WACA Premier Cricket: Joondalup out of finals contention but can still impact top six

WACA Premier Cricket: Joondalup out of finals contention but can still impact top six

JOONDALUP is out of finals contention but can still have a say in the make-up of the top six heading into the final round of WA Premier Cricket against Melville.

A heated hit-out is expected at Iluka on Saturday with the Storm at risk of losing their fourth placing should they lose.

Joondalup will look to continue its strong form after a 66-run victory against league leaders Claremont Nedlands at Cresswell Park last weekend.

The side completed the two-day upset with a formidable bowling performance, led by Harry Larmett (3-34) and Joe Inglis (3-62)

The Tigers began day 2 under huge pressure at 3-3 chasing 260 to win. Nicholas Hobson and Tim David took the total to 32 before a host of big-name Tigers failed to produce with the bat.

Hobson played a stand-alone role, slowly pushing the total to 8-97 with five middle order batsmen scoring 12 runs or under. Unfortunately for the Tigers, Joondalup’s Brayden Thompson took the prize wicket of Hobson after a tremendously hard-fought 87 from 153 balls, leaving the Tigers on 9-170.

The visitors bowled them out for 194, leaving their position on top of the ladder looking shaky.

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