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.