Kats score five-run grand fi­nal win

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

A tense fi­nal over and stel­lar de­fen­sive bowl­ing gave the Kar­ratha Kats a five-run vic­tory and the flag in Fri­day night’s West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion Twenty20 grand fi­nal against Baynton Lions.

The Kats had proven to be Lions’ bane hav­ing hand­ily de­feated them by 52 runs in their first en­counter in round one.

Lions won the toss and opted to field first play­ing to their strengths as one of this sea­son’s strong­est bowl­ing teams.

Kats’ open­ing few bat­ters strug­gled early un­til Craig Ford (24) and War­wick Du­rack (22) brought some sta­bil­ity in the mid­dle or­der.

The com­pe­ti­tion’s lead­ing wicket taker Shamsher Singh (4-14) got his sec­ond wicket of the night with a leg be­fore wicket on Du­rack. He got Michael James (0) in a sim­i­lar fash­ion be­fore clean-bowl­ing Leon Sil­vio (1) as the Kats fin­ished their 20 overs 8-93.

Sim­i­lar to the Kats, Lions lost their open­ers for a hand­ful of runs . Jig­nesh Pa­tel (20), Muhammed Khan (14) and Vi­pan Ra­jput (14 not out) were the best per­form­ers for Lions but the loss of Pa­tel and Khan led to a sharp drop in the run rate.

Du­rack (2-12) took Pa­tel’s scalp and Sil­vio (2-15) got Khan and Singh (1). Com­ing into the last over the Lions were 6-83 and needed 11 runs to win. Ra­jput and Nadeem Chaud­hary (7) had put on an eightrun part­ner­ship.

James got off to a good start bowl­ing the last over and Chaud­hary was run out.

James only gave up two more runs as the Lions fell short by five 8-88.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Ge­off Spence hits a bowl from Shamsher Singh.

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