Competing for northern suburbs bragging rights, things looked pretty good for Joondalup when they took four Wanneroo wickets for just 98 runs.
Wickets to James Boyland, Ty Hopes and Denver D’Cruz, and a run out to Australian under-19 representative Jaron Morgan had Wanneroo reeling.
But, cometh the moment cometh the man, and Wanneroo wicketkeeper Christian Smith stepped up and produced the innings that has been expected from him for some weeks.
Smith has performed consistently with the bat this season, and presented his club and team with a wonderful innings of 145 to put the Roos back into contention from what appeared to be a likely defeat.
With 43 from Aaron Brunner and 39 from Michael Ardagh, Wanneroo posted a competitive 291. Best with the ball for Joondalup were Boyland with four wickets and Hopes with three.
The contest continues on Saturday when Wanneroo will try to stymie the Centurions’ effort to overhaul the home team score.
The brothers Henry stood out for Wanneroo in second grade when team captain Nathan Henry scored an undefeated 48 while his brother Adam contributed 31 in an innings where the team lost six wickets in scoring 133.
Joondalup for their part could only manage 102 at Iluka Sports Complex.
In the third grade match at Kingsway 2, Joondalup are 1-24 in reply to Wanneroo’s 171.
Wanneroo’s fourth grade team have the job ahead of them next week with Joondalup putting together 9-220 at Iluka 2 last Saturday.