Claremont-Nedlands against Fremantle earlier in the Premier Cricket season // John Sherry
Claremont-Nedlands and Fremantle will battle it out for the One Day League premiership on Sunday at the WACA Ground with the Tigers looking to go back-to-back for the first time in the club’s history.
The Tigers were far too strong for South Perth in the semi-final, bowling the Sky Blues out for 69 to reach the Grand Final, while the Port Boys did it much tougher, defeating Melville in a thriller.
Fremantle are looking for their third straight piece of silverware after taking out the Premier T20 and Statewide T20 competitions earlier in the season, however will have to do it without one of their stars.
Tom Abell has returned home to Somerset to captain his County in a huge blow to the Port Boys chances, with reliance heavily on the likes of Jake Carder, Ashton Turner and Chris Chellew.
Carder looks a ready-made star after receiving a WACA Rookie contract this season, with the left-hander smashing a calm 49 in the Premier T20 Final win over Gosnells, before a dominant century last weekend in the Toyota Futures League guided Western Australia to victory.
The Tigers are just hitting their straps with a near perfect season, winning the Kevin Sullivan Silver Cup for the Minor Premiership and qualifying for this decider with a full-strength team.
Big-hitting Travis Birt will hope to emulate his form from last season’s final, after hammering a century to guide the Tigers to the title, while Nick Hobson and Tim David will again be crucial with the bat.
Joel Paris is a chance to return to the one-day format after bowling last weekend. The left-arm quick could be a major wildcard going into the final, with Fremantle’s Jhye Richardson the stand-out seamer for the Port Boys.
Richardson has had a strong 2016-17 after making his debut for Australia last weekend in the T20 Internationals, with the fast bowler a key element to Fremantle claiming their first one-day title since 1992-93.
The Tigers have been largely unchanged throughout the entire season in both white and red ball cricket, however may regain the services of Brad Hope for the final, given his school side Christ Church has a bye in the Darlot Cup.
The fixture begins at 11.00am on Sunday, with entry free through Gate 2.-Elliot Raiter