Brangman ban forces Rangers to make a change
Southampton Rangers have been forced to make at least one change to the squad that beat Willow Cuts in the previous round ahead of tomorrow's Western Counties final round clash with Somerset Bridge at PHC Field.
Ricardo Brangman, the wicketkeeper, is serving a three-match ban after being found guilty by a Bermuda Cricket Board disciplinary committee of a Level 2 charge.
The son of Rangers coach and former captain, Ricky Sr, was found guilty of using language or gestures deemed seriously obscene, offensive or insulting to other players, match official or coaching staff.
Brangman, whose case was dealt with by the disciplinary committee on August 11, has been banned until August 22.
Kwame Tucker, once Rangers' regular wicketkeeper, is expected to take over the gloves from the suspended Brangman whose sibling, Derrick, is believed to be among those that could be drafted into the squad as his replacement.
The Western Counties Cup changed hands for the first time in this year's series after Rangers beat Cuts by 36 runs in a thrilling contest at PHC Field on August 6.
Led by explosive knocks of 97 and 90 from Janeiro Tucker, the captain, and guest player Dion Stovell, Rangers posted 272 for eight in their allotted 50 overs after being sent to bat.
Tucker and Stovell led a fightback after Rangers were reduced to 68 for four, adding 106 runs for the fifth wicket to steady the ship.
Both batsmen ultimately fell shy of what would have been well-earned centuries, Stovell walking despite the umpire ignoring confident appeals for a catch behind, while Tucker was caught in the covers after getting a thick outside edge with three balls remaining in the innings.
Stovell then capped off another fine all round display by claiming three wickets with his off spin as Cuts folded in the 47th over for 236. Hasan Durham, the left arm spinner, also claimed three wickets for the then challengers.
Guest player Chris Douglas topped the Cuts batting with a polished 67 while Kamal Bashir, the seamer, claimed four for 43 to lead the attack.