Hob­son, Hope put on a clinic

Joondalup Times - - SPORT - Dustin Ed­wards

CLARE­MONT Ned­lands rounded out a per­fect week­end of cricket on Sun­day, send­ing a warn­ing to the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion with a thun­der­ous nine-wicket win over Joon­dalup at Iluka Sports Com­plex.

After win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, the Cen­tu­ri­ons looked to have the Tigers’ classy bowl­ing at­tack un­der wraps early, with Gar­rick Morgan and Jake Zsilin­szky open­ing with a 44-run part­ner­ship.

How­ever, El­liot Hitchen was the first to break through with the ball, claim­ing both Zsilin­szky and Morgan in quick suc­ces­sion.

At 2-65, Jaron Morgan and Clin­ton Hinch­liffe ap­peared to steady the in­nings for the Cen­tu­ri­ons, adding a fur­ther 41 runs to the to­tal be­fore Joon­dalup suf­fered an almighty col­lapse.

Joon­dalup lost eight wick­ets in the space of 59 runs, as Bradley Hope, Daniel Tur­kich, Hay­dan Mor­ton and Hitchen ran riot with the ball.

Hitchen was su­perb with the ball in hand, tak­ing 4-36 as Joon­dalup were bowled out for 165.

After los­ing Ja­cob Whiteaker early at 1-1, the Tigers blitzed the run chase in record time.

Ni­cholas Hob­son and Bradley Hope put on a clinic with the bat, smash­ing out a tremen­dous 165-run sec­ond-wicket part­ner­ship as the Tigers chased down the to­tal in the 36th over.

Hob­son and Hope ended the day un­beaten on 81 and 73 runs re­spec­tively.

■ On Satur­day, Perth won a high-scor­ing af­fair against Joon­dalup, start­ing its 2018-19 sea­son with an im­pres­sive three-wicket vic­tory at Fletcher Park.

Pace­man Josh Ni­cholas was in­stru­men­tal in the fi­nal overs, tak­ing 4-34 as Joon­dalup were bowled out for 227.

Perth hit the win­ning runs in the 45th over.

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