Stovell shines as Rangers win Belco Cup
Southampton Rangers, 150 all out, beat St David’s, 63 all out, by 87 runs
Southampton Rangers skipper Dion Stovell starred with the bat and ball as his side beat St David’s by 87 runs at Lords in St David’s.
Having made only 150 runs in their 46 overs at the wicket, Rangers skittled the Islanders out for a meagre 63 to win the game inside 20 overs of the run chase.
Stovell, who made 29 to help his side to their total, snatched five wickets to rip the heart out of the St David’s batting line-up.
“I think it was a total we could have defended with our bowling attack, the wicket isn’t good for batting in the afternoon,” said Stovell. “We brought on the spinners at the right time and they did the job of putting the ball in the right places to cause trouble.
“A win like this can help us in the league because they are a balanced team and will be in the running for the league title, but in the end we got the job done and the new guys that came into the team in the off season have done well and our new coach Ricky Brangman Sr has his first title this year.”
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Kwame Tucker (0) was the first wicket out without a run on the board in the first over to set up the theme of the day.
Fellow opener Dean Richards (24) and Alex Dore (30) put on 50 for the second wicket, and when Richards was out, Stovell put on another 22 with the youngster before Dore was caught by Islanders skipper OJ Pitcher off Del Hollis.
A middle order collapse was to be the remedy for St David’s to get back in the match with Rangers cruising at 72 for three, with three wickets falling in the space of three overs with not a run being put on.
Janeiro Tucker (11) fell with the score on 109 for four, and Stovell, Derrick Brangman (2), and Shannon Raynor (0) all followed back to the pavilion with the score on 112 to leave their side at a shaky 112 for seven.
Andrew Raynor (6), Ian Armstrong (13), Christian Gibbons (6) and Quinton Sherlock (8 not out) contributed useful runs to get the side to 150.
The wickets were shared between the bowlers, with Del Hollis, Delyone Borden, George O’Brien Jr, Rudell Pitcher, and Justin Pitcher all grabbing two wickets apiece.
In reply, St David’s were also pegged back early when Ajaun Lamb was caught behind by Janeiro Tucker off the first ball of the innings from Quinton Sherlock and the side never recovered.
Fiqre Crockwell (0) was also in the pavilion in the next over, and the score was two for two.
Fellow opener McLaren Lowe (12) was joined by Borden (2) who was back in the hut with the score on 21 and Lowe was sitting next to him when the score was 25.
Cousins OJ (20) and Justin Pitcher (23) took the score to 45 before the former was out, and Loren Marshall couldn’t contribute as he was out without scoring and the score 47 for six.
Rudell Pitcher was run out on three, O’Brien Jr (0) was bowled by Stovell and then the prised wicket of Justin Pitcher fell at 59 for nine.
Hollis (6) couldn’t save his side when he fell at 63 in the 20th over, and the title would head back to Rangers for the first time since 2011, and their eighth BELCO Cup in their history.
Stovell ended with five wickets, while Brangman, Gibbons, Tucker and Sherlock all chipped in with one wicket apiece.
“It wasn’t what we were looking for, we would have taken the 150 before the game but it was our lack of patience and consistency and putting our heads down when we were in a bind that led to our demise so we can only blame ourselves,” said St David’s skipper OJ Pitcher.
“They have a good side and played on the same wicket we did so we can’t complain, they deserved to be champions right now.
“On the day they were better in the batting department and usually teams in Bermuda that make 180 to 200 runs will back themselves and they held their nerve as a team and I have to take my hat off to them.”