St David’s maintain pressure on leaders
Somerset Cricket Club (St David’s won toss):
St David’s (10pts) beat Bailey’s Bay by 28 runs
St David’s maintained the pressure on the Premier Division T20 leaders Southampton Rangers with a 28-run victory over Baileys Bay at Somerset Cricket Club yesterday.
With Rangers preserving their perfect record with a thrilling six-run over St George’s at Wellington Oval, it was imperative for St David’s to secure a third victory of the campaign and prevent their title rivals from opening up a 20-point cushion at the summit.
Having won the toss and opting to bat, St Davids got off to a worrying start losing openers McLaren Lowe (6) and Dean Simons (8) with the score at 43 for 2 after 6.2 overs played.
However, the introductions of Chare Smith and Ricardo Brangman proved crucial with the pair steadying the innings. Bay were made to rue a dropped catch of Smith early into his innings, while he also survived a dubious run out call with the umpires ignoring the vociferous claims from Bay.
Brangman (47) was the first of the pair to be dismissed, coming out on the wrong side of a close leg before claim from the bowling of Kyle Hodsoll, having helped take the score to 123 for three with a little under six overs remaining.
Having survived two big scares, Smith (48) finally faced the walk back to the pavilion, two short of his half-century, this time falling victim to a run-out going for a risky second single, just three deliveries later, with another five runs added to the total.
Brian Hall (10) came and went midway through the seventeenth over having added some useful runs to the total, while captain Justin Pitcher added a quickfire 19 from eleven balls including two sixes before becoming the third victim to the bowling of Hodsoll with the very last ball of the innings. Derrick Brangman was the last man standing on 7 not out as St Davids set a total of 171 for six from their allotted overs.
However, Bay were penalised a further six runs for a slow over rate offence, leaving them with a revised target of 178 for victory.
Fresh from his mammoth 129-run knock last week, Zeko Burgess began the reply in spectacular fashion, smashing the very first delivery for a six. However, there was to be no repeat of last week’s memorable knock as he was dismissed eight balls later, having added just a further run with the score at seven for one after two overs.
Captain Terryn Fray (31) and Coolidge Durham (31) both added valuable runs before being dismissed with the target still possible as the total stood at 82 for three after 12 overs.
However, wicketkeeper Jarryd Richardson (37 not out) was the only one to make a further substantial dent to the target with Ian Armstrong (14) and Shaquille Outerbridge (8) failing to make a big impression. Hodsoll finished on one run alongside Richardson as Bay ran out of overs still 29 runs short of their target.
D Simons c Fray b Jeffers 8
M Lowe b Hodsoll 6
C S Smith run out 48
†R Brangman lbw b KH Hodsoll 47
B Hall c Armstrong b Jeffers 10
D L Brangman not out 7
*J Pitcher b KH Hodsoll 19
Extras (w 15, nb 1, b 4, lb 6, pen 6) 32
Total (6 wkts; 20 overs) 177
A Paynter, C Outerbridge, I Smith, M DeSilva
Fall of Wicket: 1-20, 2-43, 3-123, 4-128, 5-141, 6-177
Bowling: Hodsoll 4-0-20-3; Burgess 4-0-35-0; Burgess 4-0-41-0; Durham 4-0-42-0; Jeffers 4-1-23-2
Z Burgess c S Roberts-Pitcher b Smith 7
C Durham b Brian Hall 31
*T F Fray c Lowe b Hall 31
†J Richardson not out 37
I Armstrong c M Lowe b J Pitcher 14
S Outerbridge b Caesar 8
K H Hodsoll not out 1
Extras (w 16, lb 4) 20
Total (5 wkts; 20 overs) 149
A Furbert, C J Jeffers, D Thomas, I Romaine
Fall of Wicket: 1-7, 2-62, 3-82, 4-106, 5-148
Bowling: Brangman 4-0-33-0; Smith 3-1-18-1; Pitcher 4-0-28-1; Outerbridge 2-0-14-0; Caesar 2-0-14-1; Hall 4-0-21-2; Paynter 1-0-17-0
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