Premier Cricket: Fremantle ready for T20 grand final against Gosnells, despite notable absences


Fremantle batsman Shaun Marsh will miss the Premier Cricket T20 grand final due to Big Bash League commitments.
Fremantle batsman Shaun Marsh will miss the Premier Cricket T20 grand final due to Big Bash League commitments.

FREMANTLE coach Joe Piromalli says his squad is ready for an assault on this weekend’s Premier Cricket T20 grand final against Gosnells, despite a host of big names having already been ruled out of the match.

Ashton Turner, Shaun Marsh, Sam Whiteman and Jhye Richardson will miss the showpiece clash at Fletcher Park in Carlisle because of Big Bash League duties with the Perth Scorchers.

All-rounder Mitch Marsh has been scratched from the remainder of Australia’s one-day international series against Pakistan with a right shoulder injury and is unlikely to be fit for Sunday.

But despite the outs, Piromalli said his side could cover their losses.

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“We won’t get any of the Scorchers, who play Hobart the day before the (Premier Cricket T20) grand final,” he said.

“It would be great to have them, but the rest will step up.

“Chris Chellew has done well with the bat and ball for us this year.

“Tom Abell has just been announced four-day skipper at Somerset.

“Chris Davenport can be really dangerous with the bat and Ben Moore will give us an option with the ball.”

Fremantle won four of its five fixtures en route to the grand final, with its only loss coming when the side batted first against Scarborough.

Despite the Port Boys’ success as a chasing side, Piromalli said the wicket would play a role in how his side approached the match.

“Generally the Fletcher Park wicket is batter-friendly,” he said.

“A score of between 130 and 150 might be reached. We haven’t talked tactics so far. It will depend on the wicket.”

Piromalli said a win would be reward for the squad’s effort over the past few years.

“The players are all very excited and the club is looking forward to it,” he said.

“A lot of hard work has gone into getting to this point.”

The match starts at 2pm.