Kats claim 40-over crown

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Kats claimed the 40-over cricket com­pe­ti­tion ti­tle af­ter an em­phatic seven-wicket maul­ing of the Bayn­ton Lions at the week­end.

The Lions were sent in to bat by the Kats and were off to a poor start, los­ing their top three bats­men with 10 runs on the board.

The mis­ery con­tin­ued for the Lions, with Michael James (5-7) rip­ping through the top and middle or­der, claim­ing his haul in just five overs.

Lead­ing run scorer for the sea­son, Mo­hammed Khan, was the only Lions player to make dou­ble fig­ures, scor­ing 10 to bring his im­pres­sive sea­son to­tal to 557.

James and Ge­orge Du Preez (315) breezed through the tail as the Lions crum­bled to be all out for just 46 in 17 overs.

The Kats wasted no time chas­ing down the small to­tal, with star bats­men Corey Rut­gers blast­ing 25

five-wicket from just 20 de­liv­er­ies. Rut­gers was bowled by Ali Has­san (2-10) chas­ing quick runs, but the dam­age was done as the Kats cruised to 3-47 in the 11th over.

It capped a re­mark­able sea­son for the Kats, who went through the sea­son un­de­feated af­ter also win­ning the Twenty20 tour­na­ment ear­lier in the year.

James ended the sea­son as the lead­ing wicket-taker with 27 scalps at a miserly 2.8 runs per over, in­clud­ing the five-wicket fi­nal haul.

Leon Sil­vio and Nino Stur­geon both fea­tured in the top 10 bowlers for the sea­son.

Rut­gers ended his sea­son with an im­pres­sive av­er­age of 55.83, hav­ing scored 335 runs in seven reg­u­lar sea­son games.

Pa­trick Richards, Mitchell Inglis and Ge­off Spence were all in­cluded in the top 10 bast­men list, with more than 200 runs each.

The Lions made the fi­nals in both for­mats in their first sea­son to­gether as a team.

Pic­ture: Linda Ram­pant

Kar­ratha Kats re­mained un­de­feated, tak­ing the WPCA 40-over tro­phy home af­ter the grand fi­nal on Satur­day.

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