Outstanding performances by first-class players Marcus North and Nathan Rimmington couldn't save their club Bayswater Morley from defeat in the first week of the WACA grade finals on the weekend.
But Bayswater survive for the semi-finals by being the 'lucky loser' in the six-team finals format.
Paceman Rimmington took 6-35 off 22.3 overs as Bayswater took the ascendancy against Joondalup, who were dismissed for 189, at Iluka.
But Joondalup, who finished the home-and-away season in third place, hit back to have the visitors 4-89 at stumps on Saturday.
North was on 49 overnight and went on to make an undefeated 80 on Sunday but wickets fell around him and Bayswater were dismissed for 145.
Joondalup's Josh Anderson had a big influence on the match, making 59 batting at No.9 after coming in at 7-76, and following up with 3-27 off 12 overs on Sunday.
In the other elimination finals, Claremont Nedlands (second) had a thumping win over Willetton, and top team Melville lost six wickets before overhauling Subiaco Floreat's 128.
It was a disappointing end for Subiaco who made the grand final last season. Their conquerors in that final, Wanneroo, had a big fall from grace, finishing 13th this season.
Joondalup 189 (Starr 51, Anderson 59, Rimmington 6-35) d Bayswater Morley 145 (North 80no, D'Cruz 3-26, Anderson 3-27) at Iluka.
Claremont Nedlands 325 (Brabazon 76, Kelly 59no, Swan 54, Birt 45, McCall 4-61, O'Connell 3-112) d Willetton 117 (O'Connell 57, Turkich 4-38, Kelly 3-14) at Cresswell Park.
Subiaco Floreat 128 (Hansberry 40, Russell 3-16, Kerr-Sheppard 3-24) lost to Melville 7-172 (Clarke 72no, Hansberry 3-29) at Tompkins Park.
Semi-finals, March 23-24:
Melville v Bayswater Morley (Tompkins Park).Claremont Nedlands v Joondalup (Cresswell Park).
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