Lions and Kats vie for glory

Pilbara News - - Sport - ■ Louise Alling­ham

The Bayn­ton Lions reached the grand fi­nal of the West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s 40-over com­pe­ti­tion with a two-wicket win in a big run chase against the Rec Club.

Play­ing in their first sea­son, the Lions scrapped through for vic­tory cour­tesy of a barn­storm­ing 89 not out from star bats­man Muham­mad Khan.

Khan, who is the lead­ing run scorer in the com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son, com­bined with Dayanand Gawade (37) for a 61-run part­ner­ship as they looked to chase down the Rec Club’s 206-run to­tal.

Khan and Am­rit­pal Singh (2 not out) fin­ished the job to see the Lions progress.

Ear­lier, Rec Club set them­selves up well through a ca­reer-best knock from Casey Van­den Bergh (118).

The Rec­cers were on track to repli- cate their run-a-ball fire­works against the Lions in their pre­vi­ous game but lost late wick­ets chas­ing quick runs.

Gawade (4-37) proved valu­able with the ball for the Lions but the Rec Club’s Richard An­der­son was the pick of the bowlers with 3-17 off eight overs.

Over at Millars Well the un­de­feated Kar­ratha Kats romped to a six-wicket vic­tory in an 85-run win over Dampier Tav­ern­ers.

The Kats bat­ted first and half cen­turies to Corey Rut­gers (77) and Cameron Nowotny (50) en­sured an­other large to­tal from the home side.

The Tav­ern­ers were un­able to match the high tempo set by the Kats, with plenty of bats­men mak­ing starts but none go­ing on to post a big score.

Nino Stur­geon (3-16) and Leon Sil­vio (3-32) both claimed three wick­ets as the Kats closed the game out in the 35th over.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

The Bayn­ton Lions will meet the Kar­ratha Kats in the grand fi­nal at the week­end.

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