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Cup Match spinner Govia turns arm to seam

Bailey's Bay have lost one Tre and gained another for this season as they again look to be one of the main contenders for league and cup honours.

Batsman Tre Manders has returned to his boyhood club Western Stars while Tre Govia, a talented spinner before suffering a shoulder injury years ago, is back with Bay having converted to bowling seam.

“Tre Govia is back and finally healed from his shoulder operation and has been out in training,” Irving Romaine, the Bay coach, said.

“After he got injured in Cup Match he finally had his shoulder operation and is 100 per cent back, so we lose one and gain one. With Tre Manders, that's his home club, his uncle [Arnold Manders] is coaching, he wanted to go back and there's no hard feelings with us. He's still qualified for Eastern Counties.”

Govia was a promising leg spinner when he made his debut for St George's in Cup Match in 2008 at the age of 15.

“He hit the fence and messed up his shoulder when he was fielding the ball and it never healed properly,” Romaine said.

“Now he's in the nets bowling seam. Because he bowled out of the back of the hand it was a strain on his shoulder. He's bowling seam very well.”

Bay opened the defence of their Twenty20 title last weekend in a low-key start to the season, beating Evening Cricket League side Tuff Dogs by 32 runs. Bay scored 147 for six in their 20 overs with Terryn Fray hitting 50, before restricting Tuff Dogs to 115 for seven as veteran Dean Minors led their batting with 71 not out.

The Bay pair of Kyle Hodsoll and Derrick Brangman had them wobbling at 15 for seven before Minors led the Tuff Dogs recovery. Hodsoll claimed four wickets and Brangman three.

“We put on other bowlers and definitely eased off the throttle,” Romaine said. “Guys out there having fun, laughing and joking. It's nice to have other teams in it. Teams like us who have an abundance of players, you can put different guys in at different times, it's not all high pressure when you have to play your big names.

“You get to change three or four every week, which is good for us, and we're taking the tournament that way.

“We have youngsters coming through who are too old for under-14s, turning 15 or 16 and it's time to give them some valuable playing time.”

The format for this year's tournament has changed with Bay, the Premier Division winners the previous two years, in group A2 with Tuff Dogs and Devonshire Recreation Club and St George's who play each other on Sunday at Lord's.

Group B1 contains Warwick Workmen's Club, Flatts, Western Stars and Southampton Rangers, while St David's, North Village, Somerset Cricket Club and Somerset Bridge make up group B2.

St David's beat Village, another Evening League team, in last weekend's other match by 100 runs. Group A1 has three teams, PHC, Willow Cuts and Cleveland County.

There are double-headers at St David's and Somerset Cricket Club on Sunday.

St George's play Devonshire Rec in the 11am match before Western Stars take on Flatts at 3.30pm.

At Somerset, Willow Cuts meet PHC in the first match before Southampton Rangers, last year's losing finalists, play Warwick.

n The Bermuda Cricket Board has confirmed four late transfers: Ronald Gibbons joins Devonshire Rec from St George's; Micah Simons heads to Somerset from Willow Cuts while Tyshaun Brown moves in the opposite direction. Shakeal Outerbridge has signed for Cuts from Warwick.

Forced to change: Govia has switched from spin to seam

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Published May 05, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 05, 2017 at 1:12 am)

Cup Match spinner Govia turns arm to seam

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