FREMANTLE remain on top of the WA Premier Cricket table following a crushing nine-wicket victory over University on Saturday.
Import Tom Abell and fellow opener Chris Chellew backed up the good work of their bowlers, sharing in a rock-solid opening stand of 145 to chase down University’s score of 9-195 at Stevens Reserve.
Batting first, University was in a strong position at 1-83 before the wheels began to come fall off.
Ben Moore broke a 74-run stand between Will Bosisto and Brendan Murray when he had the latter caught for 41.
Bosisto carried his bat to finish with 108 from 157 deliveries.
His innings included three sixes and nine fours.
But the support was not there, with no other batsman scoring more than 14 runs.
Moore finished with bowling figures of 4-27. Chellew recorded 3-29.
The other two wickets to fall were run outs.
In reply, Abell crunched 12 fours on his way to 77 before he was caught off the bowling of Nicholas Maiolo.
Chellew went one better with 78 runs from 107 deliveries, his innings also including 12 fours.
Fremantle secured the win just one wicket down and with 14 overs to spare.
The Port Boys, who are equal top with South Perth after four rounds, faces grand final conquerors Rockingham-Mandurah next Saturday at Lark Hill.
South Metropolitan Cricket Association
It was beautiful cricket weather on Saturday as the South Metropolitan Cricket Association’s first set of two-day fixtures got off to a successful start.
East Fremantle’s bowlers were up and down against a Thornlie side that managed 235 runs in the first innings, including a huge 104 not out from Kodie McKrill.
Despite knocking over seven of the 11 batsmen for seven runs or less, McKrill and teammates Alan Zanich (54 runs), Stephen Bennett (24) and Brad Fletcher (22) proved harder to dismiss.
Nick Siave and Elliott Lawrie did most of the damage, taking seven wickets between them.
Phoenix also managed a strong start, scoring 215 runs against Bicton Attadale.
All but four batsmen scored in double-digits, with Barry Savage (55) and Simon Morgan (50) the pick of the bunch.
Kieran Murphy and Matthew Coates took three wickets each to give Bicton Attadale an achievable target in the run chase.
Cockburn’s top order batting collapse could prove costly in their game against Leeming Spartan.
Cockburn managed just 129 runs after finding themselves at 4-19, Troy Evans’ 32 late in the innings the team’s only saving grace.
Leeming scored 2-38 in return before the game was called off for the night.
In the competition’s final fixture, Armadale scored 169 runs in the first innings against CBC.
The final day of round three play will be on October 29.