Century pride for the Lions
A second consecutive century from Baynton Lions star Muhammad Khan was not enough to push his side over the line against the Rec Club at the weekend, falling short with three overs left.
The Lions won the toss and sent Rec Club in to bat on the Leisureplex oval.
They started well, removing Stan Begg and Mark Spencer cheaply.
Brendan Kuiper stuck around for a career-high 64, but it was a 113-run stand between middle-order pair Luke Breman (60 not out) and Steve Boyce (40) that helped the Reccers to a better than a run a ball 6-249.
With ball in hand, the Rec Club tore through the top order with little fuss, having the Lions on the ropes at 3-17.
That brought the 155-run hero of the previous match, Khan, to the crease and with Nilesh Patel (30) they looked to turn the tide of the match with a 120-run partnership.
Spencer eventually made the breakthrough, provoking a thick edge from Patel that flew to point.
From there, the rest of the order failed to fire as Khan kept the run rate ticking over down the other end.
When Khan was dismissed for 120 with the Lions needing 48 from as many balls their hopes sunk, as the last few batsmen departed cheaply to be all out for 221.
At Millars Well, it was another centurion in Corey Rutgers (114) who guided the Karratha Kats to a 116-run win over Wickham.
Rutgers was the anchor in two big partnerships at the top of the order as the Kats piled on 250.
In reply, Craig Nunn (33) put up a bit of resistance, but Wickham were bowled out for 134 in the 35th over.
The Dampier Taverners notched their second win in a row with a convincing 97-run victory over Pegs Creek.
With two rounds to go, the Kats and Rec Club look safe up the top of the ladder, while the rest of the teams are all still in the mix for the final two spots.
Muhammad Khan goes for a heave through the mid-on area.