Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Clarke: Scoring Century For South Perth “tops The Winter Off”

Clarke: Scoring Century For South Perth “tops The Winter Off”

Joe Clarke admits his century for South Perth CC against Western Australian Cricket Association first grade leaders Joondalup "topped my winter off."

The Worcestershire wicket-keeper-batsman had recently stated his determination to reach three figures before rejoining his county colleagues after scoring six fifties in 11 innings for South Perth.

He reached the milestone yesterday on the opening day of the two day clash, scoring 140 out of South Perth's all out total of 215.

Clarke even brought up his century in spectacular fashion with a reverse 'ramp' shot!

He said: "I'm really happy that I was able to go on and get a big score especially in the circumstances of the game.

"We were up against a really good bowling attack and to get to a century just topped my winter off."

Clarke came to the wicket at 5-1 and was last out – with only one other South Perth player reaching double figures. Joondalup reached 50-1 by the close and the game will be concluded next weekend.

Meanwhile, Clarke's county colleague Joe Leach's side, North Canberra Gungahlin, lost out on first innings points to home side ANU on the second day of their Australian Capital Territory first grade clash.

Leach finished with 1-69 from 23 overs as ANU extended their first innings total to 304 off 102.5 overs.

Worcestershire all-rounder Leach was his side's second top-scorer with 36 after coming to the wicket at 21-2.

He hit four fours in his 77 ball knock before being fifth out at 79.

The Northies looked doomed to a heavy defeat at 105-8 but a superb 108 from A. Glover revived their hopes before they were eventually bowled out for 226 in 91.1 overs.