1st grade have suffered another close defeat, going down to Subiaco-Floreat by 9 runs at Floreat Park.
Kallen Bond won the toss and elected to bowl on a pitch offering some early assistance to the seamers, with Matt Hanna extremely unlucky to not collect a few early wickets.
The hosts managed a 69 run partnership for the first wicket, before Waheguru Dhillon hit the timber to break through.
The spinners bowled well in partnership, with Luke Holt picking up a wicket at the other end before Dhillon claimed his second, but the Lions carried on to be well set at 3 for 164 in the 37th over.
Fast bowlers Vidit Vashisht and Zach Ferris then applied the squeeze, picking up 5 wickets as the Lions were bowled out for 227.
For a change, fast bowlers Vashisht (3/50 from 10 overs) and Ferris (3/38 from 10 overs) claimed the lion's share of the wickets, with spinners Dhillon (2/53 from 10 overs) and Holt (1/22 from 5 overs) playing supporting roles.
In reply, the Dragons started poorly with the bat, slumping to 4 for 27 with Iszak Milentis, Blair Walsh, Kallen Bond, and Oliver Arkinstall all back in the sheds.
Shayne Wornes and John Sanders took to the rebuilding task, putting on a partnership of 102 for the 5th wicket, before Wornes was dismissed for 49.
Luke Holt and Waheguru Dhillon came and went, but Sanders found another partner in Hanna, with the two putting on a run-a-ball 53 run partnership.
After Hanna was bowled for 30, with Vashisht soon following, Sanders posted his maiden first grade hundred, a magnificent innings under considerable pressure.
With 10 required off the last over, Ferris was unfortunately run out the first ball of the over, done coming back for a second. by a direct hit from long on.
2nd grade had another disappointing week, losing to Subiaco-Floreat by 134 runs at Burrendah.
The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, but James Andrews picked up a wicket in the first over to give the Dragons the best possible start.
The Lions recovered from there to post a competitive score of 5 for 210 from their 50 overs.
For the Dragons, Stewart Hepburn (1/39 from 10 overs) and Lachie Searle (1/30 from 10 overs) were impressive again, with Ellis Cassidy (2/66 from 10 overs) and Andrews (1/14 from 5 overs) also amongst the wickets.
Unfortunately, another complete batting collapse saw the hosts finish all out for just 76 in the 39th over.
No batter covered themselves in glory, but Lachie Lake tried hard, batting for over an hour for his 18.
3rd grade also lost comprehensively, with Subiaco-Floreat winning by 9 wickets.
Cameron Becker won the toss and chose to bat, which looked a good decision when Stuart Smith took 16 from the first over, but the Dragons soon slumped to 3 for 33.
It didn’t get much better from there, with the visitors bowled out for just 106, a score that would’ve been much worse if not for some resistance from Bevan Hargrave (23) and Becker (18 not out).
After the change of innings, the hosts came out swinging and knocked off their target in the 18th over.
Becker shuffled his deck in search of a breakthrough, using 6 bowlers inside the 18 overs, with himself (1/27 from 4 overs) finding the only success.
4th grade ensured at least one senior team found some success, beating Subiaco-Floreat by 79 runs.
The Dragons batted first and produced a strong score of 8 for 206 from their 45 overs, underpinned by the ever-reliable Kris Elliot (83) and the returning Harry Grigson (61).
A strong bowling effort saw the visitors bowled out for 127, with Ian D’Souza (2/20 from 6 overs), Jarod Bridge (2/24 from 8.1 overs), Matt Maguire (2/29 from 9 overs), Aaron McCall (1/6 from 6 overs), Arnav Pimple (1/21 from 6 overs), and Brad Hirst (1/26 from 6 overs) all amongst the wickets.
The Premier T20 side suffered a heartbreaking quarter-final loss to Scarborough, falling short by 3 runs.
The Dragons bowled first and picked up regular wickets to stall the Seagull’s momentum, restricting them to 9/102 from their 20 overs.
Waheguru Dhillon was the standout bowler, picking up 3 wickets and conceding just 6 runs from his 4 overs, with Matt Hanna (2/23 from 4 overs), Luke Holt (1/17 from 4 overs), and Zach Ferris (1/24 from 4 overs) all chipping in.
In reply, the Dragons had a nightmare, being reduced to 6 for 29 with Blair Walsh, Oliver Arkinstall, Kallen Bond, Shayne Wornes, Iszak Milentis, and John Sanders all dismissed.
Holt and Stewart Hepburn went about rebuilding the innings, putting on a partnership of 62 for the 7th wicket, with both launching huge sixes.
The Dragons were in the game with 34 runs required off the final 5 overs, but a restrictive Scarborough bowling and fielding effort saw the pressure build and both set batters dismissed.
13 runs were required from the final over, but Holt and Hanna could only manage 9.
Under 17’s played another T20 fixture against Subiaco-Floreat, going down by 21 runs at Alderbury Reserve.
The Lions batted first and posted a solid score of 6 for 124 from their 20 overs, with wickets for Brayden Lee (2/15 from 4 overs), Ethan Smith (1/15 from 3 overs), and Yethmin Kannangarra (1/12 from 2 overs).
The Dragons fell short, coming up with 4 for 103 in their 20 overs, underpinned by Ethan Smith (34), Bradie Paliethorpe (26), and Lagan Sandhu (21).
Under 15’s found some success, beating Subiaco-Floreat by 13 runs at Burrendah.
The Dragons batted first and put a strong score on the board of 4 for 122 from their 20 overs, with Ben Mitchell (63*) and Blake Stephen (38) the stars.
The hosts restricted the Lions to just 8 for 109 from their 20 overs, with Veedi Pelpola (1/13 from 4 overs), Luke Herbert (1/13 from 4 overs), Jevan Buckland (1/17 from 2 overs), Ben Mitchell (1/18 from 4 overs), and Isaak Whitkuhn (1/18 from 3 overs) all in the wickets.