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Stovell inspires Rangers to victory over Cleveland

Skipper Dion Stovell shone with bat and ball to inspire visiting Southampton Rangers to a comfortable six-wicket victory over Cleveland County at Wellington Oval.

Cleveland 196 all out

Southampton 197-4

Stovell claimed two wickets with his off break spin to help restrict the home team below the double century mark and then stroked an unbeaten half century to anchor Rangers to victory with 86 balls to spare.

At one stage Cleveland were cruising along at 104 for 3 before losing their remaining wickets for 92 runs.

Opener Treadwell Gibbons led Cleveland’s batting with a knock of 55 that included seven fours and two sixes and reached his half century off 52 balls before he was eventually dismissed.

Wicketkeeper Jason Anderson added 23 while Chris Douglas stroked a robust 46 (five fours and three sixes) batting at number five.

Stovell finished with impressive figures of 2 -22 from 9.1 overs that included two maidens while Derrick Brangman (2-26) and Alex Dore (2-46) also claimed two wickets each.

Cleveland had Rangers in a spot of bother at 50 for 3 during the latter’s reply before a 112 -run fourth wicket stand between Stovell (66) and player/coach Janeiro Tucker (65) brought the visitors within sight of victory.

Tucker raced to his half century off 53 balls after being dropped before getting off the mark. The Rangers stalwart crashed ten fours and a six before he was eventually dismissed to leave Rangers poised at 162 for 4.

But any thoughts Cleveland might have had of making further inroads were cruelly dashed as Stovell and Brangman (5 not out) shared in an unbroken 35-run fifth wicket partnership that carried the visitors safely across the line.

Stovell reached his half century- that contained six fours and two sixes — off 60 balls and was fortunate to be at the crease when the winning runs were scored after being put down at mid off.

Off spinner Tamauri Tucker led Cleveland’s bowling with figures of 2-25 from nine overs that included two maidens.

Bailey’s Bay 285-9Bailey’s Bay chalked up their first win of the season after inflicting a crushing 204-run defeat on visiting Devonshire at Sea Breeze Oval.

Devonshire 81 all out

Guiding the hosts to this lopsided victory was all-rounder Rodney Trott who hammered a boundary laden century while seamers Kyle Hodsoll and Lateef Trott shared six wickets between them.

Devonshire made a promising start to the match after reducing Bay to 82 for 4.

But a timely 132 -run fifth wicket stand between Trott and Cal Dill put the hosts firmly on course for a challenging total.

Trott thumped 14 fours and two sixes in his top knock before he became the last Bay wicket to fall with two deliveries remaining in the innings.

Dill, who was dropped early in his innings, stroked 61 that included eight fours and three sixes.

Ryan Steede, promoted to opener, added 34 (six fours) while number three bat Azende Furbert chipped in with a useful 21 (four fours).

Seamers Lamont Brangman (3-33) and Stephen Bremar (3-48) led a Devonshire bowling attack that sent down 24 wides and was called for 11 no balls.

Bay took 25.4 overs to dismiss the visitors who folded like the proverbial deck of cards.

Bremar (12), Tori Henry (10) and Brangman (11) were the only Devonshire batsmen in double figures.

First change bowler Trott claimed 3-10 from just 5.4 overs with one maiden while opening bowler Hodsoll seized 3-27 from seven overs that included two wicket maidens.

Somerset 333-6

Flatts 136 all out

Skipper Jekon Edness led from the front to guide Somerset to an emphatic 197-run victory against winless Flatts at Lords.

Edness struck a maiden century of the season in Somerset’s massive total that ultimately put the match beyond their hosts’ reach.

Batting at number four, the Somerset skipper hammered nine fours and two sixes in an unbeaten knock of 107.

He reached his half century off 60 balls and faced an additional 34 deliveries for his well deserved century.

Somerset were never in trouble after electing to bat in ideal batting conditions with Edness adding 90 runs for the fourth wicket with Jordan DeSilva (38).

Opener Shaquille Jones stroked a breezy 74 that included seven fours and two sixes. He added 36 runs for the third wicket with Edness after Somerset had slipped to for 118-2, reaching his half century off 40 balls in 66 minutes before offering a return catch to Nelson Bascome.

Raul Khan stroked 22 lower down the order to see the visitors past the triple century mark.

Troy Dean (2-59) and Paul Carr (2-69) were the pick of the Flatts bowling attack that was penalised for a slow over rate.

The hosts came up well short in their reply with Chris Daley (34 not out) and Bascome (33) offering the most resistance during their team’s unsuccessful run chase.

Somerset had Flatts in deep trouble at 56 for six and the latter never really recovered as wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals.

A 61-run eighth -wicket partnership between Daley and Bascome delayed the inevitable before Flatts were eventually dismissed in exactly 31 overs.

Off spinner Jacobi Robinson (2-11) was the pick of the Somerset bowling and received solid support from Khan who claimed 2-24 respectively to cap a fine all round display.

Western Stars 110 all out

St David’s 111/0

Delyone Borden stroked nine fours in his innings of 60 not out to guide St David’s to a comfortable ten-wicket win over Western Stars at St John’s Field.

St David’s won the toss and sent the hosts into bat, and it seemed as though they would be made to pay for the decision with Nyon Steede (22) and Temiko Wilson (20) putting on 44 for the first wicket.

That, however, would prove to be their best stand as wickets fell often with the departure of Steede who was bowled by Islanders skipper OJ Pitcher.

Brian Hall was the next high man with 19 as his side were bowled out in 39 overs, while Del Hollis would be the main orchestrator of Stars’ demise, claiming four wickets for 28 runs.

Rudell Pitcher and OJ Pitcher grabbed two wickets apiece, while Borden and George O’Brien Jr claimed one wicket each.

In reply to their reachable target, Borden and former Stars player McLaren Lowe (37 not out) put on an unbeaten stand of 111 runs to guide the east endears to victory in 17.2 overs.

Stars also had 14 extras.

Willow Cuts 282/8

Somerset Bridge 83 all out

Somerset Bridge were made to pay for sending Willow Cuts into bat as they lost by 199 runs at White Hill Field.

Winning the toss and sending their western rivals into bat, Bridge were on the back foot from the outset courtesy of Dwight Basden and Ricardo Brangman Jr

Basden (49) opened the batting for Cuts and anchored the early part of their innings, while Brangman struck an elegant 111 not out to spearhead the side to their total.

The pair shared a 96 run fourth-wicket partnership before Basden was out, and their cause was helped by Bridge being given a 24-run penalty for a slow over rate.

Noel Woods grabbed three wickets for 43 runs to lead Bridge’s bowling, while Ryan Shepherd chipped in with the scalps of Malachi Jones and Chris Douglas for his two wickets.

Chasing 282, Bridge were all out for 83, with former Cuts junior player Jahnoi Wilson-Bean topping their batting with 45, while Jones was the chief destroyer for Cuts snatching four wickets for a meagre 21 runs.

Kevon Fubler contributed with two wickets to his name in the comfortable victory.

Warwick 63 all out

St George’s 6⅔

St Georges got their first win of the season as they made light work of Warwick at Southampton Oval.

Warwick batted first but could only manage 63 runs before being bowled all out.

St George’s reached their total with seven wickets in hand.

Jason Anderson (batting) and his Cleveland County team mates were no match for unbeaten Southampton Rangers at Wellington Oval (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published June 03, 2013 at 4:25 pm (Updated June 03, 2013 at 4:25 pm)

Stovell inspires Rangers to victory over Cleveland

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