Rangers out to move step closer to title
Southampton Rangers will be looking to move a step closer to the Twenty20 title when they meet Flatts tomorrow at Lord’s.
Rangers hold a five-point lead over Bailey’s Bay in the Premier Division, with just three games remaining. Tomorrow’s games will be decisive as Bay will play defending champions St David’s, who trail the leaders by 15 points.
Rangers, who play Cleveland and St George’s in their final two matches, have won five of their seven matches in the competition so far, with a loss and a rainout result. That loss to Cleveland is the biggest shock in the T20 this season, though Rangers rebounded from that setback by beating both St David’s and Bay to remain favourites for the title.
“We’ve just got to play the games as they come,” said veteran Janeiro Tucker, who is in his first season as player-coach at Rangers. “We’ll prepare for Flatts and deal with the next game afterwards.
“Everybody knows what I expect, they know what I want. Everyone is working together, not just in the cricket, but also off the field.”
A St David’s win over Bay would enable Rangers to widen their gap over the other main title contenders. St David’s will have revenge on their minds after that nine-wicket loss to Bay who easily chased down the 122 for victory, with Coolidge Durham (62) and Rodney Trott (50 not out) putting on 120 for the first wicket.
“If St David’s beat them, it makes it a bit easier,” Tucker added. “That’s going to be a hard game, but we need to do our business and let that take care of itself.”
At the other end of the table Cleveland meet bottom team St George’s at Wellington Oval. All the matches will start at 11am.
?? There are no Twenty20 First Division matches scheduled for this weekend as those teams will be involved in 50-overs matches tomorrow.
Willow Cuts play Western Stars at Somerset, Somerset Bridge host Devonshire Rec at White Hill Field and PHC host Somerset at PHC Field.
? The BCB will be hosting the Bahamas National team on a five-match tour from July 25 to 28. White Hill Field and the National Sports Centre will also host matches in the ICC Men’s T20 Americas World Cup Qualifiers from August 18 to 25 involving Bermuda, Canada, the United States and Cayman Islands.