Premier Cricket: Fremantle downs Melville to reach One Day final


Fremantle quick Chris Chellew starred with four wickets and 43 runs in Fremantle's tense win over Melville on Sunday.
Fremantle quick Chris Chellew starred with four wickets and 43 runs in Fremantle's tense win over Melville on Sunday.

FREMANTLE is into its second final of the season after defeating Melville by three wickets in a One Day League semi-final clash at Stevens Reserve on Sunday.

Chris Chellew starred with four wickets and a handy 43 from the top of the order, as the Port Boys triumphed on the penultimate ball. Melville managed 190 after winning the toss, with Matt Wiley top scoring with 57.

The Storm had been 3-11 after Chellew (4-33) and Jhye Richardson (4-24) made quick inroads into their top order. In reply, Chellew (43) and Chris Wood (45) started well, but upon the latter’s dismissal when run out by Angus Robson, the Port Boys lost 3-7 to be struggling at 6-135.

Australia T20 call-up Richardson scored a crucial 34 not out from 31 balls to guide Fremantle to victory, alongside Ben Moore (9no) as they finished the job during the final over from Drew Porter.

Fremantle will meet Claremont-Nedlands in the final at the WACA on March 5.

The victory came a day after the Port Boys secured the win against Mt Lawley at Stevens Reserve.

The Hawks had been dismissed for just 57 on day one, allowing Fremantle a real look at an outright win.

But the visitors provided significantly more resistance second time around, with Dylan Sharman scoring an unbeaten 100 and Shane Rakich hitting 76 to push the score up to 6-264.