Rangers lose by one wicket
Willow Cuts, 231 for nine, beat Southampton Rangers, 230 all out, by one wicket
Willow Cuts pulled off an improbable one wicket victory over Southampton Rangers yesterday at Southampton Oval to set up an enthralling final weekend in the Premier Division.
Winning the toss and sending their hosts into bat, Cuts would have been hoping to get wickets early and often, but were their own worst enemies in conceding 53 extras that included 36 wides.
Gerald Simons was the top scorer with a knock of 50 for Rangers as they amassed 230 before being bowled out, with Kwame Tucker (39) and Quinton Burch (32) also helping out in the run scoring department.
Jermaine Trott was the pick of the Willow Cuts bowlers, claiming four wickets for 30 runs, while George O’Brien jr took two wickets for 54 runs.
In reply, Chris Douglas (45) and Dexter Basden (35) put their side in an excellent position to get to their required total, but a middle order collapse saw the side slump to 178 for eight and staring down the barrel of relegation.
It was O’Brien jr, however, who became the difference maker in the game, as his knock of 30 put his side over the hump and gained valuable points.
Treddie Simpson grabbed four wickets for 28 runs in a losing cause, while Janeiro Tucker claimed two wickets for 63 runs.
The win sees Cuts leapfrog St George’s and Rangers in the standings with a date against Devonshire Rec. on the road next weekend, while St George’s face St David’s at Wellington Oval and Rangers go to PHC Stadium to take on PHC.
St George’s currently hold down the third and final relegation spot by one point.