Simmons shines for St George’s
Lord's (Devonshire Rec won toss): St George's beat Devonshire by 39 runs
A top knock of 58 by captain Macai Simmons enabled St George's to reach a match-winning total of 100 in a T20 match that was reduced to 11 overs a side because of rain.
Devonshire Rec had a slow start in their reply and eventually finished with 61 for four.
St George's lost openers Jahron Dickinson and Ryan Steede with only 28 on the board before Simmonsanchored the recovery, facing 34 balls and hitting five fours and three sixes off 34 balls as he carried his bat to the end of the innings.
Simmons and Richard Toddadded 38 for the fourth wicket with Todd contributing 28 as they accelerated the scoring midway through the overs.
Jodi Maroni, who bowled Dickinson and had Steede caught behind by Hewonnie Brown, led the Rec bowling with two for 18 from three overs.
Talbot, opening with Dapo Fredericks, went cheaply, bowled by Macai Hodsoll in his first over with only five on the board. Frederick was the top batsman for Rec with 15 runs, taking 26 balls to score his runs as the required run rate climbed. He eventually retired as Brown came in to add some fireworks in the last couple of overs.
Brown's knock of 14 off just four balls from two fours and a six was a little too late as St George's held on for an easy opening win in group A2, joining Bailey's Bay on ten points.