SUBIACO Floreat lost to Midland Guildford by seven wickets on Saturday at Floreat Park, losing any hope of playing finals.
With a slim chance of finishing in the top six, the Lions needed a strong start to the match.
However, it was Midland Guildford’s Julian Crudeli who started the match in red-hot form, ripping through the Lions top order batsmen and taking the first four wickets of the match to have the Lions sitting shakily on 4-31.
Anthony Murphy, however, remained calm throughout the opening carnage, as he and Joshua Parker scored 47 much-needed runs during their fifth-wicket partnership.
Thomas Gosling struck back quickly for Midland Guildford, taking the two wickets of Parker and Murphy, as the Lions slumped to 6-94.
Needing a decent total to defend, captain Chris Hansberry and Kiran Prashanth provided some form of resistance to the visitors, adding 40 runs to the total.
However, at 7-134, Corry Verco helped Crudeli tear through the tail, bowling the Lions out for a lowly 160 runs.
Crudeli was outstanding for Midland Guildford, finishing the day with brilliant figures of 6-28.
Midland Guildford’s response was swift and effortless, something which it has lacked throughout the season.
James Kirwan got the ball rolling for Midland Guildford.
He and Keaton Critchell helped push the total to 64 before Austin Thomas took over from Kirwan.
At 3-64, Thomas and Critchell dispatched the ball around the ground with ease, putting on a sensational 97-run partnership to secure a well-deserved seven-wicket victory for Midland Guildford.