Tigers to meet Freo in fi­nal

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Training & Education - with El­liot Raiter

CLARE­MONT-NED­LANDS bowled out South Perth for just 69 as they qual­i­fied for the fi­nal of the One Day League, with a strong dis­play in the semi-fi­nal at Cress­well Park on Sun­day.

The Tigers will meet Fre­man­tle in the fi­nal at the WACA Ground on Sun­day, March 5, while Satur­day’s win over Wil­let­ton has them a step closer to the Premier Cricket mi­nor pre­mier­ship.

Daniel Tur­kich (3-9) and Matt Kelly (2-10) were the stars with the ball as South Perth crum­bled. Ni­cholas Mitchell (17) top-scored for South Perth.

In re­ply, Alex Bevilaqua (4-37) had the Tigers ner­vous with two early strikes re­duc­ing them to 22 but Tim David (27) stead­ied de­spite los­ing five wick­ets, achiev­ing the tar­get in 16.5 overs.

On Satur­day, a stun­ning un­beaten dou­ble-cen­tury from Travis Birt guided Clare­montned­lands to another vic­tory.

Chas­ing 241, the Tigers never looked in dan­ger with Birt and Whiteaker (47) com­bin­ing for a 123-run open­ing stand.

From there Birt stole the show belt­ing 17 bound­aries and seven sixes in his 227-ball knock of 200 not out, with Chris Brabazon (31) and Matt Kelly (28) chim­ing in late.

Su­bi­aco Floreat pulled off a stun­ning vic­tory over Mid­landguild­ford at Lilac Hill to move within one point of the top six with a cou­ple of rounds to play.

Chas­ing 259, Alex Mal­colm led the way with 130 at the top of the or­der, with the opener find­ing some much-needed form.

Aaron Lilly con­tin­ued the on­slaught with a pow­er­ful 113 from 118 balls to bring his side to the brink of vic­tory.

Ja­son Behren­dorff (38) and An­drew Holder (27 not out) fin­ished the game off in style as the vis­i­tors recorded 8-387.

Be­cause of the wet and wild weather, Univer­sity’s match against Joon­dalup at Iluka Sports Com­plex had to be aban­doned with­out a ball be­ing bowled on Satur­day.

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