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  • Writer's pictureJosh Kempton

WA Premier Cricket Round 14, Day 2

The regular season of WACA Premier Cricket is done and dusted, with an exciting finals race coming down to the last round of one day games.


Willetton sealed their position at the top of the table with a dramatic one wicket win over Midland-Guildford at Burrendah Park.


Matt Hanna (3/12 from 6.3 overs) fired as the Black Ducks were bowled out for 127 in 33.3 overs before the Dragons slumped to 9 for 83 in response, with an unbroken 47 run last wicket stand between Ben Gibbon (35* from 42 balls) and Guru Dhillon (9* from 42 balls) getting them over the line.


Claremont-Nedlands atoned for two consecutive losses with a five wicket win over Rockingham-Mandurah at Retravision Stadium.


Rory King (3/27 from 7.4 overs) continued an impressive season as the Mariners were bowled out for 143 in 43.4 overs, with Jacob Whiteaker (23* from 62 balls) seeing the Tigers home after 33.1 overs in his 200th first grade appearance.


A star-studded Fremantle lineup got the job done over Wanneroo with eight wickets to spare at Kingsway Sports Ground.


After the Roos batted first, Jhye Richardson (3/5 from 3 overs) ran through the their top order as they slumped to 6 for 48, with a recovery to 152 in 45.4 overs led by Brodie McGhie (54 from 100 balls), before Shaun Marsh (60* from 74 balls) batted the Port Boys to the win.


Bayswater-Morley sealed their spot in the finals with a seven wicket win over Subiaco-Floreat at Floreat Park.


Jayden Goodwin (61 from 89 balls) led a well-rounded Lions batting effort as they finished at 9 for 230 from their 50 overs, before Lane Berry (70* from 69 balls) and Ryleigh Cameron (65 from 85 balls) hauled the Bears over the line with 14 balls to spare.

Perth wrapped up their finals place with a five wicket win over South Perth at Richardson Park.


The hosts batted first and posted 158 from 47.4 overs, with Daniel Moore (93 from 143 balls) a one-man show with the bat as Jono Wells (4/30 from 6.4 overs) showed his skills with the ball, before Sam Fanning (46 from 65 balls) top-scored as the Demons got the chase done with 13 overs to spare.


Scarborough missed out on a postseason place, but ended their season on a winning note with a 78 run victory over Joondalup at Iluka Sports Complex.


Josh Phillipe (95 from 55 balls) came out with serious intent to set the Gulls on the path to a huge score before Jake Zsilinszky (4/42 from 10 overs) helped pull them back to 273 from 49.3 overs, which still proved enough as the Centurions were bowled out for 195 from 39.1 overs, with Cooper Connolly (4/35 from 10 overs) the best of the bowlers.


University won over Mount Lawley by five wickets at Breckler Park.


The Hawks’ tough season with the bat continued as they could only manage 96 from 36.1 overs, with Jay Chislett (4/17 from 7.1 overs) the main destroyer, before an early wobble to 3 for 11 triggered by Chris Precott (3/17 from 7 overs) was set right by Benji Melville (43* from 75 balls).


Gosnells ended their season on a winning note, beating Melville by three wickets at Tompkins Park.


In next week’s elimination finals, Willetton take on Perth at Burrendah Park, Claremont-Nedlands host Bayswater-Morley at Cresswell Park, and Fremantle are up against Midland-Guildford at Stevens Reserve.


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