Derby a first-grade clash

Joondalup’s James Boyland sends down a delivery. Pictures: Dan White
Joondalup’s James Boyland sends down a delivery. Pictures: Dan White

The top-placed Centurions are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time this season, while the undermanned Roos were defeated by ninth-placed South Perth last weekend.

Joondalup will be expected to win given its standing as the league’s best side, but seventh-placed Wanneroo is playing at home and often produces some special cricket in the heat of a derby battle.

The Roos need a win to keep in touch with the top six, while Joondalup has Melville, Willetton and Subiaco Floreat all nipping at the No. 1 spot.

The competition returns to the two-day format this weekend after a run of three consecutive one-day matches.

Joondalup fell 20 runs short of fifth-placed Claremont-Nedlands’ 159 last Saturday, bowled out for 139 in the 46th over at Iluka Sports Complex.

Batsmen from both sides struggled to make notable scores with Joondalup’s Clint Tomlinson (73) and the Tigers’ Chris Brabazon (50) the only solid contributors.

Tomlinson was one of just three Centurions to reach double figures and the only one to make more than 20.

He was still at the crease with Joondalup nine wickets down and needing 34 runs to win. But he was trapped lbw by James Allenby as the Tigers claimed victory.

Joondalup paceman Josh Anderson led the bowling with 4-38.