WACA Premier Cricket: Joondalup in control

Aneesh Kapil made 59.
Aneesh Kapil made 59.

JOONDALUP returned to the form that had it win the 2014-15 title with a strong first day display against Mount Lawley in WACA Premier Cricket on Saturday.

After two defeats and a poor first innings last round, Joondalup piled 310 on the board against the Hawks at Iluka Sporting Complex.

Surrey recruit Aneesh Kapil scored 59 for Joondalup in his second match for the side after debuting in the last round.

Michael Johnson (48) and Jaron Morgan (48) added handy totals.

The reigning premiers came into the game in seventh spot, but appear to be on their way to more points with 14th-placed Mount Lawley 1-10 in reply at stumps.

Joondalup coach Ric Olsen was wary the score was gettable for Mt Lawley, particularly given the Iluka wicket was becoming conducive to big totals.

He said the club was looking to make the pitch better suited to batsmen with talented young players such as Clint Hinchliffe and siblings Garrick and Jaron Morgan hitting their straps.

“We’re going into a batting era at the club… we’ve got to give them a chance,” he said.

He admitted it had been a slow start to the season for the reigning premiers with niggling injuries hampering the side.