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Borden shines as St David’s ease past Cuts

In form: Borden was the key man in St David's win

Delyone Borden, the St David’s all-rounder, shone with bat and ball in his team’s comfortable seven-wicket victory over Willow Cuts in their opening game of the Premier Division Twenty20 tournament on Saturday.

Borden claimed three wickets for just 11 runs from four overs before scoring 35 not out as St David’s chased down Willow Cuts’ paltry total of 64 with ten overs to spare at Lord’s.

The East Enders won the toss and quickly set about dismantling their opponent’s top order, reducing Cuts to two runs for the loss of four wickets as Shaquille Bean, Sheroy Fubler and Kwasi Furbert all fell without scoring.

Dean Stephens, the experienced left-handed batsman, briefly stopped the rot and helped put on 26 runs for the fifth wicket before Kevon Fubler, the Cuts captain, was enticed out of his crease by off spinner Borden with Fiqre Crockwell completing the stumping.

The wickets continued to fall steadily with Borden dismissing Kamal Bashir and Rasheed Ebbin before Stephen’s spirited knock of 25 came to end when he was caught by Cejay Outerbridge at deep midwicket off the bowling of Dean Simons.

Cuts’ total of 64 off 13.5 overs was never going to be enough to defend, although Stephens did cause St David’s some early problems with his left-arm seam bowling. He bowled opening batsman Crockwell for nought, before trapping Ajuan Lambe leg before wicket for a golden duck.

St David’s were 20 for three when Kevin Hurdle was bowled without troubling the scorers by Micah Simons, bringing Justin Pitcher to the crease. Pitcher, who scored 20 not out, and Borden wasted no time in reasserting their team’s dominance, however, with several lusty blows and well-placed shots.

George Cannonier, the St David’s coach, said he was satisfied with side’s early-season form but admitted his batsmen needed to apply themselves far better than they did against Cuts.

“Our outfield game has been outstanding but our batting needs a little more attention,” said Cannonier, who has returned the club as head coach, a position he previously held six years ago.

“When you’re chasing low scores it’s not necessary to go full out and we could have just taken singles.

“The ball was coming off the wicket slow and the players said it was sticking a little. But at least the game was over early, so I can’t complain.”

In Saturday’s earlier game at Lord’s, Southampton Rangers enjoyed a convincing 56-run win over Cleveland County.

Rangers set Cleveland 148 to win, with Curtis Jackson top scoring with 57 off 40 balls, including four fours and sixes, while Kevin Tucker also weighed in with an eye-catching 47.

After a pedestrian start to their innings, scoring just 34 off the first tens overs, Jackson and Tucker accelerated the run rate with Cleveland’s slow bowlers Allan Douglas and Tamauri Tucker finding themselves on the end of some brutal treatment.

Cleveland’s batsmen offered very little resolve in reply, losing three wickets during one superb over from seamer Ryan Belboda from the Pavilion End to reduce them to 30 for three.

Jacobi Butterfield and Brice Daniel were the only Cleveland batsmen to show any real resistance, scoring 24 and 19 respectively, with their team skittled out for 92 off 18.2 overs.

Kwame Tucker, the Rangers captain, said he was delighted with his team’s total on a difficult wicket to score runs on.

“We played very well today and we’re coming along and training well together,” Tucker said. “We’ve lost a lot of players but the harmony is still there and the players are willing to put the effort in.

“We set out for 120 because the wicket is very slow and 140 was a bonus for us. In T20 the last seven overs is the main part of the game and that’s what we waited for.”

Clay Smith, the Cleveland coach, was left lamenting the expensive spells of his slow bowlers during a run-laden final ten overs. “My spinners were not up to par today and that really cost us,” Smith said. “For them [Rangers] to get that sort of total was a little disheartening.”