Kats and Rec Club go in favourites

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Millars Well and Bul­garra will host semi­fi­nal clashes in the West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s 40over com­pe­ti­tion this week­end.

The un­de­feated Kar­ratha Kats will take on the Dampier Tav­ern­ers, who they de­feated by seven wick­ets and five wick­ets in their two reg­u­lar sea­son match-ups.

The Tav­ern­ers were bowled out for 122 and 144 in their pre­vi­ous matches against the Kats.

With a team fea­tur­ing four of the top 10 bats­men and three of the top bowlers, the Kats will go in as heavy favourites.

The Tav­ern­ers have strug­gled with the bat, with only Nathaniel Kett av­er­ag­ing more than 25 this sea­son. Their bowl­ing has proved more fruit­ful, with David Letts (12 wick­ets) and Brett Singh (11) among the top wicket-tak­ers.

In Bul­garra, Rec Club will take on Bayn­ton Lions, who sneaked into the fi­nal four af­ter on-and-off per­for­mances this sea­son.

Rec Club has the wood on the Lions, though their last match came down to the wire af­ter Lions’ wil- low-wielder Muham­mad Khan al­most helped his team to the huge 249-run tar­get set by Rec Club.

Khan is the lead­ing run scorer in the com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son, with two im­pres­sive cen­turies among his 379 runs at an av­er­age of 47.38.

The Lions’ have oth­er­wise strug­gled with the bat, with their next best bats­men av­er­ag­ing below 18.

Rec Club’s Casey Van­den Bergh has the high­est av­er­age of the com­pe­ti­tion at 67, plun­der­ing 268 runs from six matches.

The Rec­cers have the edge with the ball as well, with two of the lead­ing wicket tak­ers in Ja­cob In­namorati (16) and Richard An­der­son (13).

Lions’ strike bowler Shamsher Singh is fourth on the list with 15 scalps to his name.

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