Wallabies tame Lions in thriller Twenty20 final

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The Wickham Wallabies have won the West Pilbara Cricket Association’s Twenty20 season.
Camera IconThe Wickham Wallabies have won the West Pilbara Cricket Association’s Twenty20 season. Credit: WPCA

The Wickham Wallabies won the West Pilbara Cricket Association’s Twenty20 grand final over the Baynton Lions in a last-over thriller on Friday.

The Wallabies won the toss and elected to bowl.

The Lions got off to a good start thanks to openers Lokendra Ranawat (29) and Muhammad Khan (16).

But the Wallabies were able to claw back thanks to wickets to Brooke Ball (2-25) and Daniel Carse (2-27) to leave the Lions at 4-68.

Aziz Saghar (23) and Jignesh Patel (11) were able to steady the Lions, but when Shane Edwards (1-15) and Michael Bunting (2-16) were able to strike, it ended the momentum the team had as they ended their innings on 9-115.

The Wallabies’ innings got off to a bad start, losing Shane Edwards (9) and Brayden Reynolds (2) to Shamsher Singh (2-29) to leave the team at 2 -23.

A 43-run partnership between Carse (30) and Brad Rixom (21) put the Wallabies in the box seat but when Shazad Gondal (1-17) and Aziz Saghar (2-15) stepped up, it left the Wallabies reeling at 5-80.

This brought Bunting (33no) and Jade Johnson (11no) to the crease needing 35 runs off the last five overs. After some tight bowling from the Lions, the Wallabies were left needing 25 off the last 16 balls.

Bunting was then able to land some big blows to hit 21 runs off the next nine balls he faced to see the Wallabies home with two balls to spare.

Bunting was named player of the final.

The Wallabies’ grand final win capped off a remarkable season for the the side, which was undefeated for the season and won both the 40-over and Twenty20 competitions.

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