Kats’ open­ing pair cap off bowlers’ good work

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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