Crabs grab thrilling win in round 8 of Karratha cricket

Lokendra RanawatPilbara News
Cricket in the Pilbara.
Camera IconCricket in the Pilbara. Credit: Pilbara News, Tom Zaunmayr

Round eight of the West Pilbara Cricket Association 40-over competition started disappointingly, with Rec Club and Kats forfeiting their matches to Wickham and Baynton respectively.

That left Peg’s Creek to host the Dampier Taverners in the only game of the round but the teams delivered a thriller.

Winning the toss and batting first, the Taverners got off to a steady start with Wayne Ritzema and James O’Brien putting on 52 before Ritzema was dismissed for 19.

O’Brien kicked on to another 53-run partnership with Daniel Harding and the Taverners were well placed at 2-105. However, his dismissal for 34 then started a steady procession of wickets.

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Jai Jeffries (2-16), Amit Shah (2-38) and Craig Ryan (2-40) all bowled well to get Peg’s Creek back into the contest. Harding kept the runs flowing at one end while steadily losing partners as the Taverners were dismissed early for 190.

After losing Ian Boxall early, the Crabs got to work with Christian Williams blazing a rapid 30 and Lachie Seabrook adding 44.

Jordan Perkusich and Branden Wright put on a 72-run partnership before Wright’s dismissal started a stunning collapse. Mark Saunders got the Taverners back into the game, taking 3-18.

With only two runs needed for victory and three wickets in hand, the Crabs again looked safe before Harding struck twice in two balls.

The Crabs eventually squeezed the two runs needed for a thrilling win.

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