Finals berth hopes dim for Lake View
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.
Lake View's Umair Waheed.
North Kalgoorlie's Angus Smillie.