First grade top six separated only by quotient

Joondalup paceman Josh Anderson fires down against Mt Lawley. Picture: Dan White
Joondalup paceman Josh Anderson fires down against Mt Lawley. Picture: Dan White

In fact, quotient ” calculated through dividing a team’s batting average by its bowling average ” is all that separates the top six, with each side on 30 points from three first innings wins and a draw.

So, despite Centurions taking first innings points from Mt Lawley in round five, Hawks have jumped from third to second after a quotient-boosting 8-287 (dec) with the bat and 6-99 with the ball on day two.

Joondalup captain James Boyland declared on 8-215 to begin last Saturday at Iluka Sports Complex, with Mt Lawley needing 135 to avoid an outright loss. And dangerous Hawks first drop Tom Beaton ensured his side’s dismal first innings performance, where it scored 80, would not be repeated.

Arriving at the crease with Mt Lawley at 1-2, Beaton took to the Joondalup bowlers with aggression, belting 19 fours on his way to 141 from 136 balls.

Paceman Denver D’Cruz led the bowling for Joondalup, taking 3-77 to make it nine wickets for the match.

Beaton’s quickfire knock allowed the Hawks to declare with time remaining for an unlikely outright win off the second innings.

The away side gave Centurions a minor scare as they fell to 4-17, but the middle order held out, leaving Joondalup on 6-99 at close of play.