Fray’s efforts in vain as Somerset maintain streak
Somerset Cricket Club (Somerset won toss): Somerset (10pts) beat Bailey's Bay by 46 runs
Terryn Fray scored an unbeaten 94 not out but could not prevent Bailey's Bay falling to a 46-run defeat against Somerset in the Twenty20 Premier Division at Somerset Cricket Club on Saturday.
Kamau Leverock and Chris Douglas once again led the way for in-form Somerset, who having lost their first three matches, remain an outside chance for the title, with this, a fourth consecutive victory, maintaining pressure on rivals Southampton Rangers and St David's at the top of the table.
After twinning the toss, openers Leverock and Douglas set off in blistering pace reaching 94 runs before the former was dismissed off the bowling of Jahre Blakeney in the sixth over having bludgeoned 61 from just 19 balls, including five fours and six sixes.
Douglas (39) departed just under three overs later, having helped his side surpass the 100-mark with the total at 125 for two. Jerez Eve (24) added a useful contribution before being caught off the bowling of Kazhi Sealey a little more than half of the Somerset innings over and 148-runs on the scoreboard.
Dalin Richards (10) came and went in the space of four overs, while Jordan De Silva came in and added a useful 31 runs to the total before being dismissed in the penultimate over with 201 runs scored.
Alje Richardson (0) fell cheaply in the final over without scoring but Amari Ebbin (16 not out) and Isaiah Richardson (3 not out) saw out the innings as Somerset set a strong total of 209 for six from their allotted overs.
Bay's reply got off to woeful start as openers Coolidge Durham (1) and Shaquille Outerbridge (3 retired) as well as Jarryd Richardson (11) had all departed in the space of just 3.4 overs with only 35 runs on the scoreboard.
A successful chase always appeared improbable from there on in, however captain Fray did his utmost to keep his side in with a shot of an unlikely victory, steadying the innings on his way to 94 not out off of 51 balls, which included eight fours and six sixes.
Fray was supported by Cameron Jeffers (39) before he was dismissed off the bowling of Richardson with five balls remaining.
However, their efforts were to ultimately prove in vain as Bay were left to rue their sluggish start with Jordan Burgess seeing out the innings alongside Fray, finishing with a total of 163 for three from their overs.
Somerset Cricket Club (Somerset Cricket Club won toss): Somerset Cricket Club won by 46 runs
K Leverock c Outerbridge b Blakeney 61
C R M Douglas run out 39
Jerez Eve c Outerbridge b Sealey 24
D Richardson b Jeffers 10
*J A DeSilva c Fray b Burgess 31
†A E Ebbin not out 16
A Richardson b Outerbridge 0
I Richardson not out 3
Extras (w 18, nb 2, lb 5) 25
Total (6 wickets; 20.0 overs) 209 10.45 RPO
G H Maybury, J Proctor, T Corday
Fall of Wicket: 1-94, 2-125, 3-148, 4-167, 5-201, 6-206
Bowling: Burgess 3-0-34-1; Blakeney 4-0-59-1; Jeffers 4-0-44-1; Durham 4-0-38-0; Sealey 4-0-25-1; Outerbridge 1-0-4-1
C J Jeffers c Douglas b Richardson 39
C Durham c Ebbin b Jermel Proctor 4
J Richardson b Richardson 11
J Burgess not out 0
S Outerbridge retired 3
*T F Fray not out 94
Extras (w 9, nb 1, b 4, lb 1) 15
Total (3 wkts; 20 overs) 163
L Outerbridge, J Blakeney, K Sealey, D Swan-DeSilva, J Burgess, Z White
Fall of Wicket: 1-2, 2-35, 145-3
Bowling: Maybury 3-0-15-0; Proctor 4-0-32-1; Richardson 4-0-35-2; Leverock 4-0-34-0; Corday 3-0-22-0; Douglas 2-0-20-0