Cricket: Melville loses to Fremantle on second-last semi-final ball to miss out on One Day League final

Australian T20 call-up Jhye Richardson was instrumental in Fremantle limiting Melville to just 190.
Australian T20 call-up Jhye Richardson was instrumental in Fremantle limiting Melville to just 190.

MELVILLE narrowly missed reaching the One Day League final after losing to Fremantle on the penultimate ball of Sunday’s semi-final.

The Port Boys triumphed by three wickets in a tight contest at Stevens Reserve.

Melville managed 190 after winning the toss, with Matt Wiley top scoring with 57.

The Storm were in trouble early at 3-11 after Chris Chellew (4-33) and Jhye Richardson (4-24) went through their top order.

Tom Scollay (26) and Wiley steadied the ship before Blake Reed (32) and Fraser Hay (21) chipped in from the middle order to help the visitors post a competitive total.

In reply, Chellew (43) and Chris Wood (45) started well but upon the latter’s dismissal when run out by Angus Robson, the Port Boys lost 3-7 to be struggling at 6-135.

Australia T20 call-up Richardson scored a crucial 34 n.o. from 31 balls to guide Fremantle to victory, alongside Ben Moore (9 n.o.) as they finished the job during the final over from Drew Porter.

On Saturday, Melville’s Premier Cricket clash with Perth at Tompkins Park was abandoned without a ball being bowled following rain.

Melville had already claimed first-innings points and remains fifth, with two rounds to play.