West Pilbara cricketers win regional comp
The West Pilbara Cricket Association travelled to Tom Price at the weekend for the North West Cup, which was held under the banner of the Pilbara Regional Cricket Board.
The WPCA won all three of its games against Newman, Tom Price and Port Hedland to claim the championship for the third consecutive year.
In the first game, which was played against host team the Fortescue Cricket Association side, WPCA lost the toss and were sent to field.
Shamsher Singh fired in his opening spell and took three quick wickets (3-8).
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Later in the innings team captain Michael James broke the back of Fortescue and folded them for 70 runs.
In response, Scott Atkinson got WPCA off to a fast start and scored a quick 27 runs.
James O’Brien top-scored with 30 and Michael Durrack scored seven runs to take WPCA home with 10 overs to spare.
In the second game, played against arch rivals Port Hedland, WPCA won the toss and opted to bat first. The decision didn’t look like the right one when WPCA lost two early wickets with the score on 10, but Corey Rutgers (51 runs) and Shane Edwards (58) had a partnership of more than 100 runs and took the score to 120.
Lachlan Smith and O’Brien’s handy efforts at the end got WPCA to 5-164.
In response, Port Hedland started poorly and lost three early wickets to Daniel Carse (3-14) and never recovered.
Hedland’s Chris Briody (15) and Ryan Ibbotson (35) offered some resistance in the middle but WPCA spinner Shazad Gondal struck in the middle over (2-10) and folded Port Hedland to under 100 runs.
In the last game of the competition, against Newman, WPCA won the toss and got off to a flyer, with Smith making a superb 114 runs in 52 balls and Rutgers scoring 43.
Smith played his shots to all around the ground and made a mockery of the Newman bowlers.
Singh scored a quick-fire 25 runs and James made 36, setting the target of 233 for Newman.
In response, Newman started poorly and lost both the openers in the first three overs.
Newman were all out for 142.
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