Rangers chasing third trophy in Logic Knockout final
Bermuda Cricket Board will be hoping that Sunday's Logic Knockout final between the top two teams will help revive interest in a season that has diminished since Cup Match and the Eastern Counties.
Some clubs have struggled to field a team and crowds dropped, but this weekend's final at Sea Breeze Oval between league champions St David's and runners-up Southampton Rangers should provide some excitement as another trophy goes up for grabs.
Rangers coach Ricky Brangman has vowed that his team will be taking the competition seriously as they bid to win their third trophy of the season after landing the Belco Cup and then dethroning Willow Cuts as Western Counties champions.
St David's, too, are chasing a third trophy to add to the League and Eastern Counties, with an added incentive of beating a Rangers team that thrashed them in the Belco Cup final in May.
On that occasion, Rangers were dismissed for 150 and then knocked St David's down for just 63. Since then St David's have gone undefeated, including beating Rangers in the league.
“St David's have a good side and we're a good team and I just hope people come out and watch the game because I really think it is going to be a good game,” said Brangman.
“They beat us in the league so it is one-all. We want to beat them again on Sunday and I'm sure they want to beat us. I'm just encouraging everybody to come down and enjoy a good game of cricket.”
Brangman admitted he had seen a fall-off in interest since Cup Match, but attributed some of it to teams losing players to school abroad. He said his players were looking forward to the final and landing another trophy.
“We're still training hard and there are still two cups (Knockout and T20) left,” said Brangman. “Some teams have children who have gone back to college and that is kind of hard too. “We have a couple of fellas who are at Bermuda College but they still come out and train. We should be full strength on Sunday, we're anticipating really giving St David's a go.”
Rangers will be led by in-form captain Dion Stovell who will soon be announced as the Logic Player of the Season.
In Stovell and Janeiro Tucker, Rangers have two explosive batsmen capable of piling on the runs at Sea Breeze Oval.
Stovell was outstanding with the ball in the Belco Cup final, taking five wickets as St David's failed to reach 100.
Both teams had comfortable wins in last weekend's semi-finals, with Rangers skittling Cleveland out for just 70 and St David's beating Bailey's Bay by five wickets after dismissing their opponents for 141.
The Logic Plate final is also scheduled for Sunday with Devonshire Rec meeting Somerset Bridge at Somerset Cricket Club.