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Somerset pile on misery for St George’s

Photograph by Lawrence TrottEdness hit a valuable 24 to help Somerset recover from 77 for six against St George's in the First Division T20 final

Somerset picked up their second trophy of the season as rivals St George’s completed a miserable weekend in the West End by losing in the First Division Twenty20 final.

Somerset, who have already won the league and clinched promotion back to the Premier Division, ended their season on a high after another victory over St George’s.

They posted 144 for nine in their 20 overs after opting to bat first. St George’s replied with 109 for nine.

Reid Jones and Jekon Edness, batting at No 7 and 8, led their batting with knocks of 28 and 24 after St George’s had them in some trouble at 54 for four after nine overs.

The experienced pair added 23 for the sixth wicket in three overs with Reid hitting three fours and a six and Edness three fours.

St George’s struck in the first over of the match, removing captain Jordan DeSilva without scoring.

But a second wicket stand of 31 in five overs between opener Greg Maybury, who scored 15, and Justin Corday, who added 17, steadied the innings before St George’s hit back with four wickets in the space of three overs.

Somerset eventually added 90 runs in the final 11 overs, their total boosted further when St George’s were penalised 12 runs for a slow overs rate.

Onias Bascome was their top bowler for the East Enders with three for 33 from his four overs while father Herbie Bascome took two for 28 off four.

The St George’s run chase did not have the best start, with Ryan Steede departing in the third over to a catch behind off Maybury, although he stood at the crease for quite some time to show his displeasure with the decision.

Onias Bascome was out next over to make it 14 for two before a third-wicket stand of 45 between opener Ankoma Cannonier and Oronde Bascome in eight overs gave St George’s renewed hope.

They brought up the 50 in the tenth over but the wheels came off in the next five overs when four wickets went down for 33 runs to leave them in deep trouble at 88 for six and with 57 runs now needed from the final five overs.

Joshua Gilbert rocked St George’s with three wickets in two overs in his second spell as he removed Bascome and then in his next over claimed the scalps of Herbie Bascome and Troy Hall.

Cannonier led the St George’s batting with 27 before he was the seventh out in the sixteenth over.

Gilbert finished with four for 18 after opening the bowling while Jordan DeSilva claimed the key wickets of Cannonier and captain Macai Simmons to finish with two for 16.