UNIVERSITY narrowly missed out on a spot in the Premier Cricket T20 grand final after losing their semi-final to Gosnells by three wickets with one ball to spare at Sutherlands Park on Sunday.
The Students defeated Willetton by 25 runs in the morning start quarter-final boosted by the presence of England and Perth Scorchers batsman Ian Bell who made 49 from 39 balls.
The win meant they tackled hosts Gosnells in the semi-final in the 2pm start, posting 8-172 from their 20 overs, before the contest went down to the wire.
Ashton Agar took three wickets while Englishman Harry Podmore completed two run outs, before Alistair Bivens (20) and Chris Prescott (1) got the winning run on the penultimate ball.
Meanwhile in Saturday’s round eight Premier Cricket action, Uni recorded its first win of the season over Melville at James Oval.
Chasing Melville’s 187, Uni cruised to victory led by Will Bosisto (117) and Agar (126) who combined for a 194-run fourth wicket partnership. Uni finished the day 8-416.
Elsewhere, Subiaco Floreat successfully chased down South Perth’s 9-273 at Floreat Park Oval on Saturday.
Calum How scored 115 from 128 balls, while Alex Malcolm (84) and Aaron Lilly (84) contributed as Subi made 4-395.
Claremont-Nedlands heads into the Christmas break on top of the table after an outright win over Gosnells at Cresswell Park.
The Tigers declared immediately on Saturday with a 36-run lead, bowling Gosnells out for 137 to set a target of 104 for victory.
Claremont-Nedlands had some shaky moments to be 5-47 but Nick Hobson (47no) and Travis Birt (28no) steered them to the outright win.
The Tigers lost in the Premier Cricket T20 semi-finals to Fremantle, having beaten Bayswater-Morley earlier on the Sunday.