Premier Cricket Elimination Finals Wrap
12 March 2017  

Chris Hansberry in action for Subiaco Floreat against Fremantle // John Sherry

South Perth and Perth have been eliminated from the Alcohol.Think Again Premier Cricket finals series with Claremont-Nedlands and Joondalup dominating fixtures during the Elimination Finals over the weekend.

A stunning 122-run partnership between Chris Hansberry and Andrew Holder saw Subiaco Floreat cause the major upset of the weekend, beating Fremantle by three wickets at Stevens Reserve.

An eight-wicket haul from Simon Branston was too much for Perth, as Joondalup ran riot to eliminate the side from the finals in a six-wicket victory at Fletcher Park.

Claremont-Nedlands managed a first innings total of more than 400 to defy South Perth in a rain-affected draw at Cresswell Park.

The Tigers will play Subiaco Floreat in the first Preliminary Final next weekend, while Fremantle will face Joondalup in a crunch clash, with the respective winners to meet in the decider.

Claremont-Nedlands 8-409 (David 75, Hope 75, Huckett 4-68) drew with South Perth 2-103 (Guest 37no, Ovens 30, David 1-21), Cresswell Park

Claremont-Nedlands have batted their way into the Preliminary Finals after a dominant day one against South Perth at Cresswell Park. Batting first, the Tigers looked to put the game beyond the reach of the Sky Blues with a draw all the home team required to progress. 

Jacob Whiteaker and Nick Hobson started positively with scores in the sixties before prolific run scorer Tim David hammered 75. Brad Hope (75) and Chris Brabazon (40) combined to steer the Tigers past 300, before Matt Kelly displayed a hitting masterclass to blast 57 from 43 balls. Claremont-Nedlands eventually declared 12 overs into the second day on 8-409. Cam Huckett was the best of the bowlers with four wickets, while Alex Bevilaqua worked tirelessly to bowl 30 overs for two wickets. 

In response, South Perth started strongly with Trent Ovens scoring 30, before rain ended play with the visitors 2-103 after 37 overs. The draw means the Tigers advance to a home Preliminary Final, while the Sky Blues season is over.

Fremantle 155 (Carder 63, Micale 28, Holder 6-41) defeated by Subiaco Floreat 7-203 (Hansberry 67no, Holder 52no, McPhee 3-22), Stevens Reserve

Subiaco Floreat has pulled off a miraculous victory to keep their finals series alive with an upset three-wicket win over Fremantle at Stevens Reserve. 

Andrew Holder was again the standout performer with the ball with 6-41, as the Port Boys were rolled for just 155. Holder was well supported by Ash Blake who took three wickets to continue his fine form, while Chris Hansberry took one wicket. Jake Carder played a lone hand at the top of the order with 63, with Matt Micale (28) and Jarryd McPhee (20) showing some resistance. 

In response, the visitors looked in all sorts of trouble at 7-79, with Jhye Richardson and McPhee decimating the top order to take three wickets each. Holder and Hansberry then came together to form a match-winning unbeaten partnership of 122 to steer their side to a famous victory. Hansberry finished 67 not out, while Holder was unbeaten on 52 to go with his six wickets. The win means Subi stay alive and play Claremont-Nedlands next weekend, while Fremantle have a second chance and will host Joondalup.

Perth 99 & 6-177 (Casey 59, Roberts 26, Branston 3-54) defeated by Joondalup 204 (Johnson 55, Boyland 38, Guthrie 4-38), Fletcher Park

A standout bowling performance from Simon Branston has seen Joondalup knock Perth out of the finals after recording a six-wicket win at Fletcher Park. 

After sending Perth in to bat, Branston struck early for Joondalup to reduce the hosts to 4-10. Tom Casey anchored the home side's innings to record 42, as the Demons were bowled out for 99 in just under 35 overs. Casey was the only batsman to pass 14, as Branston finished with figures of 5-21 from 13 overs. Josh Anderson was the other multiple wicket taker with three wickets. 

The Centurions never looked troubled in reply, as Michael Johnson scored 55 to guide the visitors passed the total of 99. James Boyland scored some handy late order runs to push Joondalup up to a score of 204 all out. Liam Guthrie was impressive with the ball capturing 4-38, but it was to no avail as Joondalup finished comfortable victors. Casey finished with 59 in the second innings to end a fine game, as Perth were knocked out due to Subiaco Floreat beating Fremantle. Joondalup will play Fremantle next weekend for a place in the Premier Cricket Final.

-Elliot Raiter

Photos thanks to John & Carmen Sherry