Kats purring at finals time
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.