Lions top­ple Tav­ern­ers to re­gain pride

Pilbara News - - Sport - Lo­k­endra Ranawat

In the first game of round 7 of the West Pilbara Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion, the Lions hosted the Dampier Tav­ern­ers at Kar­ratha Leisure­plex in search of their first win af­ter four straight losses.

The Lions’ de­ci­sion to bat first did not go to plan as they lost Lo­k­endra Ranawat for four.

But opener Amol Virkar (24) and cap­tain Vi­pan Ra­jput (77) stead­ied the ship and Aziz Saghar’s 72 runs took the score past 200.

Then a late as­sault from Muham­mad Khan (42) helped the Lions reach 6-276.

In re­sponse, Tav­ern­ers started steadily on the back of opener Wayne Ritzema’s 47.

Adrian D’Zero (51) and Jake Leahy (58) kept the Lions on their toes and a late as­sault from Mar­cus O’Brien (43no) was the high­light of Dampier’s in­nings

But it was too much for the Tav­ern­ers to get in the end and the Lions won the game by 39 runs.

The sec­ond game was hosted by Wick­ham against Pegs Creek, with Wick­ham in all sorts of trou­ble af­ter win­ning the toss and bat­ting.

Bran­den Wright took key wick­ets early to have Wick­ham reel­ing at 3-16.

It was Michael James (64) and Liam Mead (27) who put on a part­ner­ship that helped Wick- ham re­group, which then al­lowed Craig Nunn to come in late and belt an un­beaten 54.

Need­ing 192 to win, Pegs Creek were never in the hunt af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing spell of bowl­ing from Brooke Ball, who ended up with fig­ures of 6-20.

At Bulgarra Oval, the Kats had a con­vinc­ing win over the Rec Club.

Kats bat­ted first and opener Henry Smith’s 88 an­chored the Kats’ com­mand­ing to­tal of 6-232.

In re­sponse, Rec Club lost open­ers An­drew Co­hen and Rod­ney Jamieson for ducks.

Af­ter a re­build to 3-100, some good spin bowl­ing from Ri­ley Ten­nant re­sulted in the Rec Club col­laps­ing to be all out for 138.

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