Centurions march on unabated

Joondalup paceman James Boyland.
Joondalup paceman James Boyland.

The Centurions would consider themselves a strong chance to strengthen their hold on top spot when they take on 12th-placed Gosnells this weekend.

Last Saturday, a winless Perth was always going to struggle chasing Joondalup’s formidable day-one score of 385.

But the side would not have expected to lose 20 wickets in less than 61 overs.

The Centurions thrashed Perth by an innings and nearly 200 runs, the home side limping to a combined total of 190 runs on day two.

Seasoned Joondalup paceman James Boyland ripped through the Demons in the first innings to take 5-40 from an imposing nine overs.

Only middle-order batsman Sean Roberts (32) produced a 20-plus score as Joondalup skittled Perth for 103 off just 24.4 overs.

The Demons continued to worsen into their second dig, falling to 3-8 inside the first half-hour. Perth’s top four made a paltry 15 runs between them as the side crumbled for 87 from 35.5 overs.

Pace bowler Josh Anderson led bowling with 4-27 to make it 7-48 for the match.

Boyland continued to be a threat, taking 3-23 in an eight-wicket performance.