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Revenge on Rangers’ minds

Back in action: Janeiro Tucker is set to play against St David’s after missing the first game (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Southampton Rangers will be looking to exact revenge on unbeaten One 50 Overs Premier Division leaders St David’s in an intriguing top-of-the-table clash at Southampton Oval tomorrow.

St David’s hold a four-point advantage and a superior net run rate over second-placed Rangers and have yet to taste defeat in five league outings this season.

Rangers have been forced to play catch up after losing their league opener against St David’s — their only loss to date — by two wickets in a low-scoring affair at Lord’s last month.

Rangers stalwart Janeiro Tucker did not play in the first encounter between the two clubs but is expected to be available for tomorrow’s vital clash.

The top-of-the-table clash features some of the league’s most in form players.

Malachi Jones, the Rangers seam bowler, is the second leading wicket taker with ten wickets.

George O’Brien, of St David’s, is joint third among a bunch of players with nine so far.

Dion Stovell, the Rangers captain and former St David’s player, is third in the run aggregates with 182 from five matches, averaging 60.67 with a high score of 106.

In fifth is Islanders all-rounder Alan Douglas, with 149 runs at an average of 37.25 and high score of 97.

Elsewhere tomorrow, third placed St George’s will look to bounce back from back-to-back home losses to Rangers and St David’s when they play host to winless Somerset at Wellington Oval.

St George’s won the first encounter between the two Cup Match rivals by 47 runs in a high-scoring affair at Somerset Cricket Club last month where Mishael Paynter blasted a career-best 155 and Macai Simmons, the captain, claimed three for 55.

In Treadwell Gibbons, Onias Bascome and Paynter St George’s boast some of the league’s top performers at the moment.

Gibbons (217) and Paynter (213) are the league’s top two run getters while Bascome is the top wicket taker with eleven at an average of 15.91 and match figures of five for 17.

Jordan DeSilva, the captain, is Somerset’s leading wicket taker with eight wickets while Greg Maybury, better known for his seam bowling exploits with the new ball, is their top run getter and fourth in the league with 134 runs under his belt at an average of 41.50 and high score of 134.

Tomorrow’s remaining top flight match will see fourth placed Bailey’s Bay travel to St John’s Field to face fifth placed Western Stars.

The home side picked up their first win of the season away to Somerset in their previous outing while Bay slumped to their third loss of the campaign away to Rangers.

Meanwhile, One 50 Overs First Division league play resumes today with leaders Flatts taking on fifth placed Cleveland County at the National Sports Centre.

Second placed Willow Cuts host third placed Warwick at Somerset Cricket Club with fourth placed Somerset Bridge doing battle with last placed PHC, who are still without a win this season, at White Hill Field.

First Division action then continues tomorrow with Flatts pitted against Willow Cuts at Lords, PHC hosting Cleveland at PHC Field and Devonshire taking on Somerset Bridge at Devonshire Recreation Club.