WACA Premier Cricket: Melville on the back foot in two-day clash with Fremantle

WACA Premier Cricket: Melville on the back foot in two-day clash with Fremantle

A TOM Abell century and some lower-order hitting has helped Fremantle to a solid total on day one of its Round 6 Premier Cricket clash with Melville.

After a stuttering start to the innings at Stevens Reserve, where the Port Boys were reduced to 3-19 thanks to a lively opening spell from Mark Turner, Abell provided a steady hand.

The English import spent close to four hours at the crease to score 102 from 180 deliveries.

The innings included seven fours.

Assisting him to steady the ship was Chris Chellew, who scored 38 during a 75-run fifth-wicket stand that was broken when he was caught off the bowling of Ryan Duffield.

Further support came from the lower order, with Daniel Kennedy (40 off 98 deliveries), Jarryd McPhee (42 not out off 59) and Benjamin Moore (28 off 44) pushing the score to 303 before the hosts were bowled out in the 90th and final over of the day.

Turner, who had run through the Fremantle top order with the opening three wickets, was the pick of the visiting bowlers, finishing the day with 4-90 from 23 overs.

Duffield was economical with 2-18 from nine overs, with Daniel Rootes powering through a mountain of work to finish with 2-74 from 23 overs.

Day two play will commence at Stevens Reserve on Saturday at 11.40am.