Lad­der-lead­ing Kats re­main un­beaten af­ter thriller

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Kats have come out of the mid-sea­son break with their un­de­feated streak in­tact, scrap­ing through for a two-run win over the Bayn­ton Lions.

The ta­ble-top­ping Kats pow­ered to a daunting 4/236 in their 40 overs, cour­tesy of a big-hit­ting 133 not out from opener Pa­trick Richards.

Richards’ ca­reer best score was sup­ported by two big part­ner­ships — a 102-run stand with Mitchell Inglis (29) and a 98-run part­ner­ship with Ge­off Spence (36).

For the Lions’ bowlers, there wasn’t too much to write home about, but Brad Lowe had 2/47 off six overs.

The Lions’ bats­men weren’t go­ing to go down with­out a fight, and got them­selves within strik­ing dis­tance of the Kats’ to­tal, but they fell just short, all out for 234.

Nino Stur­geon claimed the most wick­ets for the match with 3/39 off eight overs. He was ably backed up by Bren­don Bliz­zard (2/38) and Corey Rut­gers (2/33).

In the other game, Pegs Creek Crabs had an un­suc­cess­ful trip out to Wick­ham, hand­ing the home side their se­cond win of the sea­son and bring­ing them into the top four at the ex­pense of the Bayn­ton Lions.

Wick­ham bat­ted first and made a mod­est 6/120 be­cause of some eco­nom­i­cal bowl­ing from Daniel Carse (2/30) and Alex Fitz­mau­rice (1/13).

In re­sponse, sev­eral Crabs bats­men made starts, but no one could go on to steer the team home.

Both open­ers made 12 be­fore de­part­ing and first drop Carse hit 18 be­fore be­ing dis­missed.

The in­nings then went down­hill, with three wick­ets fall­ing in the space of six runs.

Craig Ryan (17) pro­vided some sta­bil­ity but when he was dis­missed with the score at 9/ 89, the game was all but over.

Fitz­mau­rice put on five more runs and was the fi­nal wicket to fall in the 29th over.

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