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Rangers left short-handed for Cuts clash

Short-handed: Stovell, centre, is one of four players missing from the Rangers side for today's match. (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Southampton Rangers, the unbeaten Premier Division leaders, will have to dig into their ranks to field a strong team to meet Willow Cuts today in a make-up Premier Division match at Southampton Oval. Rangers have four players involved in today’s county match, Dion Stovell and Hasan Durham with Cleveland and Vernon Eve and Ryan Belboda with Flatts.

Rangers took a giant step towards the title when they beat second place Bailey’s Bay by ten runs in a low-scoring match but the depth of their squad will be tested today as they seek replacements for the match against Willow Cuts, the new Western Counties champions.

Tomorrow, Rangers travel west to meet an unpredictable Somerset team, while St David’s host Willow Cuts and Bailey’s Bay entertain their Eastern Counties rivals Flatts at Sea Breeze Oval.

In the First Division, Devonshire Rec will be missing Steven Bremar and Lamont Brangman for their crucial top-of-the-table clash with Western Stars who can virtually clinch the automatic promotion spot at St John’s Field tomorrow. The pair were banned for their conduct in last weekend’s match against St George’s.

Bremar pleaded guilty to a Level 2 charge of showing serious dissent at an umpire’s decision and received a two-game suspension, while Brangman pleaded guilty to a Level 1 charge of abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings and has been suspended for one match.

Unbeaten leaders Stars will go into the match with a 22 point lead over second placed Devonshire.

In other matches this weekend, Warwick play St George’s at Southampton Oval and PHC take on Somerset Bridge at White Hill Field.

• The Bermuda under-14s and under-16s missed another day’s cricket yesterday when rain left the ground too wet to play. The squads spent the day training in the nets at Bedes School instead.