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Bay in nail-biting win over Cuts

Bailey’s Bay, 165 all out, beat Willow Cuts, 164 all out, by one run

Willow Cuts paid a heavy price after being penalised by the umpires for a slow over bowling rate in this Premier clash at Somerset Cricket Club on Saturday.

Visitors Bailey’s Bay were awarded 12 runs to their total due to their hosts’ lethargic display in the field after being dismissed on the last ball of the innings for 153.

And in the end this proved costly as Cuts folded for 164 in reply, giving Bay victory by one-run in a contest that went right down to the wire.

Despite an attractive half-century (67) from Terryn Fray Bay were restricted under 200 runs in their allotted overs that were reduced to 36 after a delayed start.

The right- handed opening batsman struck five boundaries and along with Stephen Outerbridge (21) added 42 runs for the third-wicket before Cuts’ first change bowler Jermaine Trott made the breakthrough in the 15th over.

Promising all-rounder Lateef Trott chipped in with a useful unbeaten 18 batting at number nine.

Deunte Darrell was the pick of the Cuts’ bowling with three for 23, while seamers George O’Brien (two for 27) and Sheroy Fubler (two for 24) claimed two scalps apiece.

Given the task of scoring at 3.16 runs per over, Cuts lost their first wicket with only nine runs on the board, hardly the start they had hoped for with the game theirs for the taking.

But a timely 45-run second wicket stand between Darrell (24) and Chris Douglas (22) steadied the ship before disaster struck as the hosts lost three-wickets in the space of four runs to slump to 57 for four.

Thereafter wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals, leaving middle order bat Malachi Jones and tailender O’Brien take up the fight from the rear.

Jones stroked a sedated 34 while O’Brien belted 26 that included four boundaries.

Together the pair added 39 runs for the eighth-wicket to keep their team’s victory hopes alive.

But in the end it wasn’t to be as Bay snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Cal Dill claimed match-best figures of three for 21 with his off-breaks to lead Bay’s bowling attack on an uneven Somerset batting track.

And he was ably supported by Irving Romaine (two for 20), Ryan Steede (two for 33) and Lateef Trott (two for 28) who each bagged a pair of wickets.

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Published August 22, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 22, 2011 at 9:48 am)

Bay in nail-biting win over Cuts

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