Kats top­ple War­riors in comfy win

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Kats tight­ened their grip on top spot on the 40over cricket lad­der after a com­fort­able 23-run win over sec­ond-placed Wick­ham War­riors on Satur­day.

The Kats opted to bat first at Wick­ham Oval and fought their way to 5/172 on a slow out­field, thanks to the record rains recorded dur­ing the week.

Chas­ing the No.1 spot on the ta­ble, Wick­ham put up a fight, but couldn’t score fast enough.

The home side ended its 40 overs at 9/149, re­sult­ing in them slip­ping to third on the lad­der.

At the other end of the ta­ble, Baynton Li­ons did their fi­nals chances no harm with a fivewicket win, chas­ing down 128 over Rec Club at Baynton West Oval.

The match was short­ened to 20 overs be­cause of poor light­ing and skip­per Lo­k­endra Ranawat made light work of the top or­der, re­mov­ing Rec Club cap­tain Bren­dan Kuiper (5) and first drop Rod­ney Jamieson (13) on his way to im­pres­sive fig­ures of 2/8 off four overs.

Luke Bre­man (50) and Damian Barnes (33) com­bined for the fifth-wicket part­ner­ship and guided Rec Club to a re­spectable 128 on an­other slug­gish out­field.

Li­ons open­ers San­jay Ya­dav (15) and Dayanande Gawade (14) got the Li­ons off to a steady start with­out taking the game away from the vis­i­tors.

Strike bowler Barnes kept it tight with­out re­ward un­til his fi­nal over, but it was ring-in Chris Chap­pell, who lit a fire in the Rec’s de­fen­sive ef­fort.

Chap­pell claimed both open­ers in his first over of cricket for the sea­son, which was soon fol­lowed by Barnes’ dis­missal of Jig­nesh Pa­tel for a golden duck to have the Li­ons sit­ting pre­car­i­ously at 3/36.

That brought in the dan­ger­ous Muham­mad Khan and he once again lived up to his rep­u­ta­tion with a barn­storm­ing 40 off 21 de­liv­er­ies.

With the ball hold­ing up in the out­field, Khan found go­ing over the rope the eas­ier op­tion, hit­ting four sixes to go with his two fours.

He was even­tu­ally caught on the bound­ary rope, but the dam­age was done as the Li­ons were well on track to vic­tory thanks to the whirl­wind knock.

IS Aran­dara (15no) and Ranawat (13no) fin­ished the match off in the 18th over off an over­throw to move their team above the Rec Club, and just two points out of the top four with two games to go.

They face a tough chal­lenge, how­ever, with away games to Wick­ham and the now sec­ond-placed Dampier Tav­ern­ers to play.

The Tav­ern­ers chased down Pegs Creek Crabs’ 161-run tar­get with ease, thanks to a 121-run part­ner­ship be­tween opener Adrian D’Cunha (91) and Bradley Goes (57no).

The Tav­ern­ers reached 2/163 in­side the 33rd over.

Jacob In­namorati gets the ball up on San­jay Ya­dav's toes in the open­ing overs.

Bowler and bats­man watch as a thick edge sails be­tween keeper and first slip.

Muham­mad Khan sends an­other ball over the bound­ary rope.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

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