Big hitter

Re­turn to form for Lions’ weapon

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A re­turn to form for mas­ter blaster Muham­mad Khan guided the Bayn­ton Lions to their first win of the sea­son over the Pegs Creek Crabs at the week­end.

Hav­ing re­turned scores of 29, 27, 0 and 2 so far in the 40-over sea­son, Khan made a de­struc­tive re­turn to form at the Leisure­plex, belt­ing 84 runs in hu­mid con­di­tions on Satur­day night.

The keeper-bast­man came in with his side in trou­ble, hav­ing lost 3-26, and bat­ted well with the mid­dle or­der to steady the ship.

Crabs bowler Craig Ryan (3-40) took three early wick­ets to gain the up­per hand, but Khan’s heavy hitting and a late cameo from IS Aran­dara (36) helped build a com­pet­i­tive 217-run tar­get.

The Crabs got off to a good start as open­ers Grant But­ler (30) and Daniel Carse (8) looked to get things mov­ing quickly.

That ag­gres­sive mind­set proved their un­do­ing though, as But­ler fell to a su­perb out­field catch, then Carse fol­lowed af­ter nick­ing one be­hind off San­jay Ya­dav (3-43).

The fi­nal three wick­ets fell cheaply to see the Crabs all out for 170 in the 37th over.

Shazhad Gon­dal recorded his best bowl­ing fig­ures of 4-28.

It was a sim­i­lar script for the Dampier Tav­ern­ers, who de­feated Wick­ham at Windy Ridge thanks to an un­de­feated third-wicket part­ner­ship.

Wick­ham won the toss and opted to bat first, set­ting 172 off their 40 overs.

James O’Brien claimed 3-15 in his first 40-over match, while Daniel Hard­ing (2-22) and David Letts (2-29) bagged two wick­ets each.

Af­ter los­ing their first two wick­ets for 42, Bradley Goes (63no) was joined at the crease by skip­per Nathaniel Kett (59no).

The pair piled on 131 to take the match in­side 32 overs.

Wick­ham’s loss means the Kar­ratha Kats hold on at the top of the ta­ble.

The Kats de­fended 213 against the Rec Club in a 20-over match.

Pic­tures: Tom Zaun­mayr

Muham­mad Khan was back at his de­struc­tive best on the way to 84 for the Lions.

IS Aran­dara nabs an over­head catch to dis­miss Crabs opener Grant But­ler.

Pegs Creek Crabs spin­ner Daniel Carse.

Crabs’ first drop Jor­dan Perku­sich looks to hit Lo­k­endra Ranawat through the cov­ers.

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