Tigers on track for ti­tle de­fence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Work Place - with El­liot Raiter

CLARE­MONT-NED­LANDS main­tained its de­fence of the statewide T20 ti­tle af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for the grand fi­nal with vic­tory over Wil­let­ton last Sun­day at Cress­well Park.

The Tigers squeezed past Wil­let­ton by 13 runs to clinch their berth in the de­cider, to be played at the WACA Ground on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 7.

Mean­while, on Satur­day, Nick Hob­son and Chris Brabazon both scored cen­turies in a 228-run stand for the Tigers, who scored 333 in a day away to Su­bi­aco Floreat to start round 12 of Premier Cricket in ideal fash­ion.

Brabazon ham­mered his maiden first-grade ton to lead the Tigers to a strong po­si­tion, scor­ing 148 with 20 bound­aries and two sixes.

Hob­son smashed 100 not out to re­turn to form in dra­matic fash­ion as his side de­clared once the mile­stone was reached.

Ash Blake was the best of the Su­bi­aco Floreat bowlers with 3-61.

Univer­sity suf­fered a dis­ap­point­ing first-in­nings loss against Fre­man­tle on Satur­day, af­ter be­ing in a winnable po­si­tion at Stevens Re­serve.

The Stu­dents dis­missed the Port Boys for just 141, with Kea­gan Africa tak­ing 4-38 on de­but.

David Moody took three wick­ets, while Alex Pen­ter con­tin­ued his great sea­son with two wick­ets him­self.

Univer­sity could only man­age 93 in re­sponse, with Scott Mar­shall top-scor­ing with 26.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d448353

Coach Rick Willsmore with his young charges Cian In­gles, Zach Me­lanie and Wayne McNi­col (all 10).

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