Teams re­turn to ac­tion

Pilbara News - - Sports - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pictures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Crabs pace­man Daniel Carse beats the edge of Dayanand Gawade.

The Tav­ern­ers take on Kar­ratha Kats.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Bayn­ton Lions' San­jay Ya­dav and Anil Sharma put some runs on the board against Wick­ham.

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