Claremont Nedlands 144 (Morton 48, Paris 37no, Stuart 3-33) defeated by University 5-240 (Paver 119, Bosisto 61, Paris 2-40), Cresswell Park

University has stunned Claremont Nedlands in the first Elimination Final, defeating the ladder leaders in the first innings after chasing down the small total of 144 on the first day. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Claremont Nedlands found itself under immediate pressure from University’s bowlers. Mitchell Drennan and Josh Dallimore struck hard and fast, ripping through the top order to leave the Tigers stunned on 4-20. A brief partnership from captain Chris Brabazon and Cameron Steel looked to steady the ship, however, Bailey Richards nabbed two quick wickets as the Tigers struggled to 6-45. Steel continued to fight throughout the innings, scoring a 40-run partnership with Haydan Morton, before he was stumped by Robert Honeybul off a brilliant delivery from Richards. At 7-85, Morton found another partner in Joel Paris, adding a further 31 runs to the total before he was bowled by Sean Stuart. Stuart then promptly wrapped up the tail, knocking over Christopher Simpson and Thomas May, claiming 3-33, as the Tigers were bowled out for an uncharacteristically small 144. Needing a good start with the ball to defend their small total, Tigers quicks Joel Paris and Tim David knocked over both openers to have University stranded on 2-11. However, Will Bosisto and Viv Paver produced an unbelievable third-wicket partnership, smashing 166 runs to help University cruise past the Tigers total to ensure the first innings win by the end of the day. The dynamic duo added a further nine runs to start day two, before Bosisto was trapped in front by Paris. At 3-186 and the result beyond doubt, Paver continued to dispatch the ball around the ground, bringing up a match-winning century in tremendous style. Paver’s innings eventually came to an end on 119, with 15 fours and three sixes coming from his incredible knock as University finished the day on 5-240 and advanced to the Preliminary Finals. 

Willetton 239(cc) (Johnston 69, Bond 32, Duffield 2-24) defeated by Melville 303(cc) (Hay 58, Voges 52), Burrendah Reserve

Melville have caused a huge upset by knocking second-placed Willetton out of the finals after producing a brilliant batting display. After being sent in to bat by Willetton, Melville hit the crease in good touch, soaring to 2-61 after a 47-run partnership between Luke Towers and Frazer Hay. Hay and Tom Scollay continued the fast start, adding another 48 runs to the total, before Hay was dismissed for 58 at 3-109. The Storm’s batsmen continued to frustrate Willetton’s bowlers, as Scollay and Adam Voges drove the total to 179 after a superb 70-run partnership. However, Ross Knoll and Brennan Wilson found an opening, claiming Scollay and Voges in quick succession as the Storm sat comfortably on 5-192. Melville could do no wrong with the bat, with each batsman in the middle order making a score. This time, it was Matthew Wiley and Drew Porter. The pair added 50 runs during their sixth-wicket stand, boosting the total to 242 as Wiley was dismissed for 38. Ryan Duffield came and went soon after, as Porter took it upon himself to anchor the back end of the innings. Porter and Mark turner drove the total to 294, before Willetton quickly knocked over the tail, bowling the Storm out for an impressive 303. Willetton then hit the crease on day two with a mountain to climb. Although the Dragons bat deep, their depth was tested almost immediately, as Melville’s bowlers found their way on top early, containing the home side to 3-52. However, Willetton hit back hard through Aaron Hardie and captain Matthew Johnston. The pair added 55 runs to the total before Melville’s Brad Turner swung the momentum of the match back in the Storm’s favour, taking the wickets of Hardie and James Godfrey in two deliveries. At 5-107, the Dragons managed to regroup through Johnston and Kallen Bond, with the pair producing a 51-run sixth-wicket partnership. With the match on the line at 6-158, Johnston found a way to inch his side closer to victory, adding a further 49 runs to the score with Brennan Wilson in a gutsy seventh-wicket partnership. Unfortunately for the Dragons, their captain was dismissed at 7-207 after a hard-fought 69 from 152 deliveries. Ryan Duffield and Drew Porter combined to finish off the Dragons, taking the last three wickets of the match to bowl Willetton out for 239, as Melville advanced to the Preliminary Finals. 

South Perth 268 (Brown 60, Chellew 59no, Gardnier 4-78) defeated Perth 65, 153 (Nicholas 26, Calmy 25no, Ringrose 2-14), Richardson Park

South Perth have comprehensively defeated Perth in the first innings, after producing an awesome display of team bowling. After winning the toss and electing to bat, South Perth shot out of the blocks with an amazing 102-run opening partnership to Trent Ovens and Hugh Brown with Perth’s Alex Calmy halting the momentum, bowling Ovens. The impressive opening partnership seemed to wake up Perth’s bowlers, as Kyle Gardiner and Jacob Van Galen combined to take the next seven wickets for 46 runs in an unbelievably astonishing batting collapse. With South Perth’s innings seemingly in tatters, Chris Chellew and Jacob Mulder set about steadying the ship. Remarkably, the dynamic duo scored an impeccable 112 runs during their ninth-wicket partnership. However, Perth’s Josh Nicholas managed to break the momentum, taking the final two wickets to bowl South Perth out for 268. With a difficult total to chase down, Perth started well enough through Jacob Snadden and Tom Casey, pushing the score to 36 before Snadden was dismissed at the end of day one. However, Perth began day two a completely different side. While returning to the crease at 1-36, Perth suffered an almighty batting collapse, scoring just 29 runs for the rest of the innings. Darius D’Silva and Chris Chellew ran riot for South Perth taking seven of the remaining nine wickets between them. It was a devastating display of bowling which saw only two Perth batsmen reach double figures, while four batsmen failed to trouble the scorers. Bowled out for 65 after just 37 overs, South Perth decided to enforce the follow, making Perth return to the crease. Perth fared little better in its second innings, struggling to 4-28 before Dain Moreton and Jordan Mast produced a noteworthy partnership of 42 runs. The momentum was halted, however, as Chris Chellew, Michael Bailey, and Darius D’Silva ripped through the middle order, taking five wickets in the space of 37 runs, leaving Perth deflated at 9-107.  Alex Calmy and Kyle Gardiner held out for as long as they could, scoring 46 runs before D’Silva claimed Gardiner to claim the win and advance South Perth to the Preliminary Finals.