Kats purring at fi­nals time

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Kats have fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with a per­fect 10-0 win-loss record in the 40-over com­pe­ti­tion af­ter an 83-run win over the Pegs Creek Crabs.

Mitchell Inglis (109 not out) en­sured the Kats would post a for­mi­da­ble to­tal with a blis­ter­ing cen­tury, in­clud­ing 14 fours and two sixes.

The Kats posted 4-251, leav­ing the Crabs need­ing more than a run a ball to avoid be­ing handed the wooden spoon. From the out­set of the run chase the Crabs strug­gled to score as quickly as was re­quired, with both open­ers go­ing at a strike rate un­der 50.

As the pres­sure mounted the wick­ets came quickly. Cameron Nowotny (2-16) and Matthew Robert­son (2-15) did the dam­age at the top of the or­der to leave the Crabs reel­ing at 5-75.

Craig Ryan (52) posted a de­fi­ant half cen­tury but even­tu­ally fell to Craig Ford (3-25) who cleaned up the tail to have the Crabs all out for 168.

In a tes­ta­ment to the Kats bowlers, they only missed out on three wick­ets for the en­tire sea­son.

It was a po­ten­tial do-or-die match for the Bayn­ton Lions and Dampier Tav­ern­ers out at Windy Ridge, with Wick­ham breath­ing down their necks for a spot in the fi­nal four.

The Lions limped to 121 but in a game dom­i­nated by the bowlers the home side only man­aged 85 in re­sponse.

Dayanand Gawade (30) top scored with the bat while Ali Has­san (3-13) and Lo­k­endra Ranawat (3-18) did the dam­age with the ball.

In the end both sides made the fi­nal four af­ter Wick­ham failed to over­come the Rec Club at Bul­garra.

Wick­ham were bowled out for 89, Richard An­der­son prov­ing the key for the Rec Club with 4-15 in­clud­ing the wick­ets of both open­ers.

Casey Van­den Bergh (38no) an­chored the run chase to see the Rec Club home with 15 overs to spare.

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