South Perth de­nied grand fi­nal spot

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

SOUTH Perth was un­able to book a place in the One Day League Grand Fi­nal as Clare­mont-Ned­lands dom­i­nated Sunday’s semi-fi­nal.

It was a case of two con­trast­ing semi-fi­nals, with Clare­mont-Ned­lands thrash­ing South Perth by five wick­ets in­side 17 overs, while Fre­man­tle edged out Melville by three wick­ets on the penul­ti­mate ball.

The two Premier Cricket lad­der lead­ers will meet at the WACA Ground on March 5.

Clare­mont-Ned­lands bowled out South Perth for a mea­gre 69 at Cress­well Park, with Daniel Tur­kich (3-9) and Matt Kelly (2-10) the stars with the ball. Ni­cholas Mitchell (17) top-scored for South Perth.

In re­ply, Alex Bevilaqua (437) had the Tigers ner­vous with two early strikes re­duc­ing them to 2-2, but Tim David (27) stead­ied de­spite the side los­ing five wick­ets, achiev­ing the tar­get in 16.5 overs.

Melville man­aged 190 af­ter win­ning the toss against the Port Boys at Stevens Re­serve, with Matt Wi­ley top-scor­ing with 57.

The Storm had been 3-11 af­ter Chris Chellew (4-33) and Jhye Richard­son (4-24) went through the top or­der.

In re­ply, Chellew made 43 and Chris Wood 45, but upon the lat­ter’s dis­missal when run out by An­gus Rob­son the Port Boys lost 3-7 to be strug­gling at 6-135.

Aus­tralia T20 call-up Richard­son scored a cru­cial 34n.o. from 31 balls to guide Fre­man­tle to vic­tory, along­side Ben Moore (9n.o.).

Poor weather meant that there was no fur­ther play on Satur­day in Perth’s game against Melville and South Perth’s match with Bayswa­ter in the WA Premier Cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

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