Claremont Nedlands 4-212 (Whiteaker 65, Hobson 42no, Bosisto 2-23) defeated University 9-210(dec) (Agar 64, Stuart 39, Paris 3-51), WACA Ground
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Tiger’s paceman Joel Paris sent down a tidy first over, before Sean Stuart got the scoring underway in the second over with a beautifully-timed cut shot past backward point for four.
A vicious short-ball from Paris cannoned into Jay O’Brien’s helmet in the fourth over, leaving him momentarily dazed, however, seemingly unfazed, as he and Stuart moved to 65 before Thomas May got the breakthrough, ending O’Brien’s day on 25.
Will Bosisto found new and exciting ways to keep the runs flowing for University, after appearing to leave the ball but catching it with a top edge, sailing over the keeper for four runs.
Stuart continued to battle hard after getting a reprieve on 34, dropped at first slip, before James Allenby struck during his second spell, dismissing Stuart for 39.
At 2-88, the Tigers started to clamp down on University’s batsmen, with Allenby trapping Bosisto in front during a tidy second spell of bowling to claim the prized wicket at 3-99.
Bradley Hope was the next to strike, as Viv Paver skied a mistimed pull shot to Nick Hobson at mid-wicket, leaving University on 4-109.
Ashton Agar then came to the crease, swinging freely in an attempt to keep the pressure on Claremont Nedlands and delivering the shot of the day with a superbly timed pull shot for six, which he then followed up with a blistering shot through mid-wicket for four the next ball.
Agar continued his destruction of the Tigers bowlers, bringing up his half-century by crunching a four over mid-on.
However, Agar’s 66-run partnership with Matthew Birrell came to an end after Birrell was dismissed by a ripping May delivery, leaving University on 5-175.
It halted University's momentum, as the umpires decided to stop play due to bad lighting, ending day one with University on 5-187.
Joshua Mason began day two with a bang, hitting a four in the first over before Paris replied with a searing delivery which clipped Mason’s gloves on the way through to the keeper, ensuring the perfect start for the Tigers.
Paris struck again soon after, taking out the dangerous Agar to have University on the ropes at 7-202.
Agar ended his knock with a superb 64 from 109 balls, including seven fours and one six.
Allenby and Paris quickly wrapped up the tail, ending the day with three wickets each as University declared at 9-210.
With Josh Dallimore thundering in to bowl for University to start day two, Jacob Whiteaker showed no fear, pulling his second shot for four, setting the tone as he and Cameron Steel continued the aggressive start for the Tigers.
The openers compiled a 53-run partnership before Dallimore took out Steel at 1-53.
With Whiteaker at the crease in fine touch, Bradley Hope joined him in the middle to put on a fighting 43-run second wicket stand.
Hope had to dig deep for his 12 runs, which came from 80 deliveries, before Will Bosisto had him out with a brilliant catch off his own bowling at 2-96.
Although Whiteaker seemed to be anchoring the innings nicely, blasting boundaries with ease, a mistimed pull shot off a Bosisto delivery brought him undone, with Joshua Mason taking the catch at deep square leg to have the Tigers looking shaky at 3-109.
However, The Tigers hit back through Hobson and captain Chris Brabazon, who added a further 56 runs during their fourth-wicket stand.
With the Tigers slowly creeping towards victory, Bailey Richards got a breakthrough, bowling Brabazon for 25 at 4-165.
However, with Tim David and Hobson at the crease, the task proved too difficult for University’s bowlers, as the Tiger pair reeled in the total, clutching the win with David smashing a four straight down the ground.
Whiteaker's tremendously hard-fought innings of 65 from 130 was enough to claim Player of the Match honours, as he took the game away from University throughout the middle overs with his patient - and often brutal - batting.
The win outlined Claremont Nedlands dominance in season 2017-18, winning two of the three Grand Finals after claiming the One Day Grand Final just weeks ago.