Scarborough 150 (Moylan 48, Maiolo 40, Rice 2-12) defeated by Midland-Guildford 6-191(cc) (Thomas 100, Critchell 28, Barnard 1-19)Midland-Guildford has catapulted itself into the Preliminary Final stage of the T20 season with a dominant 41-run win over Scarborough on Sunday at Abbett Park.
Black Swans’ batsman Austin Thomas set the match alight with a century from just 54 balls in one of the performances of the season.
Scoring over half of his side’s total on his own, Thomas blasted nine fours and five sixes in his epic knock, with Keaton Critchell (28) and Michael Ferreira (25) chipping in at either end of the innings.
Scarborough had no answers to the brutal onslaught from Midland-Guildford, with time the only enemy for the Black Swans, as they ended with an eye-watering 6-191.
With a huge total to chase down, the Gulls made a brilliant start to the run chase through openers Nicholas Maiolo and Jeremy Boyle.
The pair burst out of the blocks with a quick-fire 51-run partnership before the Black Swans struck back with the ball.
The Gulls shockingly lost five wickets in the space of 10 runs in a batting collapse that brought the home side to its knees.
However, at 5-61, Samuel Moylan (48 from 32) and Lochie Hardy (30 from 27) combined for a hard-fought 64-run partnership to give the home side a small sniff of victory.
That sniff of victory was snuffed out with the loss of Moylan at 6-125, with the final four wickets falling for just 22 runs, as the Gulls were bowled out for 150, falling 41 runs short of Midland-Guildford’s total.
Melville 3-131(cc) (Towers 45, Reed 42, Mulder 2-23) defeated South Perth 7-128(cc) (Banton 46, Bevilaqua 33no, Reed 3-19)
Melville has dismantled South Perth’s batting line up in a comprehensive bowling performance to secure a seven-wicket win on Sunday at Tompkins Park.
Melville bowler Blake Reed led the charge for the Storm, taking 3-19 from just three overs in a superb spell of bowling.
Tom Banton (46 from 34) and Alex Bevilaqua (33 not out from 23) managed to navigate through the chaos long enough to post noteworthy scores.
However, with only three batsmen posting over double figures, the visitors struggled to make an impact with the bat, ending the innings on 7-128.
With a small target to chase down, Melville burst out of the blocks with a 57-run partnership to openers Luke Towers and Blake Reed.
The Storm barely broke a sweat in the run chase, as Towers (45 from 25) and Reed (42 from 47) guided Melville to a terrific seven-wicket victory.
James Mulder did all he could with the ball for South Perth, taking 2-23 from his four overs, however, it was not enough to snatch victory, as Melville advanced to the Preliminary Final.
Fremantle 7-143(cc) (Kennedy 36, Carder 25, Hope 3-30) defeated by Claremont-Nedlands 6-144(cc) (Paris 38no, Turkich 28no, Abell 2-21)
Claremont Nedlands has snuck home in an epic encounter against Fremantle, securing a four-wicket win with two balls remaining on Sunday at Tompkins Park.
After being sent in to bat, Fremantle struggled its way to 4-62, thanks to some handy bowling from Tigers’ star Bradley Hope.
However, a 35-run fifth-wicket partnership from Daniel Kennedy and Matthew Micale boosted the total to 97, before Micale was dismissed by Thomas May.
Kennedy fell soon after at 6-109, leaving Fremantle well short of a defendable total, although some late innings hitting from Jarryd McPhee gave their bowlers something to defend, ending the innings with 7-143.
Hope was the pick of the bowlers for the Tigers, taking 3-30 from his four overs.
With a smallish target set, the Tigers found themselves in trouble early, falling to 2-18 after Fremantle’s Thomas Abell started with a bang.
However, Hope once again came to the rescue for the visitors, combining perfectly with Joel Paris to produce a 43-run partnership.
Although the Tigers looked to be cruising, the loss of Hope sparked a middle order collapse, with Claremont-Nedlands losing four wickets in the space of 33 runs.
With the game on the line at 6-94, Paris joined forces with Daniel Turkich to produce a match-winning 50-run seventh-wicket stand, hitting the winning runs with two balls to spare and catapulting the Tigers into the Preliminary Final.
Subiaco-Floreat 7-145(cc) (Lilly 59, Monteleone 56, Petta 3-13) defeated Mount Lawley 120 (Petta 44, Sharman 35)
Subiaco-Floreat has advanced into the Preliminary Final following a comprehensive 25-run victory over Mount Lawley on Sunday at Abbett Park.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Lions found themselves in trouble early at 3-22, with Ethan Petta dishing out some early damage with the ball.
However, Tim Monteleone and Aaron Lilly staged an incredible fightback, producing a fantastic 81-run partnership to give the Lions a defendable total.
Monteleone was eventually dismissed after a terrific half-century at more than a run a ball, before Lilly teamed up with Joshua Parker to boost the score to 138.
Lilly finished off the innings for the Lions, scoring 59 from 48 to give the home side a defendable 7-145.
Petta finished with superb figures of 3-13, whole Phillip Walshaw chipped in with 2-28.
With a tricky target to chase down, the Hawks got their innings off to a rocky start, losing openers Callum Taylor and James Newnham cheaply to be struggling at 2-22.
However, a promising 47-run third-wicket partnership to Dylan Sharman and Petta looked to put the Hawks back on track, before disaster struck.
At 2-69, the loss of Sharman triggered a batting collapse, with eight wickets falling in the space of 51 runs.
Chris Hansberry (3), Lucas Martin (2) and Monteleone (2) combined terrifically for the Lions, taking seven wickets as they bowled out the Hawks for 120 after just 18 overs.