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Cleveland give survival hopes a boost

Wellington Oval (Cleveland won toss): Cleveland beat Western Stars by 46 runs

Cleveland assured another play-off battle for survival when they defeated Western Stars thanks to a good all-round performance from Steven Bremar.

Batting at No 7, Bremar rescued the home side from 77 for five, scoring 53 after sharing in a seventh-wicket stand of 46 with Damali Bell.

After Bremar's departure on 148, Cleveland added 19 more runs for the last three wickets to finish on 167, a total too steep for Stars who were dismissed for 121 in 28.1 overs.

Cleveland had a good foundation when Adrian Burrows (26) and Aaron Adams (30) put on 52 for the first wicket. But once the stand was broken wickets started to fall quickly as the next four batsmen all failed to reach double figures before Bremar and Bell (11) staged a late recovery.

Dalin Richardson led the Stars bowling with four for 15 while Brian Hall took two for 38 and Khyri Furbert two for 30.

Stars never seriously threatened to chase down the runs after Wayne Campbell and Temiko Wilson were bowled in the same over from Bell.

Treadwell Gibbons (27) and captain Justin Robinson (19) staged a brief recovery, adding 41 for the third wicket before Stars slumped to 69 for eight.

Swayne Campbell, with 14 at No 10, and last man Khyri Furbert, unbeaten on 20, delayed Cleveland's victory with a defiant stand of 32 for the final wicket.

Dennis Musson, Bell and Bremar took three wickets apiece before Isaiah Creighton took the final wicket of Campbell.

Solid start: Burrows laid the foundations for Cleveland's vital win (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published August 29, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 29, 2016 at 8:10 am)

Cleveland give survival hopes a boost

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