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