Fi­nals berth hopes dim for Lake View

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Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT -

Lake View’s hopes of a fi­nals berth are al­most out of sight after they suf­fered their fifth straight loss in the East­ern Gold­fields Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion A-grade com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

Lake View have man­aged just one win this sea­son and their seven-wicket loss against lad­der lead­ers North Kal­go­or­lie have left them need­ing a run of un­likely re­sults in the last four rounds if they are to stand any chance of claw­ing their way back into fi­nals con­tention.

Elect­ing to bat first at the Ray Fin­layson Sport­ing Com­plex, Lake View were in trou­ble early when their open­ers fell cheaply.

They slumped to 3-31 be­fore Umair Wa­heed (43) and Ash­ley Malec (12) stead­ied the side with a 53-run part­ner­ship. When Malec fell to the bowl­ing of Stephen Scally, in-form Lake View skip­per Josh Harper came to the crease need­ing to repli­cate his re­cent form to steer his side out of trou­ble. But Norths’ Jack Var­ian trapped Wa­heed in front be­fore claim­ing the wicket of Seth Mor­ton who only man­aged 3.

Harper fell for 17 and at 7-107 Lake View found them­selves in fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory. But a swash­buck­ling in­nings by No. 9 Prashan­thon Na­garaja (49) gave the bot­tom-ofthe-lad­der side a glim­mer of hope.

Play­ing in his first game for the club after mak­ing the move from Great Boul­der, Na­garaja flayed the ball to the bound­ary seven times be­fore he fell to a straight full toss.

Chas­ing 173 North Kal­go­or­lie stut­tered at the start and were 3-15.

But cap­tain-coach Trent Mais (72 not out) came to the crease after scor­ing 82 in his last out­ing.

Mais proved his last in­nings was not a one-off and he was joined by Nick Wil­lis (66no) play­ing his first game for the side this sea­son.

The pair’s 159-run part­ner­ship saw Norths cruise to a com­fort­able win with nearly 20 overs to spare.

North Kal­go­or­lie's Adam Hickey dur­ing A-grade cricket ac­tion against Lake View at Ray Fin­layson Sport­ing Com­plex.

Pic­tures: Tori O'Con­nor Ja­son Men­nell

Lake View's Umair Wa­heed.

North Kal­go­or­lie's An­gus Smil­lie.

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