Crabs record first win of 40-over season

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The Pegs Creek Crabs have cracked their duck with a 56-run win over the Baynton Lions at the Leisureplex last weekend.

The Crabs opted to bat first on a muggy Karratha evening and, one early wicket aside, looked the goods as opener Daniel Carse (80) and Luke Seabrook (46) built the foundations.

The pair went at more than a run a ball, taking the score beyond 100 before Seabrook came unstuck off the bowling of Shamsher Singh (1-53).

Jordan Perkusich (50) and Grant Butler (67) both kept the run rate ticking over as the Crabs passed 200 for the first time this season.

There was some late reprieve for the Lions when Ishan Arandara (2-60) dismissed Perkusich and Sam O’Hare (4) in quick succession.

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Three more quick wickets limited the damage, as the Crabs ended their 40 overs on 8-285.

The Lions got off to a good start but lost wickets in clusters throughout their innings.

Openers Gayan Wijesingha (24) and VK Rajput (9) fell within a few overs of each other.

After a solid period of batting, the Lions lost 4-18 in the middle overs as they sought runs to keep the run rate in check.

Jignesh Patel was removed by Craig Ryan (3-40) for 64 and the big-hitting Muhammad Khan fell soon after, caught and bowled by Daniel Di Crescenzo (1-56) for 30.

The tail was wrapped up by Branden Wright (3-19) to leave the Lions short on 229 in the 39th over.

The Rec Club moved up the table after a five-wicket win over the Dampier Taverners at Bulgarra.

The Taverners batted first and put 162 runs on the board, led by 45 from opener Michael Saunders. In response, the Rec Club looked comfortable but left it late to chase down the total.

The home side reached the target in the 38th over.

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