St David’s thrash Warwick
Captain OJ Pitcher hit 103 not out and three other teammates supported with half-centuries as home team St David’s hammered a youthful Warwick side by 269 runs at Lords after being sent in by Warwick.
St David’s 376-5
St David’s scored their runs off 46 overs as Pitcher and Sammy Robinson (85 off eight fours and three sixes) shared in a fourth wicket stand of 199 which carried the score from 108 to 307. Pitcher, batting at number four, hit 11 fours and a six to pace his team to their match-winning total.
Further useful knocks came from Fiqre Crockwell and Rudell Pitcher who scored 51 and 54 respectively, with Pitcher’s runs coming off just 20 balls and containing three sixes and eight fours.
Warwick could only manage 107 in reply with San’j Dill scoring 20, Jade Darrell 19 and Lionel Cann 15 as George O’Brien led the St David’s bowling with three for 33 from 10 overs. Three other bowlers took two wickets, Sammy Robinson with two for five, Justin Pitcher two for 16 and Rudell Pitcher two for 28.
St. George’s 181
Willow Cuts 182-4
Veteran Dexter Basden and youngster Deunte Darrell shared in an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 150 to lead Willow Cuts to a six wicket victory at Wellington Oval.
Precariously placed at 32-4, Basden survived being dropped second ball by Herbie Bascome in the slips before patiently rebuilding the innings with Darrell and completing the run chase in 35.5 overs.
“After that I had to sit up and bat because once you drop a good batsman they usually go on and make some big runs,” said Basden afterwards. “I figured I had to coach the youngster along and basically we bat well together anyhow. We still had Ricardo Brangman and Bergon Spencer to come but we tried not to put pressure on them because cricket is a funny game. It’s a good start for us for the season and we can build off that.”
Basden finished on 63 not out and Darrell 73 not out while opener and captain Dwight Basden contributed 23 after Joshua Commissiong (0), Chris Foggo (0) and Sheroy Fubler (1) all went cheaply as Wilbur Burt led the St. George’s bowling with two for 28 from seven overs.
Earlier, Troy Hall scored 47 and Chae Foggo and Mishael Paynter 30 apiece for the east enders as Kamel Bashir had a good spell, taking six for 43 from nine overs for Cuts while Bergon Spencer claimed two for 30.
Basden, still planning to ease out to make way for younger players, showed that he still has an appetite for the game. “It’s the only form of exercise that I get, playing cricket for the last 36 years, and if I stop I’ll end up going fishing and then the exercise is going to stop,” said the former captain.
“To keep the heart going I’ll play now and then, not too much because we’ve got about six youngsters who can play. We just entered the PDL and we can have a good look at the PDL games and then put them into the Sunday games. It’s a good thing I think the Board has done.”