Kats cruise to key vic­tory

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ 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

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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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Paul Rowe gets a leg glance away for the Dampier Tav­ern­ers.

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