Kats remain team to beat
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.