Rec Club power into finals

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
Rec Club power into finals
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The Rec Club have rolled into the West Pilbara cricket finals in hot form, with a 96-run victory against Wickham securing them top spot on the table.

In what was their third win on the trot, openers Luke Brennan (26) and Stan Begg (30) built a solid foundation for the Reccy boys.

Though there were no standout scores, middle order contributions from Steve Boyce (46), Wayne Hourquebie (33) and Shane Miles (20 not out) saw the Rec Club post 5-207.

Nicholas Lewis (2-36) was the pick of the bowlers for Wickham, picking up the key wickets of Begg and Hourquebie.

In reply, Wickham lost 2-17 in the opening overs

Lachlan Smith (17) and Josh Saylor (24) looked to put the innings back on track but were both undone in quick succession by Rec Club bowling pair Miles (2-23) and Sanjay Yadav (2-25).

From 4-61, Wickham folded for 111, with Richard Anderson (3-21) claiming the final two wickets.

The Karratha Kats snuck into second place on percentage over Dampier after a blistering all-round performance from Nino Sturgeon helped them relegate the Pegs Creek Crabs to fourth with a 21-run victory.

The Kats scored a modest 9-162, bolstered by a career-best knock from Sturgeon (47) and defiant innings from skipper Craig Ford (32).

Keiran Sullivan (3-31) and Paul Marion (3-34) both took three wickets to set up a competitive match.

But both were outdone by man-on-a-mission Sturgeon (5-44), whose red-hot form with the bat was bettered by a career-best bowling performance, claiming each of the top five batsmen, including clean bowling the top three.

Warwick Durack (3-13) did the damage with the ball at the tail end of the innings, keeping it tight to prevent the Crabs from blasting their way to an unlikely victory in the final overs.

The Dampier Taverners held on to third spot despite losing to Nickol Spaniards at Windy Ridge.

The Spaniards needed a big win and other results to go their way to sneak into the finals, but the Kats did not put enough runs on against the Crabs and they could not get a big enough margin against the Taverners themselves.

It looked like it would be a comfortable victory for the Taverners after Jake Leahy (68) and Mark Saunders (97) both posted career-best scores in a 165-run stand to help the home side to 9-255.

Spaniards openers Matthew Nowotny (51) and Corey Rutgers (127) stepped up though, with Rutgers bringing the Spaniards home with two overs to spare and five wickets in hand.

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