Premier Cricket Round 14 Day Two Preview
24 February 2017  

Action from South Perth vs Fremantle // John Sherry

Teams are desperate for victories this Saturday, with finals positions up for grabs with scorching temperatures predicted for Round 14 of the Alcohol.Think Again Premier Cricket season.

Subiaco Floreat and Scarborough are in strong positions to re-enter the top six ahead of the final round, although key personnel are missing for the Lions.

A win will see Claremont-Nedlands clinch with Kevin Sullivan Silver Cup, with the possibility on Fremantle losing also gifting the minor premiership to the Tigers.

Wanneroo's Dan Lawrence has the chance to continue his prolific scoring season and extend his lead on the runs' chart, with Subi's Andrew Holder looking to chase Chris Chellew’s 37 wickets for Fremantle.

Temperatures are set to reach 40 degrees on Saturday, with the Colts Final scheduled for the following day at Breckler Park.

Bayswater-Morley 343 (Guy 132, Philippe 88, Thomason 6-76) v Gosnells, Sutherlands Park

Bayswater-Morley will be chasing early wickets on day two against Gosnells at Sutherlands Park, with the home side needing an outright win to keep them in finals contention. Nathan Rimmington will be vital for the Bears with the ball, while Liam O’Connor will want to spin the side to victory. Luis Reece and Matt Leipold hold the key with the bat for Gosnells who need a miracle to keep their finals hopes alive.

Mount Lawley 245 (Taylor 43, Smith 41, Dzodzos 4-35) v Wanneroo 0-21 (Lawrence 13no, Millar 7no, Purdy 0-4), Breckler Park

Wanneroo will push for a consolation victory as they chase Mount Lawley’s 245 at Breckler Park. Dan Lawrence opened the batting and will be hunting a big score, with their middle order key to success. Callum Taylor looms as a danger with ball in hand after a few successful weeks.

Midland-Guildford 260 (Cobley 67, Donald 62, Simmons 6-62) v Rockingham-Mandurah 0-26 (Robertson 16no, Green 8no, Cobley 0-3), Lark Hill

The battle to avoid the wooden spoon heats up this weekend, with both Midland-Guildford and Rockingham-Mandurah keen for a win. Craig Simmons and Dane Ugle will look to score runs to reach 260, with Jack Baker and Ashley Mucciarone important with the ball for the Monkey Towners. The winner of the fixture will likely avoid bottom of the table for the season.

Claremont-Nedlands 250 (Hobson 112, Allenby 46, Rule 4-70) v Scarborough 0-34 (Cameron 27no, Moylan 7no, Allenby 0-2), Abbett Park

Claremont-Nedlands look in grave danger of losing their first fixture for the season, with Scarborough well on top at Abbett Park. Matt Kelly comes back into the Tigers side after a strong week with WA's Toyota Futures League team, with his side needing to bowl the home team out. Wes Robinson and Andy Cameron look likely for runs, with the Gulls needing victory to keep their faint top six hopes alive.

Subiaco Floreat 9-305 (Green 83, Malcolm 54, Turner 2-17) v Melville 0-2, Floreat Park Oval

Subiaco Floreat look on target to move into the top six, with a crucial day two against Melville holding their finals hopes at bay. Cam Green may bowl depending on Sheffield Shield selection, with Jason Behrendorff coming out of the side. Andrew Holder will need to step up once again, while veterans Drew Porter and Luke Towers need runs at the top of the order. Adam Voges also comes out of the Storm side.

South Perth 5-366 (Jones 140no, Ovens 89, Chellew 3-46) v Fremantle, Richardson Park

Fremantle are losing their grip on the minor premiership with South Perth looking to wrap their fixture up at Richardson Park. Hilton Cartwight comes out of the Sky Blues side, with Alex Bevilaqua set to be a handful for the Port Boys batsman. Jake Carder looks in form after a century in the Futures League, with Tom Abell and Chris Chellew also looming large in the chase of 366.

University 172 (Bosisto 45, Moore 33, Nelson 2-30) v Perth 1-44 (Wells 25no, Sibley 15no, Rose 1-14), Fletcher Park

Perth look set to consolidate their spot in the top four, with University struggling at Fletcher Park. Jonathan Wells comes out for the hosts after being 25 not out overnight, with Shield commitments. Dom Sibley is the other not out batsman, with Luke Jury also a danger in the top order. Will Bosisto will bowl plenty of overs for the Students, with Harry Podmore departing Australia for England.

Willetton 9-342 (Knoll 73no, Johnston 59, Hinchliffe 4-90) v Joondalup, Illuka

Joondalup are in a fight to keep their top three spot after a disappointing day one against Willetton. The Centurions will have their work cut out chasing 342, with Clint Hinchliffe returning after a century midweek for WA's Toyota Futures League side. Josh Inglis will still be missing due to State commitments. Simon Mackin remains out of the Dragons side.

-Elliot Raiter