The Elimination Finals of the Alcohol.Think Again Premier
Cricket season take place this weekend, with the six best sides of the year
battling it out to progress through to the Semi-Finals.
Cresswell Park, Fletcher Park and Stevens Reserve will host
all fixtures, with the bottom two ranked sides to lose being eliminated from the
Claremont-Nedlands start as raging Premiership favourites
after securing the One-Day flag last week, while South Perth and Subiaco
Floreat will look to cause upsets this weekend.
Many stars are out of the exciting fixtures, with Sheffield
Shield in Alice Springs limiting many WA players availability.
Home ground advantage may prove vital, with the higher
placed sides only needing a draw to move forward in the competition.
All fixtures begin at 10.30am and continue across both
Saturday and Sunday.
Claremont-Nedlands (1st, W,L,W,W,W) v South Perth
(6th,L,W,W,W,W) at Cresswell Park
Umpires: T Rann-W Barron.
CN: Chris Brabazon (c), Travis Birt, Daniel
Turkich, Jack Cattrall, Jacob Whiteaker, Nicholas Hobson, Haydan Morton, Tim
David, Keagan Africa, Matthew Kelly, Bradley Hope.
SP: Hilton Cartwright (c), Trent Ovens, Brandon Guest,
Michael Bailey, Darius D'Silva, Hugh Brown, Nicholas Mitchell, Sam Birchall,
Alex Bevilaqua, Rex Strickland, Simon Ringrose, Cameron Huckett.
Claremont-Nedlands begin their finals campaign as outright
Premiership favourites, with a battle against South Perth at Cresswell Park the
first hurdle for the Tigers.
The home side is largely unchanged from their winning
One-Day Final last weekend, with Joel Paris dropping out of the side and Keagan
Africa coming back in.
Travis Birt was at his damaging best last weekend and will
again prove crucial at the top of the order, while quicks Matt Kelly and Jack
Cattrall will hope to continue their standout seasons.
Tim David sits alone at the top of the run scoring charts
for this season, with his dangerous stroke play and power hitting a worrying
sign for the Sky Blue bowlers.
South Perth has named a strong squad to tackle the Minor
Premiers, with Trent Ovens and Hugh Brown returning to the lineup after a week
Cam Huckett has been brilliant with the ball in the past
month, while Sam Birchall and Alex Bevilaqua pose a constant threat.
Michael Bailey scored 71 against the Tigers last weekend and
will want to emulate that feat, with Hilton Cartwright missing due to Sheffield
Shield duty in Alice Springs.
Fremantle (2nd, D, L,W,W,L) v Subiaco Floreat
(5th,W,W,W,L,W) at Stevens Reserve West
Umpires: T Steenholdt-J Hewitt
FR: Christopher Wood (c), Jake Carder, Anthony Collova,
Chris Chellew, Jhye Richardson, Brayden Sutton, Matthew Micale, Jarryd McPhee,
Joel Crosswell, Jamie Heath, Ross Macauley, Benjamin Moore, Chris Davenport,
SF: Christopher Hansberry (c), Alexander
Malcolm, Calum How, Anthony Murphy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Geremy Fatouros, Aaron
Lilly, Andrew Holder, Ashley Blake, James Sansalone, Tim Monteleone.
Fremantle face Subiaco Floreat in a danger matchup at
Stevens Reserve, with the visitors full of confidence after a late season surge
into the top six.
The Port Boys still look an ominous side on paper, with an
extended squad named for the crucial fixture.
Jhye Richardson will play after being released from the 12-man
squad for the state side in a huge boost for Freo, while Jake Carder and Chris
Wood will take up responsibility with bat in hand.
Veterans Jamie Heath, Brayden Sutton and Joel Crosswell
bring a wealth of finals experience, which could prove invaluable over the
weekend, with Sutton claiming the two-day flag with Rockingham-Mandurah last
The loss of Tom Abell is disappointing for Fremantle, however
the side made it all the way to the final last season without their English
star, after he once again left back home for Somerset.
Subiaco Floreat are a threat going into this finals season,
with plenty of weapons at their disposal to cause major upsets throughout the
Andrew Holder has been outstanding this season with 41
wickets and will be looking to strike with the new ball, with Ash Blake coming
off three scalps last weekend.
The departing Alex Malcolm and Anthony Murphy provide stability and
experience at the top of the order, while Calum How continues to show why he is
so highly rated within the WACA community.
Cameron Green will still be missing with a knee issue, as
Nathan Coulter-Nile continues to return from a long-term lay off.
If the Subi veterans can perform, this game may well go down
to the wire.
Perth (3rd D,W,L,W,W) v Joondalup (4th W,L,D,W,L at Fletcher
Umpires: N Johnstone-H Botes.
PE: Luke Jury (c), Jacob Snadden, Tom Casey, Dain Moreton,
Sean Roberts, Josh Nicholas, Benjamin Mike, Jacob Van Galen, Dean Nelson, Aidan
Enright, Liam Guthrie.
JO: Michael Swart (c), Jaron Morgan, Clinton
Hinchliffe, Garrick Morgan, James Boyland, Thomas Russell, Josh Inglis, Jed
Standring, Josh Anderson, Michael Johnson, Simon Branston, Ty Hopes.
Joondalup and Perth look set to play out the match of the
round, with both sides maintaining consistent years as they hunt a Premiership
for season 2017.
Fletcher Park will host the contest, with the Centurions
naming a strong squad to take on the Demons.
Michael Swart could be a finals wildcard after a quiet
month, with Josh Inglis missing with WA duty after a century last weekend.
Clint Hinchliffe and Garrick Morgan will lead at the top of
the Joondalup batting lineup, while James Boyland will use all of his experience to take
wickets with the new ball.
Ty Hopes and Simon Branston have played plenty of finals
themselves and will push for success, while Josh Anderson and Michael Johnson
give stability to the squad.
Perth will be missing key batsman Jonathan Wells for the
fixture as he represents his state, with Josh Nicholas again vital with the
Dain Moreton and Jacob Van Galen have excelled this season
and taken on extra responsibility; with their Perth side now needing both take
their games to a new level in this finals series.
Luke Jury will be the experienced campaigner in the side,
with youngster Liam Guthrie and Dean Nelson having strong seasons themselves.
Both sides will be desperate for a victory this weekend,
with defeat for either seeing them exit, should one of the fifth or sixth ranked teams triumph.