Manjimup continue their reign on top of the Warren Blackwood Cricket Association ladder after defeating Pemberton by eight wickets on Saturday. Pemberton won the toss at the Collier Street Sporting Complex and elected to bat. Openers Peter Bamess (13) and Brendan Peet (3) kept Manjimup at bay until the ninth over. Unfortunately, with the fall of Peet to an in-swinging yorker from Manjimup captain Jozef Parkinson, the wickets began to fall at regular intervals. The visitors continued to struggle up until the break at 6-60 due to some tight bowling and impressive catching from the home side. After the break it fell apart for Pemberton as they lost their final four wickets for only five runs, ending on a low 65. Every Manjimup bowler used managed to snare a wicket. Parkinson collected three scalps, while opening partner Jack Muir returned to capture two wickets in his second spell. Keenan Wilson was economical while bowling, conceding only 18 runs from his nine overs and dismissing the dangerous Gary Mills and Riley Liddelow in the process. During Manjimup’s innings the chase started slowly, with their innings mirroring Pemberton’s, losing their first wicket at 16 and second at 29. Parkinson (11 not out) joined Cameron Harris (38no) at the wicket and they capitalised on the change bowlers, racing to the target inside 20 overs. Nick Mills bowled extremely well off the top and was well supported by Peet at the other end with their 14 overs yielding only 29 runs, however, it was not enough to stop the home side. The final five overs bowled resulted in 40 runs and ensured an early finish to the game. Manjimup will again play at home in round six where they will continue to test their skills against Northcliffe who will come off a week’s rest after their match against Bridgetown was abandoned due to the weather. Forestry will take on the rested Bridgetown in an away game, while Pemberton take on Boyup Brook at Pemberton Oval.