Lions could be kings of cricket competition
The newest cricket team in Karratha is already making an impression on the West Pilbara Cricket competition with two wins on the trot and the leading wicket-taker in the league.
The Baynton Lions formed this season from a group of mates playing casually in their spare time.
Captain Lokendra Ranawat said they started out playing with an indoor cricket ball at St Luke’s College, but it grew quickly from there.
“We started booking a ground every Friday because we had 20odd guys coming out and eventually we decided why not just put a team in the competition,” he said.
“WPCA supported us really well to explain how everything works and Lionhire came on board to sponsor us.”
With eight wickets to his name, paceman Shamsher Singh is head and shoulders above the pack as the leading wicket-taker this season. Sanjay Yadav sits in fourth spot with four scalps to his name.
With just two batsmen averaging above 20 though, Ranawat admitted their batting still needed work.
“We planned that if we concentrated on our bowling which is the main strength of our team, that would get us through,” he said.
“People have said Shamsher (Singh) is one of the best in the competition. We have good batsmen as well but we just need to work on getting the basics right.”
Captain Lokendra Ranawat, right, and the Baynton Lions team.