Karratha win 40-over final
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.
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.