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Douglas praises County’s composure after beating Bay

Cleveland County batsman Allan Douglas jr hailed his side’s composure following their thrilling victory over Bailey’s Bay at Sea Breeze Oval at the weekend to move up to fourth in the table.

A brilliant legside stumping by Jason Anderson sealed an exciting 12-run win for Cleveland against their Eastern Counties rivals in match that hung in the balance right down to the final few overs.

Bay batsman Lateef Trott struck 31 late in the innings, including three sixes and two fours to bring his team 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, followed by a stumping of Burton Outerbridge off Shaki Darrell.

With the victory moving County further away from reigning league champions Bay, who are in fifth, Douglas was delighted with his side’s heart and determination.

“I have always been confident in our ability and when the game was on the line on Sunday we showed that we can remain focused and win close matches,” said Douglas.

Half centuries from Treadwell Gibbons jr and Damali Bell, along with a knock of 43 from skipper Dennis Musson jr paved the way to posting their total of 226, while Musson led the bowling attack with four wickets.

It could have all gone differently, however, with County’s decision to target Bay opener Stephen Outerbridge returning to action after a lengthy injury almost backfiring.

The Somerset Cup Match batsman stroked his way to 85 before being caught off Douglas’ bowling.

“When Stephen came out to open and we tried to get him out but it backfired attacking one player because he went about scoring most of their runs,” said Douglas.

“Once we got Picnic (Rodney Trott) out and Stephen was back in the pavilion we knew that the toughest part had been done and needed to finish the job.

“We stuck to what the coaches told us at the beginning of the game and we got the result.”

Next up for Cleveland is a match against fellow Eastern Counties rivals Flatts Victoria at Wellington Oval this weekend.

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Published June 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm (Updated June 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm)

Douglas praises County’s composure after beating Bay

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