WA Premier Cricket: Joondalup in Fremantle finals challenge after defeating Perth

Joondalup captain Michael Swart at the crease against Perth.
Joondalup captain Michael Swart at the crease against Perth.

JOONDALUP will face Fremantle for a shot at a WA Premier Cricket grand final berth after defeating Perth in the elimination finals.

The Centurions have not beaten the Port Boys this season, but take the stronger form into the match at Stevens Reserve West.

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Fremantle has lost its past two matches, including last weekend’s finals encounter with fifth-placed Subiaco Floreat, while Joondalup has won its last two.

The Centurions rolled Perth for a meagre 99, surmounting the total with six wickets remaining before finishing the innings on 204 at Fletcher Park East.

The visitors’ Simon Branston starred with the ball, taking 5-21, as opener Tom Casey was the Demons’ shining light with an unbeaten 42.

Joondalup’s Michael Johnson took team-high scoring honours with 55.

Perth saw out the remaining 41 overs of day two to return 6-177, led by Tom Casey’s 59.

Branston took another three wickets to finish with eight for the match.