Peg’s Creek Crabs defeat Rec Club to consolidate top two position
Round 5 action in the West Pilbara Cricket Association 40-over competition saw the Peg’s Creek Crabs host the Rec Club at the Leisureplex, with both teams looking to continue their strong form after big wins last week.
The Rec Club won the toss and chose to bat first, with opener Brendan Kuiper getting them off to a fast start, clearing the boundary at will on the way to a quick fire 29.
From there, it was all downhill, a steady procession of wickets seeing the Rec Club all out for 95.
Matt Smith was the main destroyer for the Crabs, taking 5/21 while Rahul Kesavan also took 3/25.
Pegs Creek put the foot down in the run chase, trying to boost their net run rate with a big win.
The risky approach allowed Muhammad Uzair, 2/23, to take a couple of early wickets for the Rec Club, while Branden Wright hit a brisk 20 for the Crabs.
But it was in-form star Lachlan Seabrook who stole the show with an entertaining 61 not-out off just 45 balls, including a towering six into the carpark to finish the match.
Seabrook took his season average to 101 with that knock, having passed 50 in every innings so far.
Wickham put their undefeated record on the line when they hosted the Baynton Lions, winning the toss and batting first.
Wickham struggled to build any momentum and finished their 40 overs at 7/165, their lowest score of the season so far.
It was an even bowling performance for the Lions, with Ajesh Mallipeddi taking 2/11 and spinner Shehzad Gondal taking 2/27.
The Lions were bundled out for 81 with only Amritpal Singh (17) and Aziz Saghar (13) getting into double figures.
The final game of the round saw the Karratha Kats unable to field a side, handing a win to the Dampier Taverners by forfeit.
With every team having played each other once, Wickham and Peg’s Creek have established themselves in the top two and the remaining teams are fighting it out in a close tussle for finals spots.
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