WACA Premier Cricket: Joondalup’s clean sweep

Joondalup players celebrate their T20 championship.
Joondalup players celebrate their T20 championship.

JOONDALUP is holding all three major WACA cricket titles after defeating Claremont-Nedlands in the Statewide T20 grand final on Sunday.

The achievement adds to the two-day and one-day trophies already in the Centurions’ cabinet from last season, but they will lose one-day claims next month after not making the finals this campaign.

The side remains a strong chance to win back-to-back two-day WACA Premier Cricket championships.

At the WACA Ground, both sides were lacking some of their best talent, with Joondalup missing young stars Jaron Morgan, Clint Hinchliffe and Josh Inglis to the WA Futures side.

Claremont-Nedlands was without emerging Australian quick Joel Paris, who was on national duties.

Centurions opener Garrick Morgan (63) batted the entire innings to lead Joondalup to a defendable 7-162 as batsmen fell around him.

The Centurions looked shaky at 3-14 but steadied through the middle as Morgan and Chris Hutchinson (39) put together a 65-run sixth-wicket stand.

The Tigers’ Matthew Kelly led bowling with 3-16.

Claremont-Nedlands started strongly but could not score quickly enough, running out of overs on 7-130 – a 32-run grand final loss.

Opener Steve Eskinazi struck 51, with Joondalup import Anesh Kapel best bowler with 3-22.