Premier Cricket: Freo faces massive run chase against South Perth


Chris Chellew continued his great form. Picture: John Sherry
Chris Chellew continued his great form. Picture: John Sherry

FREMANTLE has it all to do after being set a big total for victory in its two-day clash with South Perth at Richardson Park.

But it was not all bad news for the Port Boys who secured their second piece of silverware for the season.

Robert Jones smashed a season-best 140 runs from 188 deliveries while Trent Ovens and Brooke Guest scored half centuries to guide South Perth to 5-366 on Saturday.

In-form Port Boys paceman Chris Chellew claimed South Perth’s top three wickets and finished with figures of 3-135.

But it was hard work for the rest of the bowlers with only Tom Abell and Ross Macauley finding any reward for effort.

Day two play resumes on Saturday at 11.40am.

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On Sunday, Fremantle claimed its second piece of silverware for the season after defeating Peel by five wickets in the Statewide T20 Grand Final at the WACA.

Chris Davenport hit a six off Ian Bowes to win the match for Fremanlte, just a month after it won the Premier T20 title.

Peel amassed 7-112 after winning the toss and opting to bat first.

Tom Abell (2-23) and Ross Macauley (2-18) were the best with the ball for Fremantle.

Peel bowler Grant Coles dismissed Dan Kennedy for a duck as the Port Boys started poorly, but Jake Carder rallied with 34 off 30 balls.

Abell (13) and Brayden Sutton (6) fell around Carder, who saw his side slump to 4-66 in the 11th over on his dismissal, with the impressive Jesse Buck taking 2-16.

Davenport took over, with a match-winning 41 not-out from 32 balls which included three fours and two sixes to ease the Port Boys to victory.

Meanwhile, Cockburn and East Fremantle both have work to do this weekend if they want to come away with a win in the second-last round of the South Metropolitan Cricket Association competition.

After a promising start from Cockburn’s opening batsmen Jake Mirco and Adam Cimetta, Cimetta top scoring with 35, a middle order collapse had most batsmen get a start but be unable to go on with it, the team eventually all out for 182.

Phoenix performed strongly with the ball, Craig Stewart doing all the damage taking 7-57.

Across town, East Fremantle won the toss and sent opponents CBC into bat, a move that they could live to regret after Craig Richmond belted 97 runs before he was dismissed, CBC finishing the innings on a strong total of 264.

In other games, Bicton Attadale were knocked over for 110 by Leeming Spartan, who scored 3-62 in reply by stumps, while Thornlie scored 276 runs in their match against Armadale.