Li­ons,tigers fight for fi­nal berth

Western Suburbs Weekly - - -

WESTERN sub­urbs clubs Clare­mont-ned­lands and Su­bi­aco-floreat will face off for a place in the Pre­mier Cricket de­cider af­ter pro­gress­ing in the fi­nals over the week­end.

A stun­ning 122-run part­ner­ship be­tween Subi skip­per Chris Hans­berry and lead­ing wicket-taker An­drew Holder saw the Li­ons cause the ma­jor up­set of the week­end against Fre­man­tle at Stevens Re­serve.

Holder was again the stand­out per­former with the ball with 6-41, as the Port Boys were rolled for just 155.

He was well sup­ported by Ash Blake, who took three wick­ets.

In re­sponse, the vis­i­tors looked in all sorts of trou­ble at 7-79 with Jhye Richard­son and Jar­ryd Mcphee dec­i­mat­ing the top or­der to take three wick­ets each.

Holder and Hans­berry then came to­gether to form a match­win­ning un­beaten part­ner­ship of 122 to steer their side to a fa­mous vic­tory.

They re­sumed on day two at 7133, 23 runs short of vic­tory, but achieved that early on Sun­day.

Hans­berry fin­ished 67 not out, while Holder was un­beaten on 52 to go with his six wick­ets.

Mean­while, Clare­mont-ned­lands bat­ted their way into the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nals as their rain-af­fected clash with South Perth fin­ished a draw at Cress­well Park.

Bat­ting first, the Tigers looked to put the game beyond the reach of the Sky Blues, with a draw all the home team re­quired to progress.

Ja­cob Whiteaker and Nick Hob­son started pos­i­tively with scores in the 60s be­fore pro­lific run-scorer Tim David ham­mered 75.

Brad Hope (75) and Chris Brabazon (40) com­bined to steer the Tigers past 300, be­fore Matt Kelly dis­played a hit­ting mas­ter class to blast 57 from 43 balls.

Clare­mont-ned­lands even­tu­ally de­clared 12 overs into the sec­ond day on 8-409. Rain marred the sec­ond day of the fix­ture, with South Perth fin­ish­ing at 2-103.

The two clubs will meet on Satur­day and Sun­day from 10.30am at Cress­well Park.

Su­bi­aco-floreat caused an up­set against Fre­man­tle on the week­end.

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