Pegs Creek claim T20 final
A cool-headed bowling display has dug the Pegs Creek Crabs out of the mud to win the West Pilbara Cricket Association T20 by six runs over the Karratha Kats at the weekend.
The match looked all but over, with 13 needed off the last 12 balls and a rampaging Brayden Lee (29) and Geoff Spence (14no) at the crease.
Just two overs earlier, they needed 43 off the last 24 balls. Lee and Spence took up the challenge, blasting Nathan Hampson’s (0-18) sole over for 18 runs, followed by 12 more in the 18th over.
With the target now in reach, the Kats players on the sideline were on their feet, but disaster struck on the first ball of the penultimate over when Spence put the ball straight back down the ground.
Crabs’ paceman Jude Warnacula (0-22) got a touch on it and the ball went careening into the stumps with Lee well short of his crease. Warnacula held his nerve for the rest of the over, suffocating Spence on the crease for just two runs off the next five balls. The ball was handed to Christopher Derman (0/21) for the final over and he kept the pressure on.
Dermau kept it tidy to leave the Kats needing a six off the last ball to tie.
They failed to do so, handing the Crabs the T20 title for 2016.
Earlier in the night, it was the Crabs who struggled to find consistency with the bat.
On a slow outfield, good running between wickets was key.
Daniel Carse (56) got off to a steady start but his opening partner Grant Butler struggled to find the gaps, ultimately falling without troubling the score.
The tight tussle between bat and ball continued as no side managed to get completely on top of the other.
George Du Preez (2-21) was the pick of the bowlers, removing Hampson (31) as the Crabs looked to start upping the tempo.
Du Preez claimed the key wicket of Carse too, running him out near the end of the innings.
The Kats’ batsmen started in similar fashion, with boundaries hard to come by on the slow Millars Well surface. They were aided by some poor fielding, with keeper Butler dropping two simple skied balls at either end of the innings.
It didn’t matter in the end as the bowlers finished the job to leave the Kats stranded on 5-120
Jordan Perkusich was the pick of the Crabs’ bowlers with 2-18 off four overs.
Michael James just misses the top edge of Daniel Carse.
Daniel Carse clears the mid-wicket boundary.
Brendan Blizzard sends the ball down to Daniel Carse.
Crabs keeper Grant Butler drops a skied top edge from Paul Richards.