Stur­geon digs deep to keep Kar­ratha from de­feat

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Kats sur­vived a scare to re­main un­de­feated in the 40-over com­pe­ti­tion, over­com­ing the Rec Club with five overs to spare.

Rec Club bat­ted first and lost two early wick­ets be­fore build­ing a steady in­nings. They never man­aged to break the shack­les thanks to some tight bowl­ing from the likes of Michael James (3-19) and Corey Rut­gers (2-11).

Set 137 to win, the Kats’ run chase could not have had a worse start.

Ge­off Spence (8) and Bray­den Lee (0) went quickly and none of their top four bats­men man­aged to make dou­ble dig­its.

Nino Stur­geon (45 not out) then came to the crease and went about chang­ing the course of the game.

Stur­geon re­ceived valu­able sup­port from Jackson Davey (18), Joshua Smith (17) and cap­tain Craig Ford (25 no) as he helped the Kats over the line at the start of the 36th over.

Teams have a bye this week­end be­fore the Kats take on the Pegs Creek Crabs at Mil­lars Well on Novem­ber 28.

The Rec Club will play away against Wick­ham and the Bayn­ton Li­ons will take on the Dampier Tav­ern­ers at the Leisure­plex.

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