Super Seabrook helps Crabs to win over Lions

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Lachlan Seabrook helps the ball along behind square leg.
Camera IconLachlan Seabrook helps the ball along behind square leg. Credit: Pilbara News

A second-straight T20 century from Lachlan Seabrook and three-wicket haul from Alex Fitzmaurice helped Pegs Creek Crabs to a 25-run win over Baynton Lions last weekend.

After turning on the fireworks at the recent Country Cup, Crabs openers Daniel Carse (13) and Grant Butler (16) were key wickets for the Lions’ bowlers. There was jubilation as both fell early — caught Lokendra Ranawat and bowled Shamsher Singh — to lofted shots down the off side.

Alex Fitzmaurice charges in to bowl for the Crabs.
Camera IconAlex Fitzmaurice charges in to bowl for the Crabs. Credit: Pilbara News

Seabrook came to the crease with the Crabs at 1-15 and began getting on top of the bowlers from the get-go.

As was the case in his first-round 124 not out, Seabrook found plenty of gaps through and over the off side field on his way to a career-best 129no.

Lachlan Seabrook punches the ball through covers.
Camera IconLachlan Seabrook punches the ball through covers. Credit: Pilbara News, Tom Zaunmayr

Wickets continued to fall down the other end, with Singh claiming 4-15, but Seabrook’s efforts steered the Crabs to 9-191.

The Lions got off to a poor start in response, losing 4-20 courtesy of some quality line and length bowling from Fitzmaurice (3-26) and Carse (1-6).

Lokendra Ranawat charges in from the highway end in Baynton.
Camera IconLokendra Ranawat charges in from the highway end in Baynton. Credit: Pilbara News

The middle order managed to pick up some momentum, but time was against them as six overs had already been soaked up with little reward.

Jignesh Patel (32no) and Singh (31no) kept at it, but could not lift the run rate.

Grant Butler hoists Lokendra Ranawat back over mid off.
Camera IconGrant Butler hoists Lokendra Ranawat back over mid off. Credit: Pilbara News

The Lions ended the night at 6-166.

Out at Windy Ridge, Dampier Taverners cruised to a seven-wicket win over Karratha Kats.

Lachlan Seabrook cuts through point.
Camera IconLachlan Seabrook cuts through point. Credit: Pilbara News

The Kats struggled to 8-129, hindered by a tight 4-19 spell from James O’Brien.

Skipper Matthew Ainsbury then guided the home side across the finish line with a classy 61no.

Dayanand Gawade gets on the front foot.
Camera IconDayanand Gawade gets on the front foot. Credit: Pilbara News

At Bulgarra, Rec Club just held on for a five-wicket win over Wickham. The Reccers were bowled out for 84, with Wickham’s Nicholas Lewis picking up 5-15.

Needing a perfect bowling and fielding effort, the home side delivered, as Wickham struggled for momentum.

Alex Fitzmaurice clean bowls VK Rajput.
Camera IconAlex Fitzmaurice clean bowls VK Rajput. Credit: Pilbara News

Scott Atkinson top-scored with 37, but the Warriors could only manage 5-83 off 20 overs.

The weekend results mean every team except the Kats sits on one win each.

Lokendra Ranawat and Shamsher Singh celebrate after dismissing danger man Daniel Carse, caught at mid off.
Camera IconLokendra Ranawat and Shamsher Singh celebrate after dismissing danger man Daniel Carse, caught at mid off. Credit: Pilbara News

Taverners and Crabs will face off at Windy Ridge this weekend and Wickham will travel to Millars Well to face the Kats.

The Lions will take on Rec Club in Baynton.

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