South Perth, Perth out of fi­nals race

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

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.

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