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Jordan DeSilva will be the only guest player in today's Central Counties, playing for Tuff Dogs against North Village at St John's Field (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Jordan Desilva of Somerset will be the only guest player in today’s second round of the Central Counties when holders Tuff Dogs play North Village at St John’s Field.

A full slate of Twenty20 matches this weekend means that Bailey’s Bay pair Terryn Fray and Derrick Brangman will be with their team at St David’s today. DeSilva, the Somerset captain, has opted to play in the counties while his team plays Warwick today.

DeSilva and Brangman have played huge roles for Tuff Dogs since the Evening Cricket League team made their debut in the competition last season.

Both players scored centuries against Western Stars in the first round of this year’s competition. Tuff Dogs will also be without their veteran wicketkeeper Dean Minors who is recovering from a recent bike accident.

Kwame Tucker, the former Southampton Rangers wicketkeeper, is one of the changes for Tuff Dogs who were convincing winners over North Village in the final last season when Fray was their only guest player.

“I’m not sure Kwame is quite up to wicketkeeping so I’ll probably handle the keeping duties for the first half of the game until I have to bowl, then will let him keep,” captain Terence Corday said yesterday. “Dean will be out for a couple of weeks, hopefully back for the last round should we make it.”

In last year’s final, Tuff Dogs amassed 427 after being sent in by North Village captain Allen Walker, claiming a massive 347-run victory after Village were dismissed for just 80 in the first all-Evening League counties final. The winners of this match will meet Devonshire Rec in the final on June 22.

nA total of twelve T20 matches are scheduled in the two divisions this weekend, with Premier Division champions St David’s meeting Bailey’s Bay at Lord’s at 3pm. St George’s will play Cleveland at Wellington Oval and Southampton host Flatts at Southampton Oval.

In the First Division, Devonshire Rec play Western Stars at the Rec, Somerset Bridge meet Willow Cuts at White Hill Field and Somerset take on Warwick at Somerset, all starting at 3pm. Tomorrow, St David’s host St George’s at Lord’s at 11am, followed by Southampton Rangers against Cleveland at 3pm Bailey’s Bay meet Flatts at Sea Breeze Oval at 11am. In the First Division on Sunday, PHC take on Devonshire Rec at PHC Field, Western Stars play Somerset Bridge at St John’s and Willow Cuts and Warwick play at Somerset, all starting at 11am.

Tuff Dogs will be without Dean Minors and Derrick Brangman for today's Central Counties clash against North Village, one injured and the other playing for his club team, Bailey's Bay (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)