Fairfield Liverpool defeat Easts to book finals spot

Pace: Left arm quick Chad Sammut took 4-29 against Eastern Suburbs at Rosedale Oval on Saturday. He now has 16-wickets for the season. Picture: Simon Bennett
Pace: Left arm quick Chad Sammut took 4-29 against Eastern Suburbs at Rosedale Oval on Saturday. He now has 16-wickets for the season. Picture: Simon Bennett

For the first time in what seems forever (well, since the 2006/07 season), Fairfield Liverpool have officially qualified for the NSW Premier Cricket first grade finals. The Lions 90-run win against Eastern Suburbs on Saturday at Rosedale Oval kept them in fourth spot with one round remaining.

This Saturday's one-day game against Western Suburbs will decide where they finish with two-points separating teams three, four and five.

A Lions win in round 15 and a loss by third-placed Manly to league-leaders Sydney University will see the Lions finish third and book a home final for week one of the finals. A loss and a Northern District win will see them drop to fifth.

The Lions punched their ticket to the playoffs with their third straight win on Saturday.

Resuming at 5-189, the Lions were bowled out for 224 with Raveesh Srivastava top scoring with 61.

In reply, the hosts lost regular wickets and were never in the hunt and eventually bowled out for 134.

Left arm quick Chad Sammut (4-29) took his best figures of the season to lead the way for the home team taking the opening two wickets and four out of the top-six.

Spinners Jarrad Burke (3-19) and Arjun Nair (2-47) sent down 30 of the 51 overs to help the Lions to their ninth win of the year. Last year they won only two games and finished last.