And it was the side’s experience in tight situations that kept its finals hopes alive against Bayswater-Morley last Saturday. But the job is only half done as the sixth-placed Centurions face another must-win this weekend against seventh-placed Fremantle in the final round of 2013-14 fixtures.
The winner progresses and the season is over for whoever loses the Iluka Sports Complex one-dayer.
An unlikely tie would have Joondalup go through.
The Centurions were in a precarious position on 221 heading into day two against Bayswater-Morley at Hillcrest Lower Oval. With the home side resuming at 3-103, the Bears needed just 119 from seven batsmen to win.
But Bayswater-Morley wickets began tumbling under the pressure of a four-pronged Joondalup bowling attack which took 7-46 to leave the home team on a losing 149.
Seamer James Sprague, who had not played in first grade since November, led the bowling with 4-56.
Leg-spinner Ty Hopes and paceman Josh Anderson took three wickets each.
The Centurions batted again with opener Garrick Morgan (56) making an unbeaten half-century before captain Michael Swart declared at 2-111 to end the match.