Clubs name their Cup Match teams

Jason Anderson won the battle to keep wicket, Damali Bell has been handed his first Cup Match start and Chris Foggo missed out altogether as St George’s named a strong team for this week’s Classic at Wellington Oval.

Somerset have also picked a strong XI, naming four seam bowlers, with Kevin Hurdle returning to the side alongside Malachi Jones, newcomer Kamau Leverock and Jacobi Robinson, as they look to win in the East for the first time since 1981.

Terryn Fray and Dion Stovell both scored hundreds in the challengers’ final trial and are part of a team that doesn’t include Chris Douglas or Jordan DeSilva.

Bell meanwhile has been selected as part of a three-pronged pace attack alongside Stefan Kelly and Justin Pitcher, with George O’Brien missing out. Bailey’s Bay quick Lateef Trott is named among the reserves, as are Onais Bascome, younger brother of skipper Oronde, and Shae Pitcher.

Anderson, who scored 65 in yesterday’s final trial match, gets the nod over Christian Burgess, who was left out in favour of the extra seamer, while Foggo, another potential wicketkeeper, dropped himself after failing to turn up for the game.

Overall the holders have named a strong team, with ten of their starting 11 having represented Bermuda in the past 12 months.

Allan Douglas Jnr is the only one of the 11 to not play for Bermuda in that time, but his half-century yesterday was another fine innings to follow on from his impressive knock in the Eastern County Cup last weekend.

Cup Match teams

St George’s: Oronde Bascome (capt), Jason Anderson, Damali Bell, Delyone Borden, Lionel Cann, Fiqre Crockwell, Allan Douglas Jnr, Stefan Kelly, Justin Pitcher, Oliver Pitcher, Rodney Trott. Reserves: Onais Bascome, Shae Pitcher, Lateef Trott.

Somerset: Jekon Edness (capt), S Outerbridge (v capt), D Stovell, T Fray, J Tucker, D Darrell, M Jones, J Gilbert, K Leverock, K Hurdle, J Robinson. Reserves: Kamel Easton, Shaquille Jones, Tre Manders.

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