Cricket: Fremantle secure finals spot with victory against University

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FREMANTLE has secured a WA Premier Cricket finals appearance after defeating University on Saturday.

Set a total of 143 to chase down, Fremantle had a hiccup early when they lost Kaiden Cookson (4 runs), but fellow opener Jake Carder anchored the other end for most of the innings on his way to a team high 60 before his wicket fell at 4-121.

Fremantle coasted to victory from that point, Brayden Sutton falling just two runs short of his third half century for the season when the last wicket fell.

With just one round remaining, Fremantle are fourth on the ladder behind Rockingham-Mandurah, Claremont-Nedlands and Willetton.

They will take on 15th-placed Gosnells in a one-day match in the final round, starting from 11.40am, March 9 at Sutherlands Park.

In the South Metropolitan Cricket Association, Cockburn and Fremantle’s four teams have started round 14 strongly.

Phoenix declared at 5-214 in their match against Bicton Attadale after a huge 93-run effort from opener Ben McGilvray put them in a strong position partway through day 1.

Phoenix declared with enough time to send their opponents in to bat, knocking them over for just 126 thanks to a four-wicket haul from Craig Stewart.

East Fremantle also declared in their match against the SJ Blues.

Sent into bat first, East Fremantle reached 9-199 before calling time on their innings, Ben Mustard top scoring with 66.

SJ Blues were 1-23 in reply at stumps.

Hilton Palmyra were knocked over for 172 in their match against Leeming after Simon Bierwirth (59) helped his team recover from a shaky start.

Cockburn will need to score 173 to beat CBC in their match.

Cockburn’s bowlers shared the spoils on day 1, Troy Evans (3-41) leading the charge with support from Chris Scenini and Troy De Jesus, who took two apiece.

Day 2’s play will continue on March 9.