Teams return to action
Cricketers will pick up bat and ball again this weekend for the West Pilbara Cricket Association’s 40-over competition after coming off the sevenweek summer break.
With five rounds to go, last year’s fifth-placed Wickham Warriors and premiers Karratha Kats are looking like the teams to beat so far.
First-placed Wickham will take on the third-placed Pegs Creek Crabs.
Wickham won their first four games of the season before going down to the Karratha Kats in the final round before the break.
The Kats will be favourites to take the points over the winless Baynton Lions at the Leisureplex on Saturday night, though the Lions have come close to victory in their past two matches and will be desperate for a win to keep their finals hopes alive.
The Rec Club and Taverners will play at Bulgarra Oval.
Both are on eight points and jostling for fourth position on the table.
Rec Club batsman Luke Breman sits atop the run scorers’ list for 2016/17, plundering 182 runs to date at an average of 91.
Pegs Creek’s Nathaniel Kett sits second with 152 runs, four ahead of the Taverners’ Grant Butler. While they may be bottom of the table without a win, Lions spearhead Dayanand Gawade has proved the pick of the bowlers this year, claiming 10 wickets at an average of 9.8.
That strike power has come at a miserly 3.82 runs per over.
Crabs’ Craig Ryan has proved hard to handle too, sitting on top of the wickettakers’ list with 11 scalps at 18.09. Ryan’s wickets have come at a cost of 5.69 runs an over. Stablemate Christopher Derman, as well as Wickham’s Ed Payne and Dampier’s Paul Rowe, sit on nine wickets each.
Looking forward, Wickham Warriors have a favourable run home, with all five of their remaining games to be played at home in Wickham.
The round 8 match between Wickham and the Kats looks set to decide who claims the No.1 ahead of finals, assuming the form of both teams holds up.
The Crabs will travel to Wickham and Dampier before ending the regular season with two games at the Leisureplex oval.
The Kats will play just one more game at their Millars Well home, while the Lions will get four of their last five games at the Leisureplex. Dampier have two of their remaining five games out at the picturesque Windy Ridge oval.
Crabs paceman Daniel Carse beats the edge of Dayanand Gawade.
The Taverners take on Karratha Kats.
Baynton Lions' Sanjay Yadav and Anil Sharma put some runs on the board against Wickham.