Kar­ratha win 40-over fi­nal

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

Kar­ratha Kats have won their sec­ond suc­ces­sive West Pil­bara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion 40-over com­pe­ti­tion after de­feat­ing Dampier Tav­ern­ers at Mil­lars Well in the Satur­day night fi­nal.

After go­ing through the 2015/16 sea­son un­de­feated, the Kats al­most re­peated the feat, los­ing only one game to Pegs Creek Crabs back in round 3.

It was a harder task for the Tav­ern­ers, who came home strong after sit­ting on two wins and three losses at the half­way mark of the sea­son.

The Dampier side ended sec­ond on the ta­ble be­hind even­tual win­ners the Kats.

Re­sults for the fi­nal had not been sub­mit­ted by the time of print.

Go­ing into the fi­nal, Tav­ern­ers first drop Bradley Goes had plun­dered 248 runs in the past five rounds, in­clud­ing three half-cen­turies.

Opener Adrian D’Cuhna and skip­per Nathaniel Kett had both been in good form with the bat, de­spite miss­ing out in the pre­vi­ous game. The trio sat third, fourth and fifth on the run­scor­ers list for the 2016/17 sea­son, each tal­ly­ing more than 250 runs be­fore the fi­nal.

Tav­ern­ers bowler Mark Saun­ders has also had a good run this year, snar­ing 14 wick­ets, in­clud­ing a ca­reer best 4/12 in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal against Wick­ham.

For the Kats, strike bowler Michael James has proved more than a hand­ful, claim­ing 13 wick­ets in only five matches at a miserly 3.36 runs an over ahead of the fi­nal.

Leon Sil­vio (3.52 runs an over), Ge­orge Du Preez (3.66 runs an over) and Cameron Nowotny (3.92 runs an over) have also con­trib­uted to keep­ing the Kats’ op­po­si­tion to low tar­gets.

The Kats haven’t had any bats­men dom­i­nate the sea­son this year, but in­di­vid­u­als have stood up in most matches. Pa­trick Richards (190) and Cameron Nowotny (182) were the lead­ing run scor­ers for the mi­nor pre­miers be­fore the fi­nal. Richards, Nowotny, Corey Rut­gers, Bray­den Lee, Michael James and Bernard Atkin had all reg­is­tered half-cen­turies.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Corey Rut­gers goes on the at­tack against Brett Singh from the first ball.

Cam Nowotny glances the ball to­wards mid-wicket.

Mark Saun­ders rolls the arm over.

Dampier Tav­ern­ers cel­e­brate a caught be­hind.

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