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Jones shows age is just a number

(Photograph by Akil Simmons)Sherlock (right), the Sheridan Blues captain and wicketkeeper, crosses for a single with man of the match Jones.

Olin Jones rolled back the years with a man-of-the-match performance to guide the Sheridan Blues to a convincing 74-run victory over Harley Rangers during last weekend’s Sheridan Raynor Community Day at Southampton Oval.

The former Rangers, Bermuda and Somerset Cup Match batsmen top scored with 37 before retiring and then returned figures of one for 16 with his off spin. The Sheridan Blues posted 180 before being dismissed in the penultimate over of the 35-over exhibition match after being put into bat.

Michael Brangman, another former Rangers batsman, chipped in with 27 before also retiring.

Kevin Tucker, who plays for Rangers’ Logic Premier Division side, was the pick of the Harley Rangers bowling with two for six. In reply, the Harley Rangers were dismissed for 106 in 19 overs.

Jerez Eve, the son of Rangers’ left-arm spinner Vernon Eve, led the run chase with 16. Among the Harley Rangers batsmen dismissed cheaply were Cup Match pair Janeiro Tucker and Lionel Cann.

Tucker was bowled by Brangman for three while Cann was stumped by Quinton Sherlock, the wicketkeeper and Sheridan Blues captain, off the bowling of Jones for one.

Gary Crofton, the former Rangers and Somerset Bridge seam bowler, led the Sheridan Blues attack with two for nine, while Brangman took two for 12. The Harley Rangers were captained by Jason “Ghost” Raynor.

After the match former Cup Match rivals Eldon Raynor and Shiraz Ali were honoured for their contributions to local cricket.

The late Sheridan Raynor is regarded as one of the finest all-rounders Bermuda has produced. He is the first Bermudian batsman to score a century against first-class opposition and the first to score a century in Cup Match on a turf wicket.

As well as the exhibition match, Saturday’s family-oriented event also featured various free activities for the children and a bowl-off for prizes.

All proceeds will go to Rangers’ junior cricket programme.

“The event was a success and I would like to thank all the players for participating and spectators for coming out and supporting,” Kwame Tucker, the event co-founder, said.

“I would also like to thank our sponsors, who without this event would not be possible, as well as the umpires and scorer.”