WACA Premier Cricket: Fremantle starts season in style with two wins


Fremantle District Cricket Club’s Chris Chellew bowling against Joondalup on Saturday.
Fremantle District Cricket Club’s Chris Chellew bowling against Joondalup on Saturday.

FREMANTLE kicked off its WACA Premier Cricket season in perfect fashion after claiming two wins over the weekend.

The Port Boys knocked off premiership hopefuls Joondalup at Iluka Sports Complex on Saturday, before beating Midland-Guildford at Stevens Reserve on Sunday.

After the opening round was washed out, Chris Davenport got right to work crunching eight sixes in a swashbuckling innings of 117 from 76 deliveries to help Fremantle post 7-236 from 34 overs.

Chris Chellew also chimed in with a steadying 73 from 82 deliveries after Fremantle had been in trouble at 4-67.

In reply Joondalup were routed.

After reaching 49 runs for the loss of just one wicket, the hosts lost 8-45 to lose all hope of victory.

They were eventually bowled out for 118, still 119 runs short of the win.

The economical Joel Crosswell finished with four wickets from his seven overs and Ross Macauley snagged three wickets from his six overs.

On Sunday the Port Boys recorded a 42-run home win thanks to an even display across-the-board.

The hosts amassed 5-269 with half centuries to Chris Wood (83 from 107) and Braydon Sutton (58 from 93).

Tom Abell scored 40 from 54, Daniel Kennedy hit 32 from 24 and Davenport cracked 22 from 13.

In reply, Midland-Guildford were bowled out for 227.

Keaton Critchell was the pick of the visiting batsman, scoring 93 off 100.

Ben Moore picked up three wickets from Fremantle and Crosswell two.