Port out of Premier tilt
THERE will be no fourth shot at a grand final win for Fremantle this season after being bundled out of the Premier Cricket race at home to Joondalup over the weekend.
Batting second, the Port Boys fell 31 runs short of victory, losing the match on first-innings points.
After sending the visitors in to bat, quick Jhye Richardson ripped though the top order to finish with figures of 5-37 and restrict the Centurions to just 143.
Only Joondalup opener Garrick Morgan provided any real resistance, with his 68 runs from 117 deliveries guiding Joondalup to a defendable total.
In reply, Fremantle fell behind the game early after slumping to 5-55.
Captain Chris Wood compiled 42 runs from 68 deliveries but wickets continued to fall and despite a 23-run lastwicket stand, Fremantle was bowled out for 112.
The preliminary final loss, which saw Fremantle bundled out of the finals in straight sets, was a sad end to a great season.
The Port Boys defeated Gosnells in late January to claim the Premier Cricket T20 Premiership, following that up with a five-wicket win over the Peel Cricket Association to secure the Statewide T20 title at the WACA.
The Port Boys also made the final of the One Day League earlier this month, falling to Claremont by 169 runs.