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Douglas stars as St David's crush Cuts

At home in the West: Douglas starred as St David's completed a second emphatic win in Somerset in two weeks

Somerset Cricket Club (Willow Cuts won toss): St David’s beat Willow Cuts by 142 runs, D/L method

Allan Douglas Jr led the batting and bowling as St David’s had another successful trip to the West End yesterday, picking up their second win in the Logic Premier Division.

Douglas top scored with 46 in a St David’s innings that was reduced to 43 overs, then 38 and then 35 because of rain as the visitors posted 247 for eight.

The former Cleveland captain then had a good spell with the ball, taking four for 12 from six overs of spin as Cuts could only reply with 71, after their target was reduced to 213 in 30 overs because of the weather.

Winning the toss, Cuts struck early when Shea Pitcher was bowled by Dean Stephens with only eight runs on the board. However, a second wicket stand of 72 between Delyone Borden (38) and Fiqre Crockwell (36) steadied the St David’s innings, before Cuts struck again on 80 and then twice on 104 as Kwasi James removed captain OJ Pitcher for seven and then Borden was run out.

However, St David’s relied on some solid knocks in the middle order as Douglas, Dion Stovell (39) and Ajuan Lamb, who was unbeaten on 41, kept the runs flowing late in the innings, as St David’s enjoyed another good batting performance on the Somerset wicket following their 340 in the Belco Cup the weekend before.

Dean Stephens, who took the new ball for Cuts, finished with three for 46 from six overs, while Micah Simons had two for 26 and James two for 47.

Cuts also lost an early wicket when Dwight Basden departed with just six run on the board. Kevin Hurdle, sharing the new ball with Justin Pitcher in the absence of Cejay Outerbridge, added another scalp soon after to make it 21 for two when he removed Shaquille Jones.

Wickets fell regularly after that as Cuts slumped to 49 for five and then 58 for eight before Fiqre Crockwell, usually the wicketkeeper, turned wicket-taker as he claimed the last two wickets from just three balls to wrap up the win for St David’s.

Hurdle and Stovell also took two wickets apiece as Cuts were all out in just 19.3 overs.