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We can cope without Cann, says Hollis

There will be plenty at stake when domestic 50 over cricket resumes tomorrow.

The day’s top Premier Division match up will see leaders St. David’s travel to Sea Breeze Oval to take on nearest rivals Bailey’s Bay.

St. David’s, who currently lead Bay by 29 points, can take another giant leap towards clinching the 50 over championship with victory over their Eastern Counties rival.

But a victory for Bay, who have a game-in-hand over St. David’s, would blow the title race wide open while enhancing their own chances of league glory.

The Islanders will be without star player Lionel Cann who has quit playing for the remainder of the season.

The St. David’s stalwart has taken a personal stand against the antisocial behavior reportedly plaguing his club and the island in general.

But while he applauds Cann’s stance, Bay skipper Stephen Outerbridge said he wouldn’t be surprised if his Bermuda team mate has a change of heart prior to tomorrow’s crucial match. “I don’t buy too much into that because Lionel is Lionel and I won’t be surprised if he shows up on Sunday,” he said.

St. David’s spinner Del Hollis reckons his team can deliver the goods with or without Cann’s services.

“We can beat Bay without Lionel if we stick to the game plan,” he said.

Over the years a fierce rivalry between St. David’s and Bay has evolved and Outerbridge expects that trend to continue at Sea Breeze Oval tomorrow.

“It’s going to be a big game for both clubs in a big atmosphere,” he said.

“It should be a very interesting encounter and we are looking forward to a very competitive match, which is always the case.”

In addition to the ten-points for a win, both teams will be looking to cash in on the eight additional batting and bowling bonus points that will be up for grabs that could prove decisive at the end of the season.

Tomorrow’s remaining Premier Division fixture at Devonshire Rec. will see the hosts attempt to steer further clear of the relegation zone when they take on Willow Cuts.

Devonshire are currently two points adrift of Cuts who along with PHC remain anchored in the relegation zone.

However, Cuts, who will be without the suspended Malachi Jones for tomorrow’s clash, have a game-in-hand over PHC, Devonshire, St. George’s and Southampton Rangers who are not mathematically out of the woods just yet. In First Division play, promotion hopefuls Western Stars will be looking to leapfrog idle leaders Cleveland County when they tackle Somerset at Somerset Cricket Club.

Only nine points separates Cleveland from nearest rivals Stars.

Meanwhile, Lindo’s Twenty/20 cricket resumes today.

Devonshire take on Cleveland at PHC while Western Stars and PHC will face each other at the same venue.

Elsewhere, St. David’s will do battle with Flatts at Lords where Leg Trappers will also lock horns with St. George’s. Today’s remaining Twenty/20 match sees Bailey’s Bay pitted with Willow Cuts at Sea Breeze Oval.

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Published September 03, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated September 03, 2011 at 8:54 am)

We can cope without Cann, says Hollis

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