WACA Premier Cricket: Joondalup suffers major setback

JOONDALUP will look to recover after a tumble from top spot to sixth when it faces Bayswater-Morley in its first WACA Premier Cricket two-day match of the season on Saturday.

The Centurions fell five places off the back of winless outings in last weekend’s one-day double-header.

The previously-undefeated side lost to Rockingham-Mandurah by five wickets in a tight match that came down to the final two overs on Saturday at Iluka Sports Complex.

The hosts finished with 6-241, which the Mariners eclipsed in the 48th over.

Big Bash cult hero Craig Simmons, known more for his excitement with the bat, emerged as the visitors’ star bowler, taking 4-55.

Joondalup captain Michael Swart produced his best knock of the season with an unbeaten 69.

The Centurions’ prized bowling line-up could not get the scalps needed, James Boyland the side’s only multiple wicket-taker with 2-43. Tyler Robertson top scored for the Mariners on 58.

On Sunday, Joondalup floundered to a five-wicket loss to Willetton after a middle-order collapse had the reigning champions make just 119.

The Centurions appeared steady at 4-106, with Jaron Morgan hitting 43, but lost their final six wickets for just 13 runs.

WA pace bowler Simon Mackin highlighted his state credentials with 5-28 off 8.3 overs for Willetton.

The hosts needed little more than 22 overs to complete the chase, led by Liam Livingstone’s 58.

Boyland (2-21) was again his side’s only multiple wicket-taker.