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Robinson stars with bat and ball

Somerset Cricket Club (St David’s won toss):

St David’s (10pts) beat Somerset won by 38 runs

Sammy Robinson produced a fine all-round display with the bat and ball to guide St David’s to a 38-run victory over Somerset Cricket Club in a low-scoring Premier Division Twenty20 match yesterday.

The 44-year-old scored a team high 31 from 42 balls, including a four and six, and then returned figures of two for seven with his off spin to keep Somerset’s batsmen under wraps in their reply.

“It was a little difficult batting out there; the ball wasn’t coming on,” Robinson said. “It wasn’t easy trying to play my shots, but I stuck in and got it done.”

Robinson was brought into the bowling attack as fourth change and was more than equal to task, claiming wickets in both of the two overs he sent down from the southern end of the ground.

“We kept them under pressure by keeping the dot balls going,” he added. “The pressure was building and then the odd wicket here and there built more pressure so it was good.”

The opening batsman featured in three meaningful partnerships that laid the foundation for the visiting side’s total of 127 for five after they elected to take first strike.

Robinson added 21 for the first wickets with McLaren Lowe, 22 for the second wicket with OJ Pitcher and 27 for the third with St David’s debutant Derrick Brangman, who scored 28. Robinson survived a chance off the bowling of Jordan DeSilva, the Somerset captain, in the fourteenth over after the fielder at mid-off lost sight of the ball in the sun.

However, Robinson’s luck ran out the next over as he was caught deep by Chris Douglas off the bowling of Isaiah Richardson trying to accelerate the run rate.

Robinson’s dismissal left St David’s in a spot of bother at 70 for three with less than 30 balls remaining in the innings.

However, Somerset failed to capitalise and through a combination of wayward bowling and poor fielding let their opponents off the hook.

Justin Pitcher, the St David’s captain, and Brangman produced a timely and vital 45-run partnership for the fourth wicket which ultimately put the match beyond the reach of Somerset.

Pitcher hit two fours and six during his unbeaten knock of 21 from 18 balls while Brangman’s 29-ball innings contained a four and two sixes.

Isaiah Richardson was the pick of the Somerset bowling with two for 37. Despite conceding 24 extras, which included 17 wides, Somerset’s chances of victory seemed good when they took to the crease.

However, they were pegged back early when openers Douglas and Jade Morrissey were both dismissed in the third over without any addition to the total.

Douglas was brilliantly run out for three by Justin Pitcher’s one-handed throw at the stumps at the non-striker’s end attempting a single that was never on while Morrissey was trapped leg before by seam bowler Sheldon Caesar for six.

Alje Richardson and Dalin Richardson steadied the ship via a 29-run third-wicket stand but struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over against a disciplined St David’s bowling attack backed up by some excellent fielding.

Somerset were 36 for three at the halfway stage of their innings and with pressure mounting lost three additional wickets trying to force the issue as the visiting side tightened their grip on the match.

Captain DeSilva was bowled attempting to flick a OJ Pitcher delivery down the legside, Greg Maybury was caught at short mid-wicket off the bowling of Robinson after being promoted up the order while Alje Richardson’s 41-ball knock ended when he was bowled by Robinson playing across the line.

At 66 for six, Somerset were staring down the barrel of defeat which was confirmed after the overs ran out with the home side well short of their target despite an unbroken 23-run partnership between Jerez Eve and Isiah Richardson.

“I thought our total was 30-40 runs short,” Robinson said. “They have some promising batsmen in Chris, Dalin and Jordan, but we managed to get them out cheap.”

Caesar, fellow seam bowler OJ Pitcher and slow left-arm Derrick Brangman claimed one wicket each for a St David’s side that only conceded six extras.

St David’s

McLaren Lowe b Isaiah Richardson 12

Samuel Robinson c Douglas b Isaiah Richardson 31

OJ Pitcher run out 8

D L Brangman c Terrence Corday b Jermel Proctor 28

*Justin Pitcher not out 21

† Ricardo Brangman c Douglas b J A DeSilva 2

Brian Hall not out 1

Extras (w 17, nb 1, b 2, lb 4) 24

Total (5 wkts; 20 overs) 127

Cejay Outerbridge, C S Smith, Michael DeSilva, Oni Smith, Sheldon Caesar, Iyuan Smith, Shaquille Roberts-Pitcher did not bat

Fall of Wicket: 1-21, 2-43, 3-70, 4-115, 5-122

Bowling: Maybury 4-0-23-0; Proctor

4-1-18-1; Richardson 4-0-37-2; DeSilva 4-0-27-1; C Corday 2-0-7-0; Richardson 2-0-9-0

Somerset Cricket Club

C R M Douglas run out 3

J T M Morrissey lbw b Sheldon Caesar 6

Alje Richardson b Samuel Robinson 28

Dalin Richardson b DL Brangman 18

*JA DeSilva b OJ Pitcher 8

G H Maybury c Sheldon Caesar b Samuel Robinson 0

Jerez Eve not out 13

Isaiah Richardson not out 7

Extras (w 4, lb 2) 6

Total (6 wkts; 20 overs) 89

Dajon Richardson, J M C Corday, Azar Morrisey, Jermel Proctor, †Terrence Corday did not bat

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-10, 3-35, 4-48, 5-49, 6-66

Bowling: Caesar 2-0-8-1; Outerbridge

3-0-14-0; Smith 2-0-13-0; Brangman 4-0-7-1;

Pitcher 4-0-21-1; Robinson 2-0-7-2; DeSilva 2-0-14-0; Justin Pitcher 1-0-3-0

Umpires: S Caines, A Knight

There is no coverage of the cricket matches that took place at Wellington Oval this weekend because St George’s Cricket Club officials refused entry to Royal Gazette staff unless they paid a fee. It is believed to be a first in the long history of the newspaper covering sporting and other events that such an occurrence has taken place. We find this ethically unconscionable and have taken a stand on principle. It is to be hoped this impasse is resolved before next weekend so that normal service can be restored. - Dexter Smith, Editor

Key man: Sammy Robinson