Harvey-Benger’s second grade suffered their first loss of the season with a five-wicket defeat away to Dalyellup on Saturday. Captain Anton Fimmano won the toss and chose to bat in what seemed to be great batting conditions, but Harvey-Benger struggled to put any sort of momentum together across the entire innings. The visitors’ top order all fell reasonably cheaply, with Mahdi Saleem trying his utmost to hold the innings together. He eventually fell for 13 off 49 balls. Joseph Cambrea (13 off 20) and Kyle Hickman (18 off 40) also did their best but eventually fell, which resulted in Harvey-Benger being bowled out for 96, which was well under par. In return, Kye Mccreery made an early breakthrough, dismissing Ben Cherry for a golden duck with a great catch at second slip by Matt Chave. Dalyellup were making light work of the chase before Mahdi Saleem made two breakthroughs in two balls alongside wickets from Chave and David Cooper to make Dalyellup feel pressure at 5-60. Harvey-Benger couldn’t find another breakthrough though, with Dalyellup chasing the required 97 runs with five wickets left. Harvey-Benger’s second grade will travel to Burekup next week. The fourth grade side bounced back from last week’s tough loss with a hard-fought 21-run victory at the Harvey Recreation Ground against Dalyellup on Saturday. Winning the toss and electing to bat for a third straight week, Harvey-Benger openers Rowan Morrison (26) and Hamish Minton (64) saw the score to 80 before Minton edged to the wicket keeper. The home team lost a couple of quick wickets after the drinks break, but a 30-run partnership between Year 10 player Eli Underdown and the in-form Scott Fowler steadied the ship. Fowler, continuing his rich vein of form after making a half century last week against Dardanup, played with power and precision as he dismantled the Dalyellup bowling. He finished unbeaten on 55, guiding Harvey-Benger to a competitive 5-187 from their 40 overs. In reply, Dalyellup lost two early wickets with Darren Bozanich (2/4), normally the Harvey-Benger wicketkeeper, showing he still had a bag of tricks with the new ball in hand. The visitors showed they were willing to attack despite the loss of wickets. Dalyellup’s Kim Mason hit a couple of big sixes, but tried one too many times skying a high ball that was expertly caught by young gun Tyler Bozanich running back into a swirling breeze. Harvey-Benger then tightened the screws and despite the best efforts of Grantly Deer (54), the boundaries dried up and the run rate climbed too high for the visitors to chase. At the end of their 40 overs, Dalyellup could only manage 6-166, leaving Harvey-Benger the victors by 21 runs. Harvey-Benger’s fourth grade are at home again next Saturday, when they will face the new fourth grade Rising Stars team. The inaugural women’s team crashed back to reality after their Round 1 victory with an eight-wicket loss to Eaton Cricket Club on Sunday in Harvey. Eaton won the toss and sent the home team in to bat first in the overcast conditions with instant success, dismissing Laura Cheney in the first over for a duck off the bowling of Sienna Petersen. Amy Capogreco made a quickfire 10 but was also bowled, but this time off Rachael Hardwicke. Captain Megan Minton joined Sam Bozanich and the pair steadied the ship before Minton was caught at square leg for 10. Bozanich continued to be the rock as she lost partners throughout the innings, retiring on 16 as Harvey-Benger posted 5-76 off 20 overs. In reply, Monike Fitt got the Bobtails off to a flying start before Minton and Jenna Bloom combined to dismiss Fitt for 16. Eaton continued to watchfully chase the total down with Michelle Johnson top scoring with 21. Eaton eventually passed the total, losing only two wickets with 18 balls left. The team take on Leschenault next.