Port out of Premier tilt

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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