29 Jan FDCC has claimed the 2016-2017 Premier T20 Premiership
The match report published on the WACA website last weekend for anyone who may have missed the nail biting win on the second last ball…………
“Fremantle has claimed the inaugural Alcohol.Think Again Premier T20 Premiership, after a thrilling four-wicket win over Gosnells at Fletcher Park on Sunday.
Winning the toss and bowling, the Port Boys struggled for breakthroughs, with Gosnells captain Luis Reece setting the tone early.
Englishman Reece held the innings together with an impressive 66 from 46 balls, including eight boundaries, as he and Matt Leipold took the side to 1-62.
The introduction of Tom Abell changed the course of the game, with the quick taking two wickets in two overs, to reduce the Gosnells side to 5-124.
Some late hitting From Alistair Bivens (26 from 18) and David Thomason (24 from 14) propelled the underdogs to a terrific 7-169 from their 20 overs.
Abell finished with figures of 2-22 from his four overs, with Joel Crosswell conceded 19 runs from his three, including two wickets.
In reply, Jake Carder built the foundation of the innings hammering the ball to all coners of Fletcher Park, with the left-handed opener powering 18 off the fifth over, including two straight sixes.
Carder moved to 49 from 26 balls, before spinner Bryan Lutter bowled the playmaker, to leave the game firmly in the control of Gosnells.
Abell took control from there, anchoring the innings in a mature manner, with Chris Davenport (11) building a partnership with the Somerset batsman.
With eight overs to go, the Port Boys required 80 runs to win and looked unlikely victors, before Abell upped his aggression, taking risks to move the game forward.
In the 15th over Abell swept Lutter out to deep midwicket in the air, with Gosnells opener Jonothan Crowe spilling a catch on the boundary, with the game turning dramatically.
Needing 30 from 18 balls, Abell and Matt Micale combined to steadily accumulate the runs with a mix of boundaries and hard running, with the game coming down to the final over. Fremantle needing eight to win.
Gosnells quick Chris Prescott couldn’t restrict the batsman, as Micale punched a ball through cover for three to win the game off the second last ball, queuing wild scenes for the Fremantle faithful.
Abell finished unbeaten on 59 from 32 balls in a man-of-the-match performance, steering his side home to a historic victory, with Fremantle securing their second T20 flag, after their 2006/07 Statewide triumph.”