Alcohol.Think Again WA Premier Cricket
Elimination Finals - Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March 2020 -Two Day Match
First Grade Review
It was a hotly contested first week of finals in WA Premier Cricket, as 6 teams were reduced to 4 in a exciting round of results.
Claremont Nedlands 336 All Out def by Joondalup 338 All Out at Cresswell Park
In the 1 v 6 match, Claremont Nedlands won the toss and sent Joondalup in to bat first. At the top of the order Zak Birchall compiled a well made 61 as he was part of a 105 run partnership for the 3rd wicket with Western Warrior Josh Inglis, who made 88 himself. The Centurions innings continued to wriggle on towards a large total as the day went on, with Blair Oakley adding 67 himself, as Claremont Nedlands bowled Joondalup out in the last over of Day 1 for 338, as Haydan Morton took 5/73. The Tigers chase got off to a solid start, at one stage reaching 2/201 as the combination of Brendan Murray (80), Nick Hobson (56) and Brad Hope (42) made key contributions. However the Centurions struck back with regular wickets, despite Morton (78) keeping the Tiges in the game, right down to the last over. In a thrilling finish, Joe Inglis claimed the wicket of Morton with 3 runs still required, ensuring that Joondalup live to fight another day in the 2019-20 season!
Scarborough 168 All Out def Melville 149 All Out at Abbett Park East
It was a battle of 2 v 5 at Abbett Park, and Melville won the toss early, sending the home team in to bat. Early wickets from the Storm seamers saw the Gulls slip to 3/58, before Philippe (36) and Maiolo (33) added 53 for the 4th wicket. From there the Storm bowlers took control, regularly pegging back wickets as Brad Turner (4/35) and Ewan Neilson (3/31) dominated proceedings as Scarborough were bowled for 168 in the 66th over. The Storm then got through a trick period at the end of Day 1 to finish 0/34 as Blake Reed and Douwtie Hoogenboezem navigated Lance Morris and Andrew Tye. Things would turn on Day 2, as Morris (4/51) got into the wickets early to reduce the Storm to 2/48 and then 6/111 as the game became anyone's to play for. Despite Blake Reed's 49, no one else could make more than 21, and that would prove to be the difference as the Storm would fall 19 runs short and be eliminated from the 2019-20 Premier Cricket Season.
Subiaco Floreat 8/226 def University 105 All Out at Floreat Park
Much like the two other clashes, University won the toss and sent Subiaco Floreat in to bat first at Floreat Park in the 3 v 4 clash. The Lions would manage 8/226 in 83 overs before rain forced a early innings closure, as Aaron Lilly top scored with 62 not out, as Marcus Stoinis provided support and entertainment with 39 from 18 balls, including 5 sixes! The University attack was miserly bowling 20 maidens, as Bailey Richards led the charge taking 2/27 from 16 overs. After some delay due to wet weather on day two, University had 81 overs to chase the 226. It did not get off to a great start, losing competition leading run scorer Chris Sabburg for 7 with the score on 12, as up and coming young pace bowler Michael Hart tore through the top order. It quickly became 3/20, and 7/57 as Hart (4/33) and Ash Blake (3/21) piled on the pressure on the Students. University would eventually be bowled out for 105 in the 50th over, ending their season in the process.