Gibbons inspires Cleveland to victory
Somerset Bridge 112 all out
Cleveland County 113-1
Treadwell Gibbons Jr produced with both bat and ball as Cleveland County made light work of Somerset Bridge at White Hill Field, cruising to a comfortable nine-wicket win on opening day.
Gibbons claimed two wickets along with Chris Douglas, in a match that was reduced to 45 overs, to skittle out the hosts for 112 in 32.4 overs.
Ryan Shepard was the top scorer with 39, while Clarence Trott chipping in with 15.
In reply, the target was reached in 27.5 overs, with Gibbons spearheading the run chase with a comfortable 57 not out.
He was helped by Jason Anderson (21) and Damon Rabain (15 not out) as the side reached the required total with minimal fuss.
PHC 87 all out
Western Stars 88-2
Western Stars beat PHC at PHC Field by eight wickets to get their title challenge off to a good start.
Winning the toss and sending the hosts into bat, Stars struck early and often, with Brian Hall snatching five wickets and Seth Campbell helping himself to two scalps as well in the first innings debacle.
The top man for PHC was extras (15), while Colin Stewart (15) and Cal Waldron (14 not out).
Chasing down the total was never in doubt, with Nyon Steede (25) and Temiko Wilson (15 not out) leading the charge to put the match to bed in 24.2 overs, with Hall also unbeaten at the crease on 15 when the totals were crossed.
Charles Simons and Charles Trott both grabbed a wicket apiece in a the loss.
Southampton Rangers 351-5
Flatts Victoria 133 all out
Newly crowned Belco Cup champions Southampton Rangers cruised to an emphatic 218-run victory against Flatts Victoria in this one-sided 50 overs affair at Southampton Oval.
Rangers piled up a massive total after being sent into bat and then rolled their opponents over in less than 32 overs.
Teenager Alex Dore and Dean Richards both stroked half centuries while spinners Dion Stovell and Derrick Brangman shared eight- wickets between them to guide the hosts to a victory that was never in doubt.
Flatts made early inroads after sending Rangers into bat when opener Kwame Tucker (5) was dismissed cheaply.
But Dore and Richards repaired the damage via a 153-run second wicket stand that ultimately put the match beyond Flatts’ reach.
Dore, who was dropped on 32, stroked 81 from 64 balls in a blistering knock that contained six sixes and seven fours with his half century arriving off 52 balls. Richards thumped two sixes and five fours in his knock of 58 from 62 balls, bringing up his half-century off 56 balls.
Rangers also received healthy contributions lower down the order as skipper Stovell (30) and player/coach Janeiro Tucker (32) added 58 runs for the fourth wicket while Brangman (30) and Ian Armstrong (38) shared in an unbroken 85-run partnership for the sixth wicket.
Left-arm spinner Vernon Eve (two for 39) and seamer Kijuan Franks (two for 65) claimed two wickets apiece for the visitors.
Flatts gave up 71 extras that included 45 wides and 15 leg byes and were penalised an additional 12 runs for bowling a slow over rate.
In reply, the visitors folded in 31.5 overs with Hewonnie Baker (32), Reggie Baker (26) and Coefield Robinson (25) the only batsmen in double figures.
Flatts were quickly reduced to 87 for five and never recovered as wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals.
Off spinner Stovell was the pick of the Rangers bowling with superb figures of five for 30 — his second five wicket haul of the season — while left -arm spinner Brangman claimed three for 35 off 8.5 overs that included a maiden.
Somerset Cricket Club pulled off a big upset after handing defending league champions Bailey’s Bay a five-wicket defeat on home turf.
Bailey’s Bay 210-7
Somerset CC 212-5
Set a target of 211, the hosts romped to victory with 72 balls to spare.
The Royal Gazette was unable to obtain further details on this match.