Devonshire secure top-flight safety
Devonshire, 283 all out, beat St George’s, 231 all out, by 52 runs
Devonshire confirmed their whereabouts for next season after coming away from Wellington Oval with a hard fought win over St. George’s.
The visitors cemented their 50 Over Premier Division status after handing their hosts a 52 run loss in a match that had more twists than a pretzel.
Powering Devonshire to victory were player-coach Ricardo Brangman and Dean Richards who both stroked boundary-filled half-centuries and shared in a century partnership that ultimately put the match beyond St George’s’ reach.
Wicketkeeper Ricardo Brangman Jr chipped in with a useful 41 at the top of the order.
Herbie Bascome (2-29), Kameron Fox (2-31), Derek Brangman (2-26) and Wilbur Burt (2-32) claimed two wickets apiece as St George’s was dismissed for 231 with 36 balls to spare.
Devonshire lost their first two wickets for 68 runs. But St George’s were forced to sweat it out before they could make further inroads into their opponent’s batting order as player-coach Brangman (68) and Richards (65) sprayed the ball to all parts of the ground during a 122 run third wicket stand.
Brangman blasted seven fours and two sixes and reached his half-century off 71 balls while Richards achieved the milestone off 81 balls in a knock that included seven fours and two sixes.
At 235 for five, Devonshire were firmly in a position of strength. But any thoughts the visitors might have had of earning an extra batting bonus point evaporated as their last five wickets tumbled for only 46 runs.
Rudell Pitcher (3-29) and Clay Darrell (2-59) were the pick of a St George’s bowling attack that tossed down a staggering 32 wides that proved costly in the end.
Devonshire appeared to have the game all sewn up when they had their hosts reeling at 94 for five in their reply. But St George’s stalwarts Dean Minors and Clay Smith threatened to turn the match on its head after coming together at the crease.
Together the senior pair admirably set about stitching the innings together with some robust strokeplay, adding 61 runs for the sixth wicket as Devonshire heads began to drop.
Minors dominated the stand with a whirlwind 80 that included eight sixes and four boundaries, taking only 47 deliveries to reach his half century that arrived with a six over midwicket off the final delivery of Burt’s fourth over. Smith hit an even 50 that included six fours and two sixes with his half-century arriving off 47 balls.
Fox eventually made the big breakthrough after trapping Minors leg before and when Smith was caught behind off the bowling of former team-mate Bascome, to leave St George’s wobbling at 204 for eight, Devonshire’s victory was all but sealed.
Richard Todd (19) and Damon Walker (10) were the only other St George’s batsmen in double figures.
While Devonshire had plenty to cheer about the same could not be said for St George’s who slipped into the relegation zone with one round of matches remaining in the 2011 50 over championship.
St George’s travel to Lords next Sunday to take on league leaders St David’s in their season finale.