FREMANTLE has suffered a rare loss after falling in its two-day Premier Cricket clash with South Perth at Richardson Park on Saturday.
After scoring 5-366, the hosts continued their hot form by skittling the Port Boys for just 143 to claim first-innings points.
Cameron Huckett gutted Fremantle’s middle order to finish with figures of 4-19 from 13 overs.
His impressive work followed that of Alex Bevilaqua and Sam Birchall, who set their side on the right path by removing Fremantle’s top three batsmen cheaply.
Huckett kept the momentum in South Perth’s favour to leave Fremantle all but out of the contest at 5-36.
Ben Sutton (28 from 74) and Chris Chellew (31 from 81) provided Fremantle’s only real threat to the scoreboard, while Jarryd McPhee dug in with a 68-ball 14.
Fremantle will need to rebound quickly, taking on Perth at Stevens Reserve on Saturday, and the one-day grand final against Claremont-Nedlands on Sunday.