Miserly Du Preez stars with ball to set up Kats’ T20 win

Pilbara News - - Pilbars Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

It’s early days but the Kar­ratha Kats are again shap­ing up as the team to beat in the T20 cricket com­pe­ti­tion this year after cruis­ing to a sec­ond vic­tory with­out los­ing a wicket.

The Kats’ open­ing pair of Paul Richards and Corey Rut­gers blasted their way to the Rec Club’s 85run tar­get with nine overs to spare with the re­sult never in doubt.

After play­ing the lead role along­side Cameron Nowotny in their first round win over the Baynton Li­ons, Rut­gers took the back seat as Richards guided the Kats to vic­tory with a com­fort­able 50 not out. Rut­gers ended the night 28no.

Ear­lier in the night it was Ge­orge Du Preez who starred with the ball for the Kats, tak­ing a miserly 3-6 in his four overs.

He was backed up by Ty­ronne Wise­man (2-15), Rut­gers (2-13) and Michael James (1-15).

The win has the Kats sit­ting two points clear at the top of the ta­ble, while Rec Club were rel­e­gated to last place be­cause of their poor per­cent­age.

Last year’s new boys on the block and fi­nal­ists Baynton Li­ons are also strug­gling to find form this sea­son, slump­ing to a 35-run loss at the hands of the Pegs Creek Crabs.

The Crabs went in to bat first and looked like a run­away train, with open­ers Daniel Carse (26) and Grant But­ler (73) putting on a 100run part­ner­ship to start the match.

Both de­parted in quick suc­ces­sion after the score ticked over 100 and two more quick wick­ets in­jected a bit of life into the Li­ons’ field­ers.

Nathan Hamp­son (30no) and Craig Ryan (20no) stead­ied the ship though and guided the Crabs to 4-174.

Prag­nesh Shah was the pick of the Li­ons bowlers with 2-25 off four overs.

In stark con­trast to the Crabs, the Li­ons in­nings started off poorly as they lost both open­ers for sin­gle-fig­ure scores.

The big-hit­ting Muham­mad Khan (24) and Jig­nesh Pa­tel (15) at­tempted to gather some mo­men­tum but were both un­done dur­ing a fruit­ful spell by Jor­dan Perku­sich (3-27).

The mid­dle or­der pro­vided no re­sis­tance. Only a de­fi­ant 43 by San­jay Ya­dav got the Li­ons to a re­spectable 139, leav­ing them 35 short of the tar­get.

After draw­ing against the Crabs in the first round, Wick­ham got their first win on the board over the Dampier Tav­ern­ers. On a slow pitch Tav­ern­ers crept to 5-110. Opener Ad­crian D’Cunha (29), Nathaniel Kett (25) and Josh Wil­helm (22no) got the job done.

Wick­ham’s in­nings took a sim­i­lar path as the vis­i­tors’ first in­nings ef­fort. Sev­eral bats­men, in­clud­ing opener Ed Payne (27) made starts but no one could grab the game by the scruff of the neck.

The low tar­get be­gan to look a chal­lenge as the overs crept on but a staunch ef­fort from Jaden Say­lor (28no) got Wick­ham over the line.

Wick­ham face the Kats at Mil­lars Well this week­end while the Tav­ern­ers will re­turn home against the Crabs.

The Satur­day night game will pro­vide a chance for the Rec Club or Li­ons to get their first points.

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