TOM Abell showed why he is being pegged for future international honours after starring in Fremantle’s T20 premiership win over Gosnells at Fletcher Park on Sunday.
The Englishman was named man of the match after taking 2-22 and scoring an undefeated 59 to help the Port Boys chase down 170 with one ball to spare.
Earlier in the day, Fremantle won the toss and, unsurprisingly, opted to field.
The Port Boys won four games batting second on their way to Sunday’s final, with their only loss of the tournament coming when they batted first.
Gosnells got the scoreboard ticking over with veteran quick Jamie Heath hit for six in his first over and Chris Chellew picked off for three straight boundaries in his first set.
Gosnells, which was undefeated on its way to the final, finished the powerplay at 1-52 and looked on course for a massive score.
But some tight bowling from left-arm spinner Ross Macauley and Abell through the middle period of the innings reined in the scoring.
Gosnells skipper Luis Reece proved the star with the bat for his side, compiling an impressive 66 from 46 deliveries.
Alistair Bivens (26 runs from 18 balls) and David Thomason (22 from 14) each hit quick runs to push the score up to 169.
In reply, Chellew was dismissed cheaply after he spooned a ball to cover-point for nine.
Sitting at 1-26 off the first five overs, Jake Carder ensured Fremantle made use of the final powerplay over by hitting multiple boundaries including one massive six.
Fremantle skipper Brayden Sutton was stumped for 11 chasing quick runs, bringing Abell to the crease.
The 22-year-old and Carder consolidated before Bryan Lutter and Aaron Keverne-Onyon threatened to dismantle the chase after taking four quick wickets between them to reduce Fremantle to 6-119.
Among the scalps was Carder for a well-played 49.
Abell’s innings was not without fortune.
He was given a match-defining lifeline in the 16th over when he was dropped on the boundary and the ball rolled for four.
He had earlier skied a ball to mid-off, with the Gosnells fielder unable to backtrack quickly enough to catch it.
But it mattered little as Fremantle secured their second T20 crown, with Matt Micale hitting the winning runs with one ball left in the innings.
n Centuries to Jake Carder and Tom Abell helped Fremantle secure a solid position at stumps on day one of its round 12 Premier Cricket clash with Scarborough at Abbett Park on Saturday.
Carder hit 16 boundaries in his innings of 115, with Abell crunching 120 to set the Port Boys on course for 9-365.
Scarborough bowler Wes Robinson finished with 3-81 from 19 overs and Edward Barnard took 3-69 from 22 overs.
Day two play resumes on Saturday at 11.40am.