Lions could be kings of cricket com­pe­ti­tion

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.”

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Cap­tain Lokendra Ranawat, right, and the Baynton Lions team.

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