Openers Taurean Williams and Matthew Christie powered the Miners to an eight-wicket win against the Lions on Friday night, their side’s first win of the 2021-22 35-over season. Promoted to the top of the order for the first time this season, Christie (50) made the most of his opportunity while, down the other end, Williams teed off for a better-than-run-a-ball 55. Hedland Lions tried everything to defend their 151-run target, cycling through nine bowlers with little success. The partnership reached 98 before Williams was castled by Hayden Walsh (1/24), and Christie fell soon after, but the damage was done. Skipper Razi Zain (25no) and keeper Izzy Kalzee (13no) guided the Miners to 2-155 with nine overs remaining to finally get some points on the board. The comfortable run chase was made possible by a dominant Miners bowling display at the start of the game. Having opted to bat first, the Lions lost both openers without troubling the score and soon found themselves teetering at 4/56. Strike bowler Daniel Lockley (2/13) was at his miserly best, registering four maidens in his seven-overs. There was some resistance by the Lions’ tail; Bhavesh Patel prodded and poked his way to 33 before being run out, and Gurpreet Singh Bamrah ended the innings on 30 not out. The result leaves the Miners, Lions and Wanderers on equal points with one win each, with the Miners and Wanderers to square off this Saturday night. In the Saturday game last weekend the all-conquering Port Hedland franchise bested South Hedland by 49 runs courtesy of another solid partnership between Kevin Johnston (66) and Chris Briody (57). The in-form duo came together for a 92-run second wicket stand to lead Port to 6/198. Jarrad O’Dea (4/18) then ripped through South’s batters, dislodging Wayne Stokes, Chris Bell, Patrick Miller and Zacharia Davies for ducks before Glen Robertson (3/24) heaped on more pain by accounting for the middle order. Souths Captain Tom Christides produced a defiant 88-run innings while wickets fell around him, and did find some support in a wagging tail. But it was far from enough as Port cleaned them up for 149 with three overs remaining.