Team efforts gets Lions a win over Taverners

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Cricket in the Pilbara.
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The West Pilbara Cricket Association’s Twenty20 competition resumed last weekend, with teams meeting in round 5.

Dampier Taverners hosted Baynton Lions at Windy Ridge Oval last Saturday, hoping to keep their finals hopes alive.

Dampier won the toss and sent the visitors in to bat.

A steady flow of wickets and a slow outfield kept Baynton from building momentum.

Some late hitting from Aziz Saghar (22) and Jignesh Patel (24) got them to a respectable 8-117 off their 20 overs.

Marcus O’Brien was the pick of the bowlers with 2-12 off his four overs, while James O’Brien took 2-19. The Taverners then lost two wickets in their first over and faced an uphill battle from there.

O’Brien backed up his bowling efforts with a steady 22 to anchor the innings, while Wayne Ritzema hit an unbeaten 25 at the end to get them close, ultimately falling eight runs short at 7-110.

Sanjay Yadav led the Lions’ bowlers with 2-16, while Saghar capped off a strong all-round performance with a miserly 1-7 off his four overs.

Baynton are now locked in for a semifinal spot, while Dampier will have to win their remaining two games and hope other results go their way.

Also on Friday, Wickham and the Pegs Creek Crabs faced off on Wickham Oval on a steamy night

Wickham won the toss and elected to bat. The team got off to a flyer, with Scott Atkinson (26 off 16) and Brayden Reynolds (63 off 47) putting Wickham in a strong position early.

An inspired spell of bowling from Craig Ryan (3-14 off four overs) slowed Wickham’s innings but a late onslaught from Brad Rixom (53 off 23) gave Wickham a respectable score of 8-169 off their 20 overs.

Pegs Creek heavy hitter Lachlan Seabrook got off to a flyer, but when he was dismissed for 21 off 14 balls, the team never recovered.

Contributions from M Smith (21) and C Ryan (22) got the Crabs to a score of 112.

Best bowlers for Wickham were Michael Bunting (3-25), and Beau Tann (2-6).

In the third game of the night, Karratha Kats defeated Rec Club at Millars Well Oval.

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