Wickham and Kats triumph in cricket semi-finals

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Karratha Kats’ Geoff Spence chases the ball.
Camera IconKarratha Kats’ Geoff Spence chases the ball. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

The West Pilbara Cricket Association’s 40-over competition moved into semifinals at the weekend, with unbeaten Wickham hosting the Baynton Lions while the Peg’s Creek Crabs hosted defending champions the Karratha Kats.

It was a low-scoring affair in Wickham, with the hosts bowling Baynton out for 117 in 36 overs.

Captain Vipan Rajput top-scored with 32, while Sanjay Yadav contributed 28.

Wickham made quick work of the run chase, reaching 6-118 in the 27th over with an even contribution from all batters.

Shehzad Gondal took 2-29 for Baynton.

The second match at the Leisureplex was a much higher-scoring game, in which the Kats posted a record 5-307 off their 40 overs, led by 88 from Patrick Richards and 74 from Mitch Inglis.

Jordan Perkusich took three wickets for the Crabs.

Star batsman Lachlan Seabrook was dismissed early in the run chase, leaving too much for the rest to do.

Perkusich backed up his bowling efforts, top-scoring with 82, while opener Christian Williams hit a blazing 43 off 27 balls.

Peg’s Creek were eventually bowled out for 242.

Next week’s grand final will see a rematch from last year.

Undefeated Wickham is out to avenge last year’s grand final loss, while the Kats are aiming for their fourth title in a row.

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