Cricket

Cen­tury pride for the Lions

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A se­cond con­sec­u­tive cen­tury from Bayn­ton Lions star Muham­mad Khan was not enough to push his side over the line against the Rec Club at the week­end, fall­ing short with three overs left.

The Lions won the toss and sent Rec Club in to bat on the Leisure­plex oval.

They started well, re­mov­ing Stan Begg and Mark Spencer cheaply.

Brendan Kuiper stuck around for a ca­reer-high 64, but it was a 113-run stand be­tween middle-or­der pair Luke Bre­man (60 not out) and Steve Boyce (40) that helped the Rec­cers to a bet­ter than a run a ball 6-249.

With ball in hand, the Rec Club tore through the top or­der with lit­tle fuss, hav­ing the Lions on the ropes at 3-17.

That brought the 155-run hero of the pre­vi­ous match, Khan, to the crease and with Nilesh Pa­tel (30) they looked to turn the tide of the match with a 120-run part­ner­ship.

Spencer even­tu­ally made the break­through, pro­vok­ing a thick edge from Pa­tel that flew to point.

From there, the rest of the or­der failed to fire as Khan kept the run rate tick­ing over down the other end.

When Khan was dis­missed for 120 with the Lions need­ing 48 from as many balls their hopes sunk, as the last few bats­men de­parted cheaply to be all out for 221.

At Millars Well, it was an­other cen­tu­rion in Corey Rut­gers (114) who guided the Kar­ratha Kats to a 116-run win over Wick­ham.

Rut­gers was the an­chor in two big part­ner­ships at the top of the or­der as the Kats piled on 250.

In re­ply, Craig Nunn (33) put up a bit of re­sis­tance, but Wick­ham were bowled out for 134 in the 35th over.

The Dampier Tav­ern­ers notched their se­cond win in a row with a con­vinc­ing 97-run vic­tory over Pegs Creek.

With two rounds to go, the Kats and Rec Club look safe up the top of the lad­der, while the rest of the teams are all still in the mix for the fi­nal two spots.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Muham­mad Khan goes for a heave through the mid-on area.

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