Hobson, Hope put on a clinic
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.