Rajput knock rescues Lions
A team-first half-century has helped the Baynton Lions to the top of the table and a finals showdown with the Karratha Kats at the Leisureplex this Friday.
The Lions posted their highest total of 9-142 before bowling the Dampier Taverners out with 22 to spare in the final over.
VK Rajput was on fire, knocking the Taverners bowlers around the park for what would prove to be a match-winning 51 of 39 balls.
Earlier, openers Anil Sharma (23) and Amritpal Singh (9) got the Lions off to a steady start, putting 21 on the board before Nathaniel Kett (1-23) snared the breakthrough.
Rajput came in at 4-67 and went about boosting the run rate with six fours and a six.
The Taverners had better luck down the other end of the wicket, removing the rest of the middle and lower order for single-digit scores.
Rajput was eventually clean bowled by Brett Singh (2-20) after posting his half-century. The Taverners’ run chase started well with a 40-run opening partnership setting a solid foundation.
After starring with the bat, Rajput (2-15) then dismissed opener Paul Rowe (20) and first-drop Kett (4).
From there Dampier couldn’t get any consistency as the Lions piled on the pressure.
Sanjay Yadav (3-23) and Shazad Gondal (3-13) led the bowling charge to have their opposition all out for 120 with two balls to spare.
The Lions will now face the only team to beat them, the Kats, for the Twenty20 cup.