St George’s edge closer to the drop
Bailey’s Bay, 204 all out, beat St. George’s, 185 all out, by 19 runs
Terryn Fray thumped a polished half-century and Ryan Steede and Rodney Trott shared six wickets between them to inspire Bailey’s Bay to a 19-run win over St George’s at Wellington Oval yesterday.
Bay found themselves reeling at 78 for six after being sent in to bat on a sluggish pitch, but regained their footing to post a respectable total that ultimately proved beyond St. George’s reach.
Stylish opening bat Fray led Bay’s remarkable recovery with a top knock of 94 from 111 balls that included nine boundaries.
He reached his half-century off 56 balls in 76 minutes and along with David Lovell (47) added 94 runs for the seventh-wicket in 18 overs.
Fray was unlucky not to have scored a century on the ground where he made his Cup Match debut last month.
Requiring six runs for the milestone, Fray lofted Clay Darrell out of the park and raised his bat in ecstasy thinking he was home and dry.
But it was not be as square leg umpire James McKirdy called a dead ball after spotting Rudell Pitcher moving back towards the long off boundary rather than forward as Darrell ran into to bowl.
And to add insult to injury Fray was dismissed on the very next delivery after giving an easy catch to Troy Hall in the covers to signal the end of Bay’s innings in the 39th over of a match reduced to 44 overs due to a delayed start.
“I thought that was unfortunate because Terryn batted extremely well,” commented Bay coach Noel Gibbons. “But that shouldn’t bother him because he has lots of hundreds ahead of him.”
Steede (15) and wicketkeeper Sinclair Smith (ten) were the only other Bay batsmen in double figures.
Pitcher (three for 34) was the pick of the St. George’s bowling.
Like their rivals earlier, St George’s also found themselves in deep trouble at 81 for six. But a superb knock from middle order bat Machai Simmons delayed the inevitable.
The promising player gathered 57 from 71 balls in a dogged innings that included five fours and two towering sixes.
He reached his half-century off 56 balls in 76 minutes and added 42 runs for the seventh-wicket stand with Hall (11) and a further 58 for the eighth with Pitcher (29) as St George’s threatened to turn the match on its head.
But Bay had other thoughts in mind.
With the hosts requiring 24 runs for victory with plenty of balls to spare the bottom finally fell out as Stephen Outerbridge claimed two wickets in the space of four balls to put an end to St. George’s run chase.
Simmons, who was bowled by Outerbridge playing down the wrong line, was the ninth-wicket to fall and his dismissal virtually signaled the end for a St George’s side that dropped into the relegation zone following yesterday’s loss.
Steede led the Bay bowling with three for 44; Trott had three for 38 while Kyle Hodsoll (two for 32) also held his end of the bargain.
Though pleased with the outcome of the match, Bay coach Gibbons felt his team’s bowling and fielding left much to be desired.