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Minors leads Tuff Dogs to Plate glory

Dean Minors scored 91 not out and then had two stumpings and a catch as wicketkeeper as Tuff Dogs easily beat Devonshire Rec by 79 runs in the Twenty20 Plate final at Sea Breeze Oval yesterday.

Minors faced only 40 balls, smashing eight fours and seven sixes as he and McLaren Lowe (44 not out) put on 136 for the unbroken fourth wicket, carrying the score from 57 to 193 for three.

Lowe faced 34 balls and hit three fours and three sixes as he helped Minors put on 81 in the last five overs to post an imposing total.

Rec were then dismissed for just 114 in 18.1 overs.

“I'm enjoying playing with this group of guys, this is now my third season and they help me to enjoy my cricket,” said Minors, 47, who is a former Bermuda and St George's Cup Match player.

“The captain Terrance Corday made me a promise, ‘come and play with Tuff Dogs, we know you love the game and you can still keep yourself in good shape and have fun',” Minors said of the move to the Evening Cricket League team. “It's almost as though I've found a new love for the game, the guys respect the game and play it in good spirits.”

Omar Hart was the pick of the Rec bowlers, taking two for 18 off three overs as Rec struggled to contain the veterans after winning the toss and sending them in.

Hewvonnie Brown offered some resistance for Devonshire Rec in their reply with his 73 not out off 47 balls, but the target was always going to be too steep for them.

Brown, coming in at No 4, hit nine fours and five sixes while Ronald Gibbons scored 20 as they added 39 for the third wicket after coming together at 13 for two.

Another Tuff Dogs veteran, Arnold Manders, took three for 15 off his four overs of spin and Tim Davis chipped in with two for eight.

Dean Minors can't hide his joy aftter stumping Devonshire Rec batsman Dheeraj Singh down the legside during the Twenty20 Plate final. Minors earlier scored 91 not out in the Tuff Dogs total of 193-3 (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published May 29, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 29, 2017 at 2:38 am)

Minors leads Tuff Dogs to Plate glory

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