Wickham way too good for the Taverners
Wickham have moved to the top of West Pilbara cricket’s 40-over table with a comfortable 43-run win over the Dampier Taverners.
The home side chose to bat first and reached 131 before being bowled out in the 37th over.
Scott Stuart (5-15) starred with the ball for the Taverners and was well backed up by Mark Saunders (3-22).
The Taverners’ batsmen failed to fire and quickly found themselves in a tricky situation at 4-24 with their top three batsmen all back in the pavilion.
It didn’t get much better from there as the middle order failed to form any partnerships.
Bradley Goes (20) top scored but was run out trying to boost the run rate. The Taverners finished on 88.
At the Leisureplex, a close game between the Baynton Lions and Pegs Creek Crabs went to the Crabs by a 12-run margin.
The Crabs were bowled out for 121 in the 26th over.
Nilesh Patel (3-18), Dayanand Gawade (2-17) and Ali Hassan (2-13) all stepped up with the ball for the Lions.
Bouyed by an early finish to the first innings, the life was quickly sucked out of the Lions’ camp as their top three batsmen departed without troubling the scoreboard.
Things got worse when Gayan Wijesingha departed at 4-16.
Master blaster Muhammad Khan (29) toned back his usual brash swinging style as he looked to get the innings back on track.
His efforts were helped along by the Crabs who recorded 38 extras, mostly through byes and wides.
Khan’s wicket at 5-63 sparked a small middle-order collapse, which the recovery effort as the Lions slumped to 7-72.
Things started to look up again when skipper Lokendra Ranawat (10) joined Ishan Arandara (25) at the crease. The pair pushed the score beyond 100 but both departed soon after.
Tailenders Shamsher Singh and Pragnesh Shah couldn’t finish the job.
Singh was the last wicket to fall, with the score at 109, in the 29th over.
The Karratha Kats and Rec Club game results had not been submitted by time of print.
This weekend will the Rec Club and Wickham square off at Bulgarra Oval.
The Lions will take on the Taverners at the Leisureplex and Kats will face the Crabs at Millars Well.
Crabs paceman Daniel Carse beats the outside edge of Dayanand Gawade’s bat.