Ladder-leading Kats remain unbeaten after thriller
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.