Kats’ win sends them to fi­nals

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

The Kar­ratha Kats and Dampier Tav­ern­ers will square off in the 40over cricket fi­nals next week­end af­ter both se­cured com­fort­able wins over their op­po­nents in the semi­fi­nals.

The Kats hosted Pegs Creek in Mil­lars Well and romped to a 44-run win thanks to a miserly bowl­ing per­for­mance.

Cameron Nowotny (3-20), Michael James (2-10) and Bren­don Bliz­zard (226) helped bowl the Crabs out for 99 in the 30th over chas­ing down 143.

Ge­orge Du Preez and Leon Sil­vio each chipped in with a wicket as well.

It was the Crabs who won the toss and sent the Kats in to bat.

Ge­off Spence (17) and Bray­den Lee (59) put on 59 for the open­ing part­ner­ship, but from there the Crabs bowlers got on top, pre­vent­ing the home side from form­ing any part­ner­ships.

It seemed 143 was a get­table tar­get, but a slow out­field and tight bowl­ing from the Kats won the day and sent the reign­ing pre­miers to the fi­nal.

Out at Windy Ridge, Wick­ham opted to bat first against the Dampier Tav­ern­ers but failed to click into gear.

The War­riors were skit­tled for 77 in the 30th over, Mark Saun­ders (4-12) and Daniel Hard­ing (3-17) do­ing the bulk of the dam­age with the ball.

In re­ply, the Tav­ern­ers lost three early wick­ets, but Bradley Goes (29no) and Paul Rowe (24no) saw the home side fall over the line com­fort­able in­side 20 overs.

The Tav­ern­ers have been de­feated by the Kats both times so far this sea­son.

Picture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Crabs’ bats­man Jordan Perku­sich.

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