Kats re­main team to beat

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Kats have gone into the Christ­mas break un­de­feated af­ter a close six-run vic­tory over Wick­ham in the fi­nal round of the year.

The Kats chose to bat first and Pa­trick Richards game out of the blocks fir­ing with a com­posed 58-run knock.

Part­ners strug­gled to stay with him on the other end, though, as Paul DuPont (3/52) and Cory Miller (3/20) tore through the mid­dle or­der.

The Kats added a fur­ther 50 runs fol­low­ing Richards de­par­ture to fin­ish their in­nings at 9/157.

Wick­ham had a poor start to the run chase, find­ing them­selves two wick­ets down be­fore hit­ting dou­ble fig­ures.

Mark Polk­inghorne (29) and Greg Christe (38no) pro­vided re­sis­tance, but at the end they were left just short of their sec­ond win of the sea­son at 9/ 151.

There was noth­ing close about Pegs Creek’s vic­tory over Dampier, with the home side blast­ing their way to 244 off 35 overs.

Grant But­ler (63) and Daniel Carse (51) con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive form with a huge 125-run stand be­fore keeper Steven Wright hit a per­sonal best 42no to cap off an im­pres­sive bat­ting dis­play.

In re­ply, the Tav­ern­ers lost two wick­ets early and failed to re­cover from there, with bat­ters get­ting a start, then get­ting out.

Adrian D’Cunha (24) and Scott Stu­art (39) pro­vided a glim­mer of hope, but that was ex­tin­guished when Paul Mar­ion (3/45) claimed Stu­art with the score at 9/172.

D’Cunha was bowled soon af­ter to leave the Tav­ern­ers 60 runs short.

The Rec Club also had a com­fort­able vic­tory af­ter bowl­ing the Bayn­ton Li­ons out for 128.

Ja­cob In­namorati (3/35) and Richard An­der­son (3/14) did the dam­age as the Li­ons fell in the 33rd over.

A pa­tient 81-run stand from Rec Club open­ers Luke Bre­man (35) and Sam O’Hare (26) all but sealed the game, though the Li­ons did man­age to claim five scalps in the space of five runs be­fore their to­tal was chased down.

The re­sults mean Rec Club sit one win be­hind the Kats in sec­ond place, with Pegs Creek and Bayn­ton Li­ons be­hind them on two wins apiece.

The Tav­ern­ers and Wick­ham will be hop­ing to im­prove on their one win each so far to make a push for a fi­nals spot next year.

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