St David’s cruise into Knockout final
Bailey's Bay 141 all out
St David's 141-5
Delyone Borden and Justin Pitcher claimed nine wickets between them while George O'Brien Jr smashed an unbeaten half-century to inspire St David's to a five-wicket victory over East End rivals Bailey's Bay in the Logic Knockout Championship semi-final at Lords today.
The win kept St David's on course for another title having been crowned Eastern Counties and League champions within the last month.
Off spinner Borden returned mesmerising figures of five for six off seven overs with two maidens while seamer Pitcher took an equally superb four for 43 to restrict Bay, who were sent into bat on a damp pitch, to a modest total.
O'Brien, promoted up the order to number four, then smashed six fours and three sixes in a blistering knock of 79 as the Islanders reached their target in 31.3 overs.
O'Brien and Loren Marshall (four) produced an unbroken 15 run sixth-wicket stand that carried the hosts safely across the line with 39 balls to spare in a match reduced to 37 overs per side due to rain.
Earlier, Bay appeared to be running away with the match with opening batsmen Terryn Fray (20) and Irving Romaine (81) adding 81 runs for the first wicket.
But once Borden and Pitcher came into the Islanders' attack the wheels started to come off the wagon for the visitors.
Third change bowler Pitcher made the breakthrough in the 16th over when he had Fray caught by Sammy Robinson at long off with the fifth delivery of his first over and thereafter wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as Borden, who claimed two wickets in his fifth over, kept the pressure on at the opposite end.
Pitcher also claimed the prized scalp of Romaine, whose 62-ball innings contained 11 fours and three sixes, while Borden's five-wicket haul included Bay skipper Stephen Outerbridge (one) and Rodney Trott (0) who were both dismissed cheaply.
Others managing double figures in St David's' successful run chase were Maclaren Lowe (24), Borden (15) and skipper OJ Pitcher (10).
Romaine claimed two for ten off his off breaks while seamer Burton Outerbridge seized two for 30 for the visitors.
St David's will now face Southampton Rangers in the at Sea Breeze Oval on September 15.
Cleveland 70 all out
Southampton Rangers 72-3
Southampton Rangers made light work of Cleveland County to book their spot in the final at Southampton Oval.
Rangers won by seven wickets with 207 balls to spare after dismissing their rivals, who elected to bat first, for a paltry total of 70 in 25.3 overs.
Shannon Raynor, who led the shallow run chase with an unbeaten 29, dominated an unbroken 51-run fourth wicket partnership with Derrick Brangman (10) that sealed the hosts' emphatic win.
Peter Philpott (2-10) and Chris Douglas (1-10) claimed the only Rangers' wickets to fall.
Earlier, Cleveland's decision to bat first backfired as they were quickly reduced to 46 for eight in 16 overs before the tail wagged with number eight bat Dennis Musson Jr stroking a team high 25.
Treadwell Gibbons Jr contributed 14 at the top of the order before the ball dominated the bat.
Rangers stalwart Janeiro Tucker (3-2) and Alex Dore (3-22) shared six wickets between them while skipper Dion Stovell took two 18 for with his off break spin.