Gosnells to host Fremantle in Premier Cricket T20 grand final

Gosnells to host Fremantle in Premier Cricket T20 grand final

GOSNELLS will host Fremantle in the Premier Cricket T20 grand final at Fletcher Park on January 22.

The Hawks won through to the showpiece event after defeating University by three wickets in their preliminary final clash at Sutherlands Park.

Chasing 173 for victory, Gosnells struck the winning runs off the penultimate ball of the innings.

Earlier in the day, Brendan Murray scored a solid 46 opening the innings, while 49 from Daniel Moore and 30 from Ashton Agar helped University post a good score.

In reply Gosnells had looked on track for a big win before Aaron Keverne-Onyon was undone by David Moody to leave the Hawks 3-142.

Keverne-Onyon’s swashbuckling 54 off 37 deliveries included four sixes and three fours, but his wicket triggered a collapse.

Needing just 31 runs for the win, Gosnells lost three more wickets to sit 6-146.

They lost their seventh 20 runs later but snuck home with three wickets and one ball to spare thanks to Alistair Bivens’ 20 off 10 deliveries (two sixes and one four) and Chris Prescott (one from one).

Fremantle qualified for the final after defeating Claremont-Nedlands by five wickets in the other preliminary final.

Economical bowling from the Port Boys restricted the opposition to 6-130.

Ashton Turner claimed the top three batsmen to finish with figures of 3-30.

Mitch Marsh claimed two, while Jhye Richardson took one.

Claremont-Nedlands battled hard to defend a moderate score, taking wickets at regular intervals.

Brayden Sutton was run-out without facing a delivery and the fielding side was celebrating again soon after when Sam Whiteman was dismissed for nine.

When Mitch Marsh was caught off the bowling of Jack Cattrall, Fremantle was 3-33.

Ashton Turner (33 from 22) and Chris Davenport (22 from 25) steadied the ship before both were dismissed to leave Fremantle 5-92, still 39 runs from victory.

But calm heads from Tom Abell (32 from 23) and Richardson (10 from 12) eased the Port Boys to a grand final berth with an over to spare.