O’Brien wins another award for St David’s
St David’s won a second straight One Premier Division Player of the Week award, with seam bowler George O’Brien winning the honour while Charles Trott of PHC was the first division’s Player of the Week.
Just one match in each division survived last Sunday’s rain, with champions St David’s making it two wins out of two after beating Somerset by seven wickets in a match reduced to 20 overs a side. O’Brien’s figures of four for 18 from four overs, supported by four for 30 by spinner Delyone Borden, restricted Somerset to 89. St David’s took just ten overs to reach 90 for three as Allan Douglas scored 33 and opener Ajuan Lamb 27 not out.
In the first Division match, PHC beat Warwick by seven wickets, replying to Warwick’s 105 for five with 107 for three. Trott scored 34 not out and shared in an unbroken stand of 61 for the fourth wicket with Romel McDonald, who finished with 41 not out. Earlier Trott bowled four overs with three maidens and gave up just two runs.
League action continues on Sunday with St David’s visiting St John’s Field, venue of their only league loss last season when Stars pulled off a shock one-wicket win last August. Brian Hall was the star for Stars that day with 71 from 85 balls as the home team pulled off an unlikely victory to ensure their survival in the top division.
Stars are even stronger this year with Tre Manders, Jekon Edness and Jacobi Robinson all returning to boost their ranks and they could give St David’s their biggest test so far after two comfortable wins. Stars won their opening match against Somerset by four wickets before last weekend’s match with Southampton Rangers was hit by the rain.
Rangers, opening day winners over Bailey’s Bay two weeks ago, host Cleveland at Southampton Oval while Bay will be hoping for a change of fortunes at home when they welcome Somerset to Sea Breeze Oval. Bay recently lost two close home matches in the last over, going down by one run to St David’s in the Twenty20 final before Southampton Rangers handed them a three-wicket loss in their league opener.
Western Stars will also be in action tomorrow when they take on Tuff Dogs in the second round of the Central Counties at St John’s Field. Tuff Dogs, with veteran wicketkeeper Dean Minors in their ranks, also have former Bermuda international, Arnold Manders, playing for them. However, Manders will not play in the match as he is also the Western Stars coach.
n The West made a clean sweep of the Axis Girls All-Star cricket matches yesterday at the National Sports Centre after beating the East in both the Primary and Middle schools matches.
In the Primary schools match the West won by 26 runs after scoring 76 and then reducing the East to 50.
In the Middle schools, the West edged out the East by just seven runs after the East needed 11 runs in their final over. The West scored 90 and then restricted the East to 83 as Brianna Ray scored 20 for the East before retiring. She was named the MVP for the East while Danni Watson was the MVP for the West.
n Organiser Hoyt Zuill is sending an invitation to any players interested in playing in this year’s second Warrington “Soup” Zuill Masters T20 League to contact him on email@example.com or 504-4698. Players must be 35 years or older to play in the league.