Kats’ opening pair cap off bowlers’ good work
Wickham ended the calendar year on top of the West Pilbara Cricket Association table despite an eight-wicket loss to reigning 40-over champions the Karratha Kats on Saturday.
Set 153 for victory, Kats’ openers Brayden Lee (44) and Corey Rutgers (64) did the bulk of the work in chasing the total down in the 38th over.
Geoff Spence (9no) and Cam Nowotny (21no) finished the job for the Kats.
Leon Silvio again proved decisive with ball in hand for the Kats, claiming three scalps with a miserly 1.75 economy rate.
George Pu Preez (3-28) and Nowotny (2-27) also claimed multiple wickets.
In a high-scoring game at the Leisureplex, the Pegs Creek Crabs chased down the Taverners’ 196 thanks to an unbeaten century from Daniel Carse.
The Taverners slumped to 4-35 after a bruising opening spell from Christopher Derman (4-30).
Skipper Nathanial Kett (75) and Michael Saunders (40) both found some form after lean starts to the 40-over competition to steer the Taverners out of trouble.
The pair put on 79 runs for the fifth wicket before Kett was caught out by Derman off the bowling of Alex Fitzmaurice (1-21).
Saunders and Shingleton (34) continued to pile on the runs as 200 began to look in reach, but Craig Ryan (3-59) took a few late scalps to finish the Taverners’ innings on 196, two balls short of the end.
The imposing total did nothing to sway the Crabs, with opener Carse (102no) registering his first decent knock of the season.
Grant Butler (34) and Jordan Perkusich (40) provided handy back-up to Carse.
The Crabs’ batters took a liking to Tim Fenwick (0-25) and Jordan Bruce (1-30), both going for more than 10 runs an over.
Carse and Lachlan Seabrook (8no) finished the game off in the 25th over, with the Crabs reaching the respectable target for the loss of only two wickets.
In the final game of the weekend, the Baynton Lions fell agonisingly short of their first win of the season, falling two runs short against the Rec Club.
Ishan Arandara (3-19), Sanjay Yadav (2-19) and Dayanand Gawade (2-28) proved hard to get away as the Rec Club made their way to 9-145 at Bulgarra Oval. The Lions started well, with openers Nilesh Patel (17) and Dayanand Gawade (39) helping the score past 50.
First drop Gayan Wijesingha (31) added valuable runs to push the Lions’ total towards 100 but it was all downhill from there.
Muhammad Khan (2) failed to fire coming in at No. 4. His dismissal sparked a collapse in which the Lions lost 7-29.
Tailenders Anil Sharma (6no) and Amit Shah (6) looked as if they could get the Lions across the line but it wasn’t to be.
Shah fell one run short of drawing the scores level.
Cricket goes into its summer break now, with the next matches to be played on January 28.