Joondalup Centurions cricket team remain at top of table in WACA First Grade

Centurions seamer Mudassar Bukhari.
Centurions seamer Mudassar Bukhari.

JOONDALUP remains atop the WACA first grade table heading into the fourth round of the season against Scarborough.

The undefeated Centurions are yet to suffer a significant scare.

Last Saturday’s one-day match against Gosnells, where the Hawks snared seven Joondalup wickets in defence of their 108 at Iluka, was the closest it had come to defeat.

Even then, the home side needed only 25 overs to eclipse the total.

Despite inclement weather across Perth, Joondalup achieved victory without reference to the Duckworth-Lewis method, which decided five matches of the round.

The Gosnells batsmen conserved their wicket but scored little, with number five David Roberts’ 25 being the only 20-plus total.

Just four Hawks made double figures in 47 overs.

Joondalup shared the wickets between its spinners and pacemen. Dutch seamer Mudassar Bukhari (2-13) led figures for the first time this season.

Fellow quicks James Boyland (2-22) and Josh Anderson (2-20) also took two, while spinners Ty Hopes (2-15), Clint Hinchliffe (1-15) and Michael Swart (1-12) each made contributions.

In contrast to Gosnells, the Centurions lost wickets rapidly but scored quickly.

The match was safe by the time their seventh wicket fell at 106, despite only Garrick Morgan (31) and Michael Swart (20) making double figures. Matthew Hanna (3-36) and Luis Reece (3-28) did the damage for the visitors.

Joondalup returns to Abbett Park on Saturday, where it beat the Gulls in a tight T20 match two Sundays ago.