SOUTH Perth was unable to book a place in the One Day League grand final as Claremont-Nedlands dominated Sunday’s semi-final.
It was a case of two contrasting semi-finals, with Claremont-Nedlands thrashing South Perth by five wickets inside 17 overs, while Fremantle edged out Melville by three wickets on the penultimate ball.
The two Premier Cricket ladder leaders will meet at the WACA Ground on March 5.
Claremont-Nedlands bowled out South Perth for a meagre 69 at Cresswell Park, with Daniel Turkich (3-9) and Matt Kelly (2-10) the stars with the ball.
Nicholas Mitchell (17) top-scored for South Perth.
In reply, Alex Bevilaqua (4-37) had the Tigers nervous with two early strikes reducing them to 2-2, but Tim David (27) steadied despite the side losing five wickets, achieving the target in 16.5 overs.
Poor weather meant that there was no further play on Saturday in Perth’s game against Melville and South Perth’s match with Bayswater in the WA Premier Cricket competition.
Despite the heavy rains, play was possible at Fletcher Park in 2nd and 4th grades.
The Perth second grade team was never in the hunt chasing a big total and were dismissed for 155, with Royce Blight’s 35 the best effort.
Young all-rounder Matt Russo held the key to Perth’s overnight hopes in fourth grade.
Resuming not out on 33, he pushed his tally to 63 and guided Perth to a thrilling first innings victory.
Inspired by this, the young Demons then skittled Melville for 80 in the second innings with Ethan Carrington capturing 5-20.
With plenty of overs available, the
72-run target was achieved and outright victory secured.
Fourth grade are now still with a chance of making finals after four victories on the trot.