thomas Russell, Josh Anderson, Simon Branston, Harry Larmett, Ty Hopes.

Willetton: Matthew Johnston (c), Cameron Bancroft, D'Arcy Short, James Godfrey, Kris Elliot, Kallen Bond, Ross Knoll, Aaron Hardie, Matthew Hanna, Brennan Wilson, Brock Francis.

Joondalup face Willetton at Iluka with both sides desperate for victory, as the Centurions push for a home final. Michael Swart comes back into the home team lineup, while Harry Larmett is in line to make his debut for the club. Tom Russell is also a chance to be included with spearhead bowler James Boyland missing. Willetton must win to keep their slim finals hopes alive. There's no Simon Mackin for the Dragons.

Mount Lawley (12th, L,L,L,W,W) v Wanneroo (13th, D,L,L,L,W), Breckler Park

Mount Lawley: Shane Rakich (c), Oliver Mouchemore, Michael Smith, Callum Taylor, Corey Evans, Liam Purdy, Tully Biglin, Travis Keys, Jay Chislett, Ian Fishman, Mohamed Ijaz.

Wanneroo: Christopher Quelch (c), Aaron Brunner, Daniel Lawrence, Robert Richards, Tristan Hobley, Alex Burton, Bailey Nylander, Jordon King, Kyle Millar, Mathew Dzodzos, Adam Smith.

Mount Lawley and Wanneroo lock horns with both sides looking for consolation wins after disappointing seasons. Mount Lawley is looking for some fresh faces with Michael Smith and Tully Biglin coming into the side. Adam Smith and Jordon King come in for the Roos, with the side looking to avoid the wooden spoon this season. Breckler Park should play host to a tight contest.

Perth (4th, L,W,W,L,W) v University (14th, D,L,W,W,L), Fletcher Park

Perth: Luke Jury (c), Dominic Sibley, Jacob Snadden, Jonathan Wells, Dain Moreton, Josh Nicholas, Angus Webster, Jacob Van Galen, Dean Nelson, Aidan Enright, Liam Guthrie.

University: William Bosisto (c), Matthew Birrell, Alex Rose, Josh Dallimore, Robert Honeybul, Daniel Moore, Joshua Mason, Sean Stuart, Jay O'Brien, Perry Allen, Brendan Murray.

Perth hosts University on Saturday at Fletcher Park, with a win guaranteeing the hosts a spot inside the top four. Perth look at full strength for the fixture, with Josh Nicholas and Jonathan Wells both named in a huge boost. Dom Sibley will play a few more games for the side before returning to England. Perry Allen comes into the University side along with Will Bosisto after suspension, with Alex Rose also getting another crack in the top side.

Rockingham-Mandurah (16th, D,L,L,L,L) v Midland-Guildford (15th, L,L,L,W,L), Lark Hill

Rockingham Mandurah: Craig Simmons (c), Tyler Robertson, Mitchell Green, Dane Ugle, Aaron Burrage, Brandon Burt, Damien Burrage, Adam France, Kyle Gardiner, Aidan Andrews, Ryan Done.

Midland-Guildford: Christiaan Moir (c), Hayden Cobley, James Kirwan, Jordan Mast, Keaton Critchell, Aneurin Donald, Jack Baker, Charlie Cassell, Corry Verco, Thomas Gosling, Ashley Mucciarone.

In a clash for the wooden spoon, Midland-Guildford and Rockingham-Mandurah battle it out at Lark Hill, with the loser a strong chance to finish bottom of the table. Ryan Done comes into the Mariners side with mainstays Craig Simmons and Dane Ugle needing to make an impact. Christiaan Moir returns for the Monkey Towners after a long lay off, with Stewart Walters again coming out of the side.

Scarborough (8th, D,L,W,W,W) v Claremont-Nedlands (1st, W,W,W,W,W), Abbett Park

Scarborough: Wesley Robinson (c), Andrew Cameron, Jeremy Boyle, Liam Stevens, Liam Knight, Andrew Rule, Samuel Moylan, Cody Rose, Edward Barnard, Corey Young, Anthony Del Borrello, Andrew Tye.

Claremont Nedlands: Chris Brabazon (c), Travis Birt, Daniel Turkich, James Allenby, Jack Cattrall, Joel Paris, Jacob Whiteaker, Nicholas Hobson, Haydan Morton, Tim David, Keagan Africa, Matthew Kelly.

Ladder leaders Claremont-Nedlands travel to Scarborough, with a win at Abbett Park giving the Tigers the Kevin Sullivan Silver Cup this season. The Tigers have named an extended squad, which includes paceman Joel Paris, with Travis Birt and Tim David the men in form. Keagan Africa is a chance to return also after a layoff out of the side. Andrew Tye will miss the first Saturday with the Australian T20 side, with Corey Young a chance to play his first game for the home team. The Gulls need to win if they are a chance to make finals with only two games to play.

Subiaco Floreat (7th, W,L,W,W,L) v Melville (5th, W,W,W,W,W), Floreat Park Oval

Subiaco Floreat: Christopher Hansberry (c), Tim Monteleone, Alexander Malcolm, Anthony Murphy, Aaron Lilly, Andrew Holder, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Calum How, Jason Behrendorff, Geremy Fatouros, Cameron Green, Ashley Blake.

Melville: Tom Scollay (c), Luke Towers, Blake Reed, Adam Voges, Drew Porter, Matthew Wiley, Ryan Duffield, Brad Turner, Mark Turner, Thomas Kerr-Sheppard, Liam Duffield.

Subiaco Floreat have brought in the big guns to play Melville with a finals position well and truly on the line this weekend at Floreat Park Oval. Overnight sensation Cameron Green comes into the side, with fellow team-mates Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff both named for the clutch fixture. Not to be outdone the Storm has included Adam Voges for the clash, with Ryan Duffield also named to take the new ball. Look for this to be a tight contest with plenty on the line.

South Perth (6th, W,W,W,W,L) v Fremantle (2nd, W,W,L,W,W), Richardson Park

South Perth: Hilton Cartwright (c), Trent Ovens, Brandon Guest, Robert Jones, Darius D'Silva, Brooke Guest, Michael Bailey, Sam Birchall, Alex Bevilaqua, Simon Ringrose, Cameron Huckett.

Fremantle: Christopher Wood (c), Joel Crosswell, Matthew Micale, Jake Carder, Chris Chellew, Anthony Collova, Jarryd McPhee, Brayden Sutton, Benjamin Moore, Jhye Richardson, Thomas Abell, Ross Macauley.

South Perth and Fremantle resume hostilities at Richardson Park with a Port Boys loss ending their chances of top spot. Jarryd McPhee is a strong chance to return after an injury layoff, while Jhye Richardson and Jake Carder have also been named, although the former is away with the Australia T20 squad. Hilton Cartwright will captain for the Sky Blues, with the side needing a win to consolidate their finals position. South Perth risk missing out on the finals altogether with a loss.

-Elliot Raiter