FREMANTLE overcame a slow start on Saturday to defeat Midland Guildford in a tight tussle at Lilac Hill.
Starting the day at 2-34, Fremantle struggled its way to 5-79 as Sam Whiteman found some much-needed form with the bat.
Whiteman continued to turn over the strike, as he and Daniel Kennedy pushed the total up to 112 after a morale-boosting 33-run partnership.
Following Whiteman’s dismissal for 68, Kennedy and Chris Davenport put the match firmly in Fremantle’s hands, producing 35 runs during their seventh-wicket partnership, pushing the score to 7-147.
With three wickets left in hand and only 37 runs need for victory, Davenport and the white-hot Jarryd McPhee added a further 33 runs, driving the score to 180 before McPhee and Zach Ferris scored the winning runs in the 74th over.
Charlie Cassell did all he could to contain Fremantle, taking 4-65 in an impressive display.