Claremont Nedlands 218 (Hobson 118, Allenby 39, Kerr-Sheppard 6-36) defeated Melville 116 (Duffield 25, Porter 18, David 4-35), Cresswell Park
Claremont Nedlands have advanced to the Two Day Grand Final, comfortably defeating Melville in the first innings after Nicholas Hobson outscored the Storm on his own. After being sent in to bat, Melville found itself under serious pressure from the Tigers’ bowlers, crumbling to 5-34 as James Allenby and Tim David ripped through the Storm’s top order. Drew Porter and Matthew Wiley looked to get the innings back on track for Melville, adding 31 runs to the total before Bradley Hope asserted himself on the match, taking two quick wickets as Melville continued to stumble at 7-66. Brad Turner and Ryan Duffield managed to eke out 32 runs during their eighth-wicket partnership, pushing the total to 98 before Hope and Thomas May struck. David then took his fourth wicket of the day, taking out Mark Turner as the Storm were bowled out for a disappointingly low 116. With a small total to chase down, the Tigers struggled to make an impact on the scoreboard early, falling to 5-57 as Mark Turner and Thomas Kerr-Sheppard took the tore through the Tigers’ opening line up. However, with the game on the line, Nicholas Hobson and James Allenby put on a brilliant match-winning partnership of 87 runs, helping the Tigers cruise past Melville’s total to claim a first innings win. The Tigers pushed on into day two, gathering valuable batting practice for the Grand Final, as Kerr-Sheppard took three quick wickets to have the Tigers on 8-162. Hobson, however, continued to play a lone hand with the bat, scoring 49-runs in a ninth-wicket partnership with Christopher Simpson. Hobson was eventually dismissed at 9-211, after scoring a breath-taking 118 from 204 balls. Simpson fell just five runs later as Claremont Nedlands advanced to the Two Day Grand Final. Although his side was soundly beaten, Melville’s Thomas Kerr-Sheppard did not stop trying all match, taking 6-36 from his 20 overs.
South Perth 145 (Ovens 35, Bailey 24no, Dallimore 4-41) defeated by University 9-226(dec) (Mason 65, Birrell 55, Bailey 3-30), Richardson Park 1
University has advanced to the Two Day Grand Final, defeating third-placed South Perth in the first innings. After being sent in to bat, University struggled its way to 2-42, following a 39-run partnership to Sean Stuart and Daniel Moore, before collapsing to 5-78 as South Perth’s bowlers began to get on top. However, a sensational 100-run partnership to Matthew Birrell and Joshua Mason turned the tide of the match back in University’s favour. Michael Bailey finally made the breakthrough for South Perth, knocking over Birrell for 55, before trapping Robert Honeybul in front two balls later. At 7-178, Mason continued his handy back-innings hitting, finishing the day with a hard-fought 65 from 152, as University declared at 9-226. South Perth then entered the crease, completing five overs before the end of the day’s play, finishing with 1-12. South Perth lost Jacob Mulder early on day two at 2-25, before Trent Ovens and Frederik Klokker steadied the innings with a 42-run partnership before Josh Dallimore took out Ovens. The loss of Ovens at 3-67 then triggered a dramatic collapse for South Perth, losing the next five wickets in the space of 32 runs, as Dallimore and Sean Stuart ran riot through South Perth’s middle order. With the match on the line, Brandon Guest and Michael Bailey dug in to add 25 runs to the total, before Viv Paver ended Guest’s day at 9-124. Dallimore then promptly wrapped the match up, trapping Simon Ringrose in front to claim his fourth wicket of the day, as University advanced to the Two Day Grand Final.