South Perth denied grand final spot
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.