ROUND five of the Esperance Toyota Shield saw Coastal Warriors host Esperance at the Gibson Oval while reigning premiers Newtown took on Ports at the Newtown Oval.
At the Gibson Oval, Esperance having won the toss and electing to bat first couldn't have asked for a better start with the highly talented and explosive Sarfraz Niaz (38) taking 12 runs from the first over of the day.
Along with his opening partner Cam Irvin (88) the pair hammered any loose delivery before Coastal veteran Ashley Weckert removed the prize wicket of Niaz in the 20th over with the score at 1 for 71.
With Esperance on the attack Coastals quickly claimed the wicket of the Esperance captain Nick Parkanyi (9) at 2 for 83, but this only bought the multi talented Brendon White (88) to the crease and along with Irvin hammered a 150-run third wicket partnership before White was removed in the 43rd over with the score at 3 for 233, Irvin losing his wicket in the last over of the innings with Esperance after 45 overs finishing at 4-250.
For Coastals, captain Jeremy Curry (2/24) and veteran Ashly Weckert (2/34) were the only wicket takers.
In contrast the Coastals innings got off to a brilliant start with Jon-Paul Adams (53) and keeper Ben Staunton (62) crafting a terrific 117 runs first wicket stand, but unfortunately for Coastals this is were the wheels fell off as Esperance mounted a counter attack taking the remaining nine wickets for just 67 runs, making Coastals all out for 184.
Bowling honours for Esperance were Liam Baines (3/15), Brendon White (3/43) and Cody Green (2/30).
Taking on Ports at the Newtown Oval, reigning premiers Newtown won the toss and elected to bat first.
Although losing the wickets of McArthur (0) and Bancroft (7) with the score at 2 for 28 it was the partnership between the brilliant allrounder, captain Daniel Styles (63) and Jacob de-Beer (44), that set up the match for Newtown with a 86-run, third wicket partnership.
Having lost the wickets of de-Beers at 3-114 and Styles at 5-122 the remainder of the innings was left up to Stephen Butler (41no) to guide his side to end their innings at nine for 189.
For Ports none bowled better than paceman Leigh Westcott (5/36). Captain Thomas Edwards (3/17) was the other multiple wicket taker.
Ports must have had other things on their minds as their innings was a train wreck as the Newtown bowlers totally dominated.
Even though captain Thomas Edwards (22) tried hard in the middle order his fellow team members just crumbled around him to be all out for 76 in the 29th over.
For Newtown Bangers Bancroft (3/9), Jacob Vickers (3/20) and Zack Liddelow (2/24) took bowling honours.
In the Landmark Shield there was only one match as Esperance hosted Ports at the Esperance Cricket Ground while the Newtown v Cascade match was postponed.
Losing the toss and being sent in to bat the Esperance side just couldn't mount any form of offence against a relentless Ports bowling attack, being all out for 65 in the 28th over.
The only Esperance batsman to make double figures were Dave Callow (10) and Rhys Bald (16).
With all of the Ports bowlers taking a wicket, the main honours went to Tait Vooght-Simpson (3/3), Aydan Tonkin (2/2) and Josh Beatty (2/10).
With such a small total to chase, Esperance captain Sydney Jones (2/20) was not about to make life easy for the Ports batsman, claiming the prize wickets of Steven Hill (2) and Andy McFarlain (0) in the first over, missing a hat-trick chance, Jones couldn't have asked for a better start to their defence.
Ports batsman Finn Vooght-Simpson (29) had other ideas and along with the ageless Peter Turner (18) and seasoned Shonn Cruttenden (10no) they soon put the Ports’ innings back on track scoring the required runs in the 21st over to claim a six-wicket win.