Borden and Douglas chase down St George’s
An unbeaten stand of 146 between Delyone Borden and Allan Douglas Jr led St David’s to an impressive victory over their neighbours yesterday.
St George’s posted what looked to be a challenging total of 199 but in the end St David’s comfortably reached their target in 34 overs, scoring 200 for three.
Coming together in the fourteenth over at 54 for three after medium-pace bowler Ben Phipps claimed the wickets of Ankoma Cannonier and captain Justin Pitcher with the fourth and sixth balls of his seventh over, Borden and Douglas played St George’s out of the game.
St David’s made use of home advantage after the match was switched to their ground because the wicket at Wellington Oval is still not ready.
After a tentative start against Phipps and Detroy Smith, Douglas grew in confidence and was brutal on the St George’s bowlers, smashing boundaries virtually at will as St David’s closed in on victory.
He won the match with another straight six on one knee off Mishael Paynter to finish on 93 not out.
Douglas survived a catch attempt on the long-off boundary after passing his 50 when Paynter caught the ball and held it for a couple of seconds before throwing it into the air as he tried to avoid carrying the ball over the boundary. The umpire Steven Douglas ruled that Paynter did not have control of the ball.
Douglas hit seven fours and nine sixes in the stand with Borden, who batted for the whole 173 minutes of St David’s innings, hitting 64 not out off 104 balls with seven fours and a six. Douglas faced just 62 balls.
“They showed their character today, we really needed a partnership and they pulled through for the team,” said captain Justin Pitcher, who departed on 54 after facing just two balls.
It was the first win of the season for St David’s who lost their opening match against Bailey’s Bay and then had their match last weekend with Western Stars halted by the rain.
“It was an important partnership from them, it boosts our confidence because of the bad start we had against Bay,” Pitcher added. “It feels good to get back the momentum. He [Douglas] was definitely my MVP, he even opened the bowling because I was injured.”
St George’s opted to bat but were soon in trouble at 26 for three before a stand of 77 for the fourth wicket between Temiko Wilson and stand-in captain Oronde Bascome brought up the hundred.
Wilson departed for a knock of 49 off 86 balls while Bascome scored 94 from 164 balls before he was stumped off a ball from Borden.
Bascome hit two fours and two sixes before he was last out in the 65th over of the innings.
Borden led the St David’s bowling with three for 37 from 14.2 overs after coming on as first-change. Douglas, sharing the new ball with Rudell Pitcher, claimed two for 19 and George O’Brien two for 21.
St David’s Ajuan Lamb scored 25 in an opening stand of 43 with Borden before departing in the eleventh over as St George’s got the breakthrough when Lamb was bowled by Smith.
Phipps finished with two for 48 while Smith took the other wicket.
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