Bay look to continue strong start
Bailey’s Bay will look to keep their Twenty20 title defence on track when they face a Western Stars side including their former player Tre Manders in the Championship quarter-finals tomorrow.
Bay are unbeaten in this year’s competition and have looked every bit like the champions so far.
“We have been playing pretty decent cricket and have been giving everybody a chance to bat and bowl,” said Irving Romaine, whose team enjoyed a 62-run home win over Devonshire Recreation Club in their final group match. “We’re just getting our feet wet playing cricket again.”
Stars suffered their first loss to last year’s runners-up Southampton Rangers in the final round of group matches and will now look to bounce back against holders Bay at Sea Breeze Oval.
Elsewhere, unbeaten Rangers are home to St George’s in their Championship flight quarter-final and are still without player-coach Janeiro Tucker who is recovering from shoulder surgery.
The home side will enter the match as favourites but can ill afford to take anything for granted against a St George’s side boasting potential match-winners in Macai Simmons and player-coach Ryan Steede.
The remaining Championship flight quarter-finals will be held in the East End at Lord’s between two unbeaten sides in St David’s and PHC. Cleveland County, also undefeated, will play against Somerset Cricket Club.
PHC advanced to the Championship flight quarter-finals despite not winning a group match after Willow Cuts were docked the points for fielding an ineligible player in their 41-run win over their Western Counties rivals at Somerset.
Tomorrow’s Plate flight quarter-finals will pit Devonshire Recreation Club against Warwick Workmen’s Club at Southampton Oval, Flatts face Tuff Dogs at Sea Breeze Oval, Willow Cuts meet North Village at Somerset while Somerset Bridge have a bye.
The winners of tomorrow’s matches will advance to the semi-finals to be held on Sunday at Lord’s and Somerset Cricket Club.
The Championship and Plate finals will be held May 28 at Sea Breeze Oval.
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