WILL Rockingham-Mandurah be the first side this season to defeat Joondalup in WACA first grade cricket?
Given the top-placed Centurions’ current form, it is looking a tough ask for the sixth-placed Mariners at Lark Hill over the next two weekends.
Joondalup easily did away with University on day two of their clash at Iluka last Saturday, led by a second consecutive century from wicket keeper Josh Inglis (101).
The Centurions had lost just four wickets by the time they passed the visitors’ 189, going on to produce 350 from 94.1 overs.
Promising Joondalup teenager Clint Hinchliffe amassed his best knock of the year with an unbeaten 79, while the solid form of captain Michael Swart continued in an 82-run stand.
University’s Cameron Huckett toiled hard to take four wickets from 29.1 overs.
WA spinner Ashton Agar had little impact, taking no wickets for 50 runs off 12 overs. University returned to the crease to finish the day at 1-54 from nine overs.
The success continued for Joondalup in State T20 cricket on Sunday in a five-wicket win over archrival Wanneroo.
Four wickets down, the Centurions passed the Roos’ 9-119 in the 15th over. Wanneroo’s Kyle Millar struck 37, while Josh Anderson (39) and Mudassar Bukhari (3-17) were Joondalup’s top performers.