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Impressive Bay back on track

Big hit: Stephen Outerbridge hits a six to hand Bailey’s Bay an eight-wicket victory over Flatts at Sea Breeze Oval yesterday(Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Bailey’s Bay made up for last weekend’s rained out match against Southampton Rangers with two impressive victories over St David’s and Flatts Victoria in the Twenty20 Premier Division at the weekend.

They dismissed Flatts for 104 in 18.3 overs at Sea Breeze Oval yesterday, before reaching 108 for two after former captain Stephen Outerbridge sealed the win with consecutive sixes over mid-wicket off Koda Bascome.

The first brought up the hundred and the second passed the Flatts score.

Bay were given a good start with Coolidge Durham and Rodney Trott putting on 56 for the first wicket in 9.1 overs.

Durham was dismissed for 38 when he attempted to sweep a delivery from Regino Smith and the ball popped up for wicketkeeper Cofield Robinson to take the catch. Umpire Craig Brangman raised his finger after being convinced the ball hit the bat.

Durham hit three fours and three sixes in his 33-ball knock as Trott (21 not out) and Shaquille Outerbridge took them to the brink of victory, carrying the score to 91 when Outerbridge departed for a run-a-ball 26 before lofting a catch to Christof Van Tonder at long-on.

Earlier, Flatts were led by Reggie Baker’s 51 not out in the middle order and 32 from 28 balls by No 3 James Celestine, the only two batsmen in double figures.

Baker hit a four and five sixes off 43 balls while Celestine hit a four and three sixes, the pair taking the score from 12 for five in just the fifth over with a partnership of 58 in seven overs.

Wickets fell regularly again after Celestine’s dismissal on 70 for six as the last four batsmen scored just three runs between them. Kyle Hodsoll did the damage with the ball, taking five for eight from four overs and with a maiden while Nyhrobi Carmichael took two for 23 from four overs.

On Saturday, Bay claimed a major scalp when they beat T20 champions St David’s by nine wickets.

St David’s were restricted to 122 for nine and Bay reached 124 for one in 17.2 overs after Rodney Trott and Coolidge Durham put on 120 for the first wicket in 17.1 overs. Durham fell for 62 from 56 balls with five fours and four sixes while Trott carried his bat through for 50 not out off 48 balls.

St David’s were led by 46 by captain Chris Douglas while Justin Pitcher scored 18 and opener Lionel Cann 16. Derrick Brangman led the Bay bowling with four for 22 while Hodsoll claimed three for 26 as St David’s slipped from 83 for four after 13 overs.

“I think we had a good weekend; we’re still trying to get over our hindrance of chasing [totals],” Terryn Fray, the Bay captain, said. “The majority of the games this year we have decided to bowl first and to try to work on chasing totals and we’re doing good.

“Yesterday, the guys batted really well against St David’s, winning by nine wickets but it should have been ten.

“It was a emphatic win against our main rivals, so that was good. Today against Flatts we conceded the toss and they wanted to bat first. We bowled well and chased the total down comfortably by eight wickets. The batsmen are starting to bat, guys who weren’t doing too good at the start of the season are starting to see the rewards of training hard.

“This [tournament] is definitely on our radar, although it wasn’t at the start of the season when we wanted to use the T20 to rotate a lot of the youngsters.

“However, we’re still winning so the goal has changed a little bit. We realise the position we are in and we want to capitalise.”

Fray praised Durham for his two good knocks on the weekend. “Coolie works hard, probably works the hardest in the team so he deserves whatever comes his way,” he said. “He was getting a little frustrated early on but he’s settled in and is timing the ball nicely now.”