WA Premier Cricket: Joondalup has cause for optimism

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JOONDALUP intended this WA Premier Cricket season to be one that unveiled its next tier of players after an exodus of senior members.

And the Centurions’ ninth place finish after a grand final appearance in 2016-17 would indicate a rebuild was exactly where they were at.

But the club would be buoyed by a confident finish in which the side lost just one of its final four games.

A win against league leaders Claremont Nedlands was the highlight, while the loss came against a Fremantle side boosted by several WA players.

Joondalup’s final game last Saturday produced the only tied one-day match of the year against fourth-placed Melville at Iluka.

The sides were locked at 199, when Joondalup’s Simon Branston and Harry Larmett attempted a single for the win off the final ball but Branston was run out.

Joondalup welcomed back WA wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis to the line-up, but the talented cricketer managed just 14 before being trapped lbw by Brad Turner (3-24).

The Centurions’ Clint Hinchliffe struck a match-high 56, while Branston, Larmett and Joe Inglis took two wickets each.

Melville’s Fraser Hay scored 45.