IT appears Wanneroo will avoid the undesirable title of wooden spooner after lifting itself from last place with a tense upset win over third-placed South Perth in WA Premier Cricket.
Victory for the Roos in the final round of the season against Bayswater Morley this weekend will guarantee they do not finish at the bottom.
If they lose, they will be hoping Midland-Guildford, which has replaced Wanneroo in the cellar, does not defeat Subiaco Floreat.
South Perth, which began day 2 at 5-76 on Saturday, needed just 72 runs for victory but fell four runs short of the Roos’ 147 at Kingsway.
Paceman Jack Cattrall was the match winner for Wanneroo with 6-45, while Mathew Dzodzos snared 3-59.
The equation looked simple on paper, but it proved slightly more difficult, as South Perth lost Brooke and Brandon Guest almost instantly, teetering on 7-78.
The visitors needed just 12 runs to win when their ninth wicket fell, but could not keep a cool head as Dzodzos took the final scalp courtesy of a catch from wicketkeeper Christian Smith.
Wanneroo came back to the crease, scoring 1-73 before the end of the day’s play.