Lost bonus points may prove costly for Bay
Bailey’s Bay, 101 for three, beat PHC, 99 all out, by seven wickets.
Bailey’s Bay have given themselves half a chance to win the Premier Division title next weekend, but their inability to pick up vital bonus points against PHC may yet come back to haunt them.
The Sea Breeze Oval side’s indiscipline cost them two valuable bonus points and instead of trailing St David’s by just four points going into the last games of the season, the gap is six.
Coupled with some sloppy bowling in the win against their title rivals the previous week, and the new system may yet be the difference between Bay winning the title or not.
PHC meanwhile have been relegated, and a side that won the Belco Cup at the beginning of last season are now contemplating a long-period of re-building.
The Warwick side were forced to field a team that included three players under the age of 16 yesterday, and is a shadow of the team that made club history last year.
With senior players such as Bermuda internationals Jason Anderson and Chris Foggo likely to move on, and talented youngster Kamau Leverock now at school in England, the future is not a very bright one.
Not that Anderson and Foggo contributed much against Bay, the pair made just three runs between them at the top of the order as Bay bowler Burton Outerbridge reduced the home side to 11 for four.
Mark Smith (21) and Hasan Durham (39) at least managed to give PHC an air of respectability, but five batsman were out for ducks and Cal Waldron (16) was the only other member of the side to reach double figures.
Bay were just far too strong, and Lateef Trott (three for 17) and Rodney Trott (two for 19) mopped up the tail with a minimum of fuss.
For all their dominance however they came away with just one bowling bonus point, and let another slip with the nine wides and one no-ball that they sent down.
The no ball was for having too many men outside the circle, although they are not the first team to have been punished for that this season, but that loss of concentration could prove to be extremely costly.
Bowling PHC out for less than a hundred denied Bay the chance to get many batting points, but they should still have been able to add another one for a hundred run partnership.
Even when Dennico Hollis was out with just two runs on the board that was still a –possibility, and Garnell Hollis (39) and Terryn Fray (30 added 69 for the second wicket before Fray lobbed a gentle catch back to Dante Wellman and was out caught and bowled.
Skipper Stephen Outerbridge came and went in much the same way as he has all season, but on-loan Social Club duo Garnell Hollis and Rodney Trott saw Bay home and sent PHC down to join their already relegated team.