Rec Club recovers to claim victory

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
Lachlan Smith bowls to Jacob Innamorati.
Camera IconLachlan Smith bowls to Jacob Innamorati. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr

A 43-run win gave the Rec Club their first points in the 40-over cricket competition last weekend.

Rec Club were sent in to bat first on their home ground and lost early wickets as Wickham’s pacemen heaped pressure on.

Brooke Ball claimed 3-25 while Lachlan Smith and Shane Edwards took two wickets each.

Jacob Innamorati nicks one behind.
Camera IconJacob Innamorati nicks one behind. Credit: Pilbara News

Having been set 154 to chase, Wickham quickly slumped to 3-29 before keeper Scott Atkinson (42no) dug his heels in.

While Atkinson provided stability on one end, it was a turnstile at the other as the Rec bowlers tore through the middle and tail end.

Wickham were bowled out for 111 in the 37th over.

Out at Windy Ridge, Dampier Taverners steamrolled Pegs Creek Crabs to record their first win for the 40-over season.

Rodney Jamieson punches the ball through covers.
Camera IconRodney Jamieson punches the ball through covers. Credit: Pilbara News

The Taverners opted to bat first and openers Adrian D’Cunha (47) and James O-Brien (13) looked steady as they pushed the score past 50.

Both fell in quick succession but Bradley Goes (24) and Michael Ainsbury (43) steadied the ship with a valuable 49-run partnership.

Both fell with the score on 120 and, seeing an inch, Crabs bowlers Sam O’Hare (3-39) and Ian Boxall (2-42) took a mile, claiming two more wickets to have the home side teetering at 5-122.

Brooke Ball appeals unsuccessfully after hitting Andrew Cohen on the pads.
Camera IconBrooke Ball appeals unsuccessfully after hitting Andrew Cohen on the pads. Credit: Pilbara News

With the match in the balance Andrew Lee (34) and Jayden Lagana (51) combined to steady the ship and help the Taverners on their way to 8-260.

The Crabs’ chase started well, with skipper Daniel Carse (47) and Grant Butler (20) putting the visitors on a firm footing.

The early work all came undone, however, as Daniel Harding (3-24), Michael Saunders (3-8), David Letts (2-57) and Reuben McCawley (1-1) knocked over the final eight batsmen for 17 runs.

The loss leaves the Crabs as the only team yet to record a win this season.

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