Kats score five-run grand final win
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.
Geoff Spence hits a bowl from Shamsher Singh.