Lions,tigers fight for final berth
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.