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.

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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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