Kats, Wickham end 40-over cricket season on top

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The Karratha Kats have finished on top of the 40-over cricket ladder for the third year running after downing the Dampier Taverners by 89 runs in the final round.

The Kats posted 4-240 after opting to bat first, led by an unbeaten 56 from Michael James.

Taverners openers Adrian D’Zero (31) and Matthew Ainsbury (31) made a promising start but 0-48 quickly turned into 4-64.

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The Taverners couldn’t recover, falling for 151 in the 38th over. Brad Pownell was the pick of the bowlers for the Kats, claiming 3-26.

Out at the Leisureplex the Wickham Warriors secured second spot with a five-wicket win over the Baynton Lions.

Needing a win and other results to go their way, the Lions got off to a poor start, losing 2-11 early.

Brooke Ball gets into his delivery stride.
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Jignesh Patel (16) and Amol Virkar (30) slowed the game down with a patient partnership but struggled to trouble the score.

Opening bowlers Craig Nunn (2-26) and Brooke Ball (1-37) were asking plenty of questions of the Lions’ batsmen.

Quality line-and-length bowling from Shane Edwards (4-19) tore through the middle order, leaving the Lions’ season in the lurch.

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A firey cameo from Sanjay Yadav (60no) proved the saving grace for the Lions, helping them to 9-192 in a 54-run final-wicket stand. In response, Wickham were made to work for the win, with the Lions’ bowlers throwing everything at trying to save their season.

It wasn’t enough though, as Wickham reached the target with eight balls to spare.

Out at Bulgarra the Rec Club filled the last spot on the finals card despite going down to the Pegs Creek Crabs.

Jignesh Patel cops an awkward bouncer from Craig Nunn.
Camera IconJignesh Patel cops an awkward bouncer from Craig Nunn. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr.

The Rec Club posted 8-125 on their home ground, a competitive total on what has been a very low-scoring field all season.

Having struggled all season, the Crabs franked the form which saw them win the T20 title to cruise to 7-126 off 19.5 overs.

Crabs batsman Daniel Carse finished the regular season on top of the run-scorers list with 387 at an average of 55.29.

Carse also led the bowlers list, claiming nine wickets at an average of 15.56.

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