Fre­man­tle makes fi­nals

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FRE­MAN­TLE will play Premier Cricket fi­nals for the first time in eight years, de­spite los­ing to Gos­nells last week­end.

FRE­MAN­TLE will play fi­nals for the first time in eight years de­spite a first in­nings loss to Gos­nells in Premier Cricket at Sutherland­s Park.

Fre­man­tle had won three on the trot but its charge to the fi­nals was blunted de­spite pum­melling 367 runs on day two of its match on Satur­day.

A week ear­lier the Port Boys were bowled out for just 98, with Gos­nells claim­ing first in­nings points af­ter fin­ish­ing day one at 6119.

Fre­man­tle re­turned to Hunt­ing­dale need­ing to take the four re­main­ing wick­ets, to score quickly in the se­cond dig and then take a fur­ther 10 scalps to se­cure an un­likely out­right win.

But the hosts had other ideas with Aaron Kev­erne-Onyon crunch­ing 11 fours and three sixes in a 64-ball 80 that al­lowed his side to de­clare 97 runs in front.

It was a po­si­tion that of­fered Gos­nells the chance to claim a first out­right win for the sea­son. Ul­ti­mately it was not to be. De­spite crum­bling on day one, the Fre­man­tle top or­der pro­vided sig­nif­i­cantly more re­sis­tance se­cond time around as the vis­i­tors piled on 367 runs at bet­ter than a run a ball.

Five of Fre­man­tle’s top six bats­men scored half cen­turies.

In his last in­nings be­fore re­turn­ing to Som­er­set, Tom Abell smashed 10 fours off just 33 de­liv­er­ies.

The pun­ish­ment con­tin­ued af­ter the English­man was dis­missed for 54 with Jake Carder (70 off 74) and Christo­pher Wood (56 off 47) shar­ing in a 104 run stand packed with neat strokes and big hits.

Luke Pomers­bach made his side’s se­cond break­through when he had Wood trapped LBW with the score on 178.

Pomers­bach claimed his side’s third wicket by bowl­ing Chris Fen­ner for four, and Matthew Leipold fi­nally ended Carder’s in­nings soon af­ter.

De­spite los­ing 3-10, fears of a se­cond ma­jor bat­ting col­lapse in two weeks were eased with Daniel Kennedy and Chris Daven­port shar­ing in a 114 run part­ner­ship.

Kennedy cleared the rope three times on his way to 81 off 66, while Daven­port was more mea­sured with 60 off 71.

Fre­man­tle even­tu­ally fin­ished at 7-367 off 57 overs.

Brett Bay­ley took two wick­ets to fin­ish with seven for the match.

Of the 57 overs bowled by Gos­nells on day two, Jeremy McFarlane bowled his side’s only maiden.

Gos­nells did not bat again but de­spite a try­ing day in the field, claimed first in­nings points.

The loss leaves Fre­man­tle in sixth place ahead of this sea­son’s fi­nal home and away game with Wan­neroo, but are locked in to play fi­nals.

The Port Boys can fin­ish as high as fourth.

Gos­nells are ninth.

Pic­tures: Bryce Luff

Luke Pomers­bach bowls to Chris Wood.

Chris Wood in his in­nings of 56 off 47.

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