Tigers & Fremantle Reach One Day Decider
13 February 2017  

Jhye Richardson takes one of his four wickets for Fremantle // Carmen Sherry

Claremont-Nedlands and Fremantle have progressed through to the One Day League Grand Final at the WACA Ground in three weeks after both won their semi-finals on Sunday.

It was a case of two contrasting semi-finals, with Claremont-Nedlands thrashing South Perth by five wickets inside 17 overs, while Fremantle edged Melville by three wickets on the penultimate ball.

The two Premier Cricket ladder leaders will meet at the WACA Ground on Sunday 5 March.

Melville managed 190 after winning the toss against the Port Boys at Stevens Reserve, with Matt Wiley top scoring with 57.

The Storm had been 3-11 after Chris Chellew (4-33) and Jhye Richardson (4-24) went through their top order.

In reply, Chellew (43) and Chris Wood (45) started well, but upon the latter’s dismissal when run out by Angus Robson, the Port Boys lost 3-7 to be struggling at 6-135.

Australia T20 call-up Richardson scored a crucial 34no from 31 balls to guide Fremantle to victory, alongside Ben Moore (9no) as they finished the job during the final over from Drew Porter.

Claremont-Nedlands bowled out South Perth for a meagre 69 at Cresswell Park, with Daniel Turkich (3-9) and Matt Kelly (2-10) the stars with the ball. 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 2-2, but Tim David (27) steadied despite losing five wickets, achieving the target in 16.5 overs.