Cleveland hold nerve to clinch narrow victory against Bailey’s Bay
A brilliant legside stumping by Jason Anderson sealed an exciting 12-run win for Cleveland against their Eastern Counties rivals at Sea Breeze Oval yesterday.
Cleveland 226 for seven
Bailey’s Bay 214
The match between the two Eastern Counties teams hung in the balance right down to the final few overs after Lateef Trott swashbuckling 31 late in the innings off three sixes and two fours brought Bay right back into the game. However, Cleveland kept their nerve in a tense finish, first removing danger man Trott when Damali Bell bowled him in his first over back to replace captain Dennis Musson.
Soon after, with 13 runs still needed, Anderson produced a moment of magic with the stumping of Burton Outerbridge off Shaki Darrell to secure a rare Cleveland victory over Bailey’s Bay. And with the first round meeting between the teams in the Eastern Counties just three weeks away, the win certainly boosted Cleveland’s confidence.
Bay captain Stephen Outerbridge, playing in his first league match of the season following a hamstring injury, almost single-handedly spoiled Cleveland’s day when he stroked 89 from 65 balls (four fours and eight sixes) as wickets fell cheaply around him. Responding to 226, Bay were 147-4 when Outerbridge departed as three other batsmen all failed to reach double figures. Damon Edwards (7), Cal Dill (0) and Rodney Trott (10) all departed in the space of 17 runs as Bay were on the ropes at 179-7 after Trott was brilliantly run out by Chris Douglas’ direct hit from covers.
Lateef Trott and Kyle Hodsoll (12) offered some resistance in the tailend but Cleveland kept their nerve to win in front of a big crowd. Trott brought up the 200 with a straight six off Treadwell Gibbons, but in the next over Bell replaced Musson at the end of his 10 overs and struck a crucial blow in his first over back when he bowled Trott. Musson was the pick of the Cleveland bowlers with four for 50.
Earlier, Gibbons and Bell scored half-centuries as Cleveland posted 226-7 from their 50 overs. Bell’s 57 came off 110 balls while Gibbons scored 53 from 82 balls with four sixes and two fours. Musson weighed in with 43 off 50 balls in the middle of the innings as Cleveland recovered from 128-5. Four Bay bowlers took one wicket each, with Cal Dill giving up 24 runs in his 10 overs, Lateef Trott taking 1-34, Burton Outerbridge 1-39 and Hodsoll 1-51.
St. George’s 161Fiqre Crockwell stood between victory and defeat at Wellington Oval as St George’s came close to handing neighbours St David’s their first league defeat of the season.
St. David’s 164 for seven
Chasing 162 for victory, St David’s were comfortably placed at 42 without loss at tea with McLaren Lowe dominating the opening stand with Delyone Borden, scoring 26 of the first 36 runs as Borden took 20 balls to get off the mark.
Things quickly changed for the visitors as Borden (6) and then Lowe (26) departed in the second and third overs after tea. And when former St George’s player Richard Todd fell for one to a brilliant low catch by Machai Simmons in the covers, St David’s found themselves in early trouble at 53-3. St George’s took further wickets on 75, 95 and 118, including that of the captain OJ Pitcher and Sammy Robinson for seven apiece. However, Crockwell, batting at number three, kept a cool head, batted sensibly and steered St David’s to victory with an impressive 65 not out from eight fours in two hours and 16 minutes.
Wilbur Burt had a good spell of left arm medium for St George’s with three for 21 from 10 overs (two maidens), while Simmons, the sixth bowler used, took two for 26 off 5.2 overs and Onias Bascome two for 41 from nine overs.
Earlier the 18-year-old Bascome marked his first league match of the season with a top knock of 72 for the home side. The Bermuda youth team batsman, batting at number four, hit three sixes and four fours in 100 minutes at the crease before he was finally last out in the 42nd over. Brother and captain Oronde Bascome scored 22 while Zeko Burgess added 21 in the tailend as the home team recovered from 65-5.
Veteran spinner Del Hollis took three for 43 from 10 overs, while George O’Brien, OJ Pitcher and Borden all claimed two wickets for St. David’s.