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St David’s, Bay reach Belco Cup final

St David’s and Bailey’s Bay advanced to Sunday’s last Belco Cup final after scoring convincing semi-final victories over holders Southampton Rangers and Cleveland at Somerset Cricket Club and Lord’s on Saturday.

St David’s thrashed Rangers by 232 runs at Somerset where opener Delyone Borden scored 100 to lay the foundation for a massive St David’s total of 340 for five.

At St David’s, Bailey’s Bay defeated Cleveland by 73 runs, scoring 188 and then dismissing their Eastern Counties rivals for 115.

For St David’s, Borden and Fiqre Crockwell (66) shared in a second wicket stand of 129 before Borden and captain OJ Pitcher added a further 100 for the third wicket as the Rangers bowlers toiled in the heat. Pitcher scored 78 and Allan Douglas Jr 34 during another important stand for St David’s, this one worth 73 for the fourth wicket.

Rangers never looked capable of making a serious run chase and were all out for 108 in 31.5 overs, with Ryan Belboda (16) and Vernon Eve (10) ensuring they reached 100 for the second straight match after adding 32 for the ninth wicket after coming together at 72 for eight. Captain Janeiro Tucker was high man for Rangers with 22 while Rohaan Simons scored 16.

Rudell Pitcher led the St David’s bowling with three for three from three overs while Outerbridge, Justin Pitcher and Stovell all claimed two wickets.

In the other match at Lord’s, Cleveland did well to restrict Bailey’s Bay to 188 in 45.3 overs after winning the toss, but fell well short of their target. High men for Bay were opener Pierre Smith with 42 and number eight bat Derrick Brangman who scored 37 from 50 balls.

Dennis Musson, the Cleveland captain, and spinner Isaiah Creighton claimed three wickets each for 35 and 34 runs.

Cleveland struggled in their reply as Clay Darrel led the reply with 32 and Musson scored nineteen.

Spinner Derrick Brangman claimed the last four Cleveland wickets to finish with four for 21 from 5.5 overs while captain Rodney Trott took three for 26 off ten.