By skin of their teeth

Joondalup players celebrate a catch from captain Michael Swart. Picture: Dan White
Joondalup players celebrate a catch from captain Michael Swart. Picture: Dan White

And the side’s nous for escapology will need to continue if it is to defeat the red-hot top seed Claremont-Nedlands away this Saturday and Sunday.

The Tigers are on an eight-match winning streak, having not lost since November.

Sixth-placed Joondalup faced a must-win against seventh-placed Fremantle at Iluka Sporting Complex last Saturday, with the winner of the one-dayer set to advance to the final six. Fremantle had the Centurions on their last breath; chained in a box of water at nine wickets down and still needing 23 runs for the victory.

But, somehow, Joondalup shook the shackles and emerged unscathed.

The last two batsmen, James Boyland (21) and Denver D’Cruz (6), stood strong to over-run the away side’s 144.

It had been a tough pitch to score on, with Joondalup’s top four combining for just 19 runs.

Middle-order youngster Clint Hinchcliffe top scored with an important 36.

Centurions leg-spinner Ty Hopes produced one his best performances of the season with 4-27.

Perth Scorchers all-rounder Tim Armstrong rattled Joondalup to take 4-22.

He also top scored with 38 for Fremantle.