Pegs Creek claim T20 fi­nal

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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