FREMANTLE has fallen just one run short of defeating Subiaco Floreat in a nail-biting WACA Premier Cricket run chase on Saturday.
Fremantle won the toss and chose to take to the field first, but strong batting early saw Subiaco take the early advantage to sit comfortably at 6-207.
Some late innings heroics from the bowlers cleaned up the tail with four balls to go in the final over to keep Subiaco Floreat to 242 runs.
Jake Carder was the pick of the bowlers with three, while Zach Ferris and Ashton Turner took two apiece.
The chase got off to a shaky start for Fremantle when they lost opener Sam Whiteman for a duck, but Carder (62 runs) and Turner (team high 67) steadied the ship to get Fremantle to 109 before Carder was sent back to the change rooms after being adjudged LBW.
A middle order stand led by Brayden Sutton (65) had Fremantle clawing their way towards their opponent’s total until the final ball.
Tailender Ben Moore attempted to steal the draw but was run out by a deft throw from Marcus Stoinis to hand Subiaco Floreat the one run win.
Fremantle’s one-day game against Joondalup on Sunday was recorded as a draw after rain washed it out.
Fremantle’s two-day campaign begins this weekend when they host Wanneroo at Stevens Reserve from 11.40am on October 20 and 21.
There were mixed results for the four local teams in the South Metropolitan Cricket Association competition.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Phoenix quickly faltered in their match against East Fremantle.
An 81-run stand from Jacob Johnson was the only shining light for Phoenix, who lost regular wickets and notched just 167 runs.
It was a total East Fremantle had little trouble chasing down as they hit their way to 5-208 and their second win to open the season.
Cockburn also tasted success with a win against Leeming Spartan.
Leeming batted first but stumbled to a total of 144 as batsmen struggled to stay out in the middle.
A half century to opener Adam O’Neill (56) was enough to seal the away win for Cockburn, who finished the day on 8-156.
Hilton Palmyra are yet to record a win after they lost to CBC.
CBC set them a total of 155 to win, but a total batting collapse from Hilton Palmyra, which saw only two of 11 batsmen reach double digits, saw them all out for 72 runs.
In round three action this weekend, Hilton Palmyra will host Phoenix, East Fremantle will take on CBC and Cockburn will travel to play the SJ Blues.