JOONDALUP’S finals chances are all but dashed heading into the final two rounds of the WA Premier Cricket season.
The Centurions need an outright win against league leader Claremont Nedlands in the upcoming round and victory against Melville in their final contest.
They also need four teams above them to collapse in the next two matches if they’re to produce a miracle berth.
Joondalup was looking to keep a glimmer of finals hope alive on day 2 of their match against Fremantle at Stevens Reserve last Saturday but the Port Boys easily triumphed.
WA rookie Jake Carder led the hosts with an impressive 169, beating Joondalup’s 155 off his own bat.
Beginning the day at 3-109, Fremantle needed just 47 runs to win, which they achieved with six wickets remaining.
The victors went on to amass 308, with Liam Dallimore the next best on 31.
Harry Larmett (3-65) and Clint Hinchliffe (3-57) were Joondalup’s best bowlers.