Ra­jput knock res­cues Lions

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Shamsher Singh.

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