Wick­ham way too good for the Tav­ern­ers

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Crabs pace­man Daniel Carse beats the out­side edge of Dayanand Gawade’s bat.

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