South Perth, Perth out of finals race
PERTH and South Perth have been dramatically eliminated from the Premier Cricket semi-finals over the weekend.
Perth, who finished third, were eliminated after a disappointing loss to Joondalup at Fletcher Park, while sixthplaced South Perth fought hard but ultimately came up short against a powerful Claremont-Nedlands.
Joondalup’s Simon Branston ripped through the Demons top order as they fell to 4-10, before Tom Casey restored some hope with an unbeaten 42.
Casey had little support around him, as Perth were bowled out for 99.
The Centurions had no issues in the run chase, passing the total only four wickets down.
Liam Guthrie was the best of the bowlers with four wickets, as Joondalup was eventually dismissed for 204.
At Cresswell Park, South Perth’s clash ended as a draw, with rain intervening with the Sky Blues facing a mountain to climb.
The Tigers hammered more than 400 in their first innings to make the task almost impossible for the Sky Blues, before the mid-afternoon storm halted play.
Cam Huckett was outstanding with four wickets, as the home side amassed 8-409 from 112 overs.
The Sky Blues managed 2103 from 37 overs before play ended. Brandon Guest was 37 n.o. for the visitors.
Perth players talk it over during their loss to Joondalup.