Kats and Rec Club go in favourites
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.