Alex Hepburn was Willetton Dragons hero as he earned them a narrow first innings advantage in the Western Australia Cricket Association first grade match with Tom Fell's side Mount Lawley.

The Worcestershire all-rounder came to the wicket with Willetton struggling at 58-4 in reply to Mount Lawley's 108 all out.

Two more wickets also went down at that total and it became 93-9.

But Hepburn dug in and with last man A. McCall ensured that Willetton edged in front of their opponents.

The pair put on an unbroken 28 with Hepburn the dominant partner. He eventually finished unbeaten on 34 from 77 balls with five boundaries.

Willetton eventually declared their first innings on 121-9 from 34 overs in a match which will be continued next weekend.

Mount Lawley had been put into bat and were dismissed in 40.3 overs.

Fell, Worcestershire's leading run-scorer in the County Championship last summer, made nine off 23 balls with one four.

Hepburn did not bowl with Matthew Johnston returning 4-46 from 20 overs and then top-scoring with 33 before his dismissal opened the way for Hepburn's arrival at the wicket.