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WA Premier Cricket: Paceman Michael Hart takes 7-47 as Subiaco-Floreat win miracle decider over South Perth

Michael Hart was the hero as Subiaco-Floreat clinched a remarkable one-run WA Premier Cricket final win over South Perth at the WACA Ground on Sunday.

The Lions paceman finished with career-best figures of 7-47 in a man-of-the-match performance to help his side defend a sub-par total of 118 in thrilling circumstances early on day two.

Hart nailed the killer blow of Liam Dallimore (14), caught at second slip by Tim Monteleone, to end a gallant 27-run 10th-wicket stand with Simon Ringrose (12 not out).

It capped off a brilliant season for the WA grade powerhouses, coached by the State’s last Sheffield Shield-winning mentor Wayne Clark.

Subiaco-Floreat featured in the decider in all three formats, winning the 50-over and two-day titles to go with the club championship.

It was their first two-day flag since 2016-17.

They won on first-innings before lunch, but still had to bat for several hours on the Sunday afternoon to end any hope of an outright defeat, finishing on 4-150 after 55 overs when the game was called at about 4.17pm.

Captain Geremy Fatouros was unbeaten on 50, backing his up first-innings 46, with Monteleone (51) also posting a half-century.

Fatouros’ 70-run fourth-wicket partnership on day one alongside all-rounder Hamish McKenzie (38) proved to be pivotal against an Eric Botha-inspired South Perth.

Botha took a remarkable 6-13 off 6.3 overs to go with 2-45 off 15 in the second innings.

It was the same result in the Women’s A Grade grand final with Subiaco defeating South Perth, this time by five wickets.

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