Kats cruise to key victory
■ In a Twenty20 final rematch, the Karratha Kats and Baynton Lions went head-to-head in the first round of the 40-over competition earlier this month, with the Kats coming out on top in a crushing seven-wicket victory.
The Kats, led by Michael James (4/16) and Leon Silvio (4/12), bowled the Lions out for 55.
Only Shamsher Singh (15) managed to make double figures for the Lions before becoming Silvio’s third scalp.
After losing opener Patrick Richards (1) early, the Kats cruised to victory through the bats of Geoff Spence (21no) Nowotny (30).
At the Leisureplex, the Pegs Creek Crabs got their season off to a good start with a 68-run win over Wickham.
Brooke Ball (4/54) and Hayden Wynne (2/18) provided some resistance for Wickham, but could not stop the Crabs piling on 232 runs from their 40 overs with the bat.
Wickham slumped to 7/32 in reply and looked out of the game before a big partnership between Ball (64) and Nicholas Lewis (24) put some respectability into the score.
Lewis departed with the score at 8/83 and the game looked all wrapped up when the next wicket
Cameron fell 10 runs later. A rear-guard partnership between Ball and Alan Mathers poked a few Crabs nerves, however, as they added another 68 runs.
With time running out, Daniel Carse stepped up to break the partnership to have Wickham all out for 164 in the 37th over. It was a close match in Bulgarra between the Rec Club and Dampier Taverners, with the Rec Club bowling their opposition out 19 runs short.
Casey Vanden Bergh (40) and Steve Boyce (48) starred with the bat in the first innings and the Rec Club made their way to 8/ 205.
Paul Rowe (49) was defiant for the Taverners, but several of his teammates failed to go with him after making promising starts.
Shane Miles (3/27) took the final wicket with 10 balls left.
Paul Rowe gets a leg glance away for the Dampier Taverners.