CLAREMONT-NEDLANDS pulled off a Premier Cricket great escape on Saturday with a vital ninth-wicket partnership getting them over the line against Bayswater-Morley.
Chasing just 222 for victory at Hillcrest Oval, the Tigers top order failed with Jonty Wilde and Nathan Rimmington ripping through the visitors to be 4-84.
Tim David (38) and Travis Birt (38) combined to lead the side towards victory before more wickets left Claremont-Nedlands 7-175.
Matt Kelly (43 not out) and Jim Allenby (39 not out) narrowly guided the side home with an unbeaten 71-run stand to keep the Tigers well and truly top of the table.
University was gallant in defeat against Willetton at James Oval, with Ashton Agar and Matt Birrell unable to get the Students near the target of 330.
Agar smashed 73 to gather some momentum for this week’s Sheffield Shield match, while Birrell scored 71 in a return to form for the middle order batsman as the Students managed 243 all out.
Subiaco Floreat could not chase down reigning premiers Rockingham-Mandurah’s score of 9-345 at Lark Hil with the game ending a draw.
Subi looked in a strong position at 1-170 courtesy of Alex Malcolm (72) and AJ Murphy (76) before Kyle Gardiner took over.
Tom Moores looked to take the attack to the bowlers with 40 from 27, with Subi managing 7-286 from 74.5 overs.