Lions and Kats vie for glory
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.
The Baynton Lions will meet the Karratha Kats in the grand final at the weekend.