Gibbons delivers all-round display
Treadwell Gibbons produced an outstanding all-round display to guide St George's to a 17-run win over Bailey's Bay in a low-scoring 50 overs match at Sea Breeze Oval on Saturday.
He gathered 37 from 30 balls and featured in a half-century partnership with Oronde Bascome — the highest of the innings — before St George's were skittled for 165 in the 42nd over after electing to bat.
Gibbons then underlined his versatility as he held two catches, one behind the stumps during a spell as wicketkeeper, and claimed three for 27 as the home side folded for 148 in 44 overs.
The triumph was St George's second over Bay in three weeks, having beaten them by 69 runs in the Open League also at Sea Breeze Oval on May 12.
The visiting side got off to a decent start with opening pair Mishael Paynter and Onias Bascome adding 41 runs for the first wicket. But the pendulum swung in Bay's favour when both batsmen were dismissed in the space of two runs.
Oronde and captain Macai Simmons put up some resistance before another mini-collapse saw St George's lose their next two wickets for four runs.
At 65 for four, St George's were in desperate need of stability and Gibbons and Bascome answered the call with a timely 66-run partnership that gave them enough runs to defend.
Gibbons thumped two sixes and three fours during his whirlwind innings and looked set at the crease before being bowled by Kyle Hodsoll.
Bascome carried the fight on after Gibbons's departure but ran out of partners as Zeko Burgess blew away the tail during a devastating second spell that saw St George's last five wickets fall for 34 runs.
Bascome remained unbeaten with 39 from 89 that included two fours. Opener Onias Bascome (22), Paynter (14) and Jelani Carlington (11) were the only other St George's batsmen in double figures. Burgess led the Bay attack with four for 48.
With an asking rate of three runs per over, Bay got off to a horrendous start as Onais Bascome, Simmons and Gibbons sliced through the top order to leave the hosts reeling at 50 for five in the 21st over.
Stephen Outerbridge and Brangman added 45 runs for the sixth wicket to put the run chase back on track.
But St George's struck another telling blow when Gibbons took a brilliant return catch to dismiss Outerbridge, the last of the recognised Bay batsmen, for 47. Outerbridge's dismissal triggered a slide that saw Bay lose three wickets with no addition to the score.
Hodsoll and Burgess produced some late fireworks to keep Bay in with a fighting chance. The pair added 53 runs for the ninth wicket but it was not enough as Oronde Bascome claimed the last two Bay wickets in successive deliveries.
Burgess scored a run a ball 28, while Hodsoll was unbeaten on 21. Trott and Brangman were the only other Bay batsmen to reach double figures.
Onias Bascome and Simmons also claimed two wickets each for the visiting side.