Chel­low tonne se­cures up­set win

FRE­MAN­TLE CATCH MI­NOR PRE­MIERS ON THE HOP

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

THE Fre­man­tle Dis­tricts Cricket Club caused a boilover in the open­ing week­end of the fi­nals, knock­ing off the mi­nor pre­miers.

In their first fi­nals ap­pear­ance in eight years, Fre­man­tle took on top-of-the-lad­der Rockingham Man­durah in a semi-fi­nal at Port Kennedy’s Lark Hill Sports Com- plex, thrash­ing their op­po­nents by 132 runs.

But it was not all smooth sail­ing for the Port Boys.

Win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Fre­man­tle got off to a shaky start with a top or­der col­lapse that in­cluded los­ing big names Shaun Marsh and Ash­ton Turner for 15 and six runs re­spec­tively to be lan­guish­ing at 7-124.

En­ter num­ber six Chris Chel- low, who stead­ied the ship by smash­ing 112 runs, in­clud­ing 12 bound­aries, to help steer Fre­man­tle to 272 runs.

Rockingham-Man­durah looked out of sorts in re­ply, los­ing wick­ets steadily through­out the in­nings to be all out for 140, thanks to strong bowl­ing from Jamie Heath, Joel Cross­well and Chel­low, who took seven wick­ets be­tween them.

Fre­man­tle will take on Wil­let­ton in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal this week­end.

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