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Nekoda provides star turn for Flatts

Tricky game: Flatts coach Clay Smith was happy with his side’s out-cricket against Cleveland (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Nekoda Bascome produced a maiden five-wicket haul in top flight cricket to guide Flatts Victoria to a 19-run victory over Cleveland County in a low-scoring Twenty20 Premier Division contest at Wellington Oval on Sunday.

Playing alongside his father, Nelson Bascome Jr, the 16-year-old off spinner claimed five for 18 as Cleveland were skittled for 81 in 17.3 overs in reply to their Eastern Counties rivals’ 100 for nine.

The first-change bowler opened his account in spectacular fashion in the seventh over after bowling Steven Bremar Jr, the Cleveland captain, with a beautiful ball that turned back sharply.

He then picked up two wickets in five balls in his next over after Makai Young was grabbed at long-off and Dennis Musson was bowled playing an attacking shot to leave Cleveland wobbling at 48 for six.

Bascome continued to pitch the ball in the right areas and was further rewarded when he trapped Gary Whyte leg-before in front and bowled Jelani Richardson to complete a memorable and masterful bowling display.

“A tricky kind of game and if you get some early wickets teams, tend to crumble under pressure, so hats off to the boys,” Clay Smith, the Flatts coach, said. “I thought they fielded really well and bowled some good lines today.”

Bascome received good support from seamer Dajon Carey, who claimed two for 19.

Dean Stephens (14) and Q’shai Darrell (12) were the only Cleveland batsmen managing double figures.

Earlier, Flatts also found runs hard to come by.

They were 76 for three at one stage of their innings but were unable to stay on top of the bowling and lost a bundle of wickets trying to force the issue in the latter overs.

That they posted the total they did owed much to Carey who scored with 41 from 35 balls and added 49 runs for the fourth wicket with Reggie Baker, who chipped in with 17 from 19. Nelson Bascome added a vital 13 from 23 batting at No 8.

“I thought we sold ourselves cheap,” Smith said. “After ten overs we had 70 and should’ve got no less than 130 to give ourselves a much better chance to win, but it is what it is.”

Tybrae Robinson, the Bermuda Under-19 swing bowler, claimed three for 11 with the new ball to lead the Cleveland attack with fellow seamers Stephens and Young taking two each.

Meanwhile, the opening match of a Premier Division double-header at Wellington Oval saw Bailey’s Bay beat hosts St George’s by 48 runs.

Derrick Brangman and Coolidge Durham both hit unbeaten half-centuries, while Jermaine Usher claimed two wickets to lead a Bay attack that kept the St George’s batsmen under wraps.

Brangman blasted 76 from 41 balls and Durham 64 from 59. They added 135 runs for the third wicket to carry Bay to 177 for two after they elected to take first strike on an excellent batting track.

Durham also added 42 runs for the first wicket with the aggressive Stephen Outerbridge (22) before St George’s picked up two wickets in as many balls to put Bay on the back foot until Brangman came to the crease and cut loose.

Carlos Greaves was the pick of the St George’s bowling with two for 14 at just over three an over.

The game was interestingly poised with St George’s 98 for one in the eleventh over in reply.

However, once Bay made the major breakthrough to claim the prized scalp of St George’s danger man Onias Bascome, the home side struggled to keep the scoreboard ticking over and ultimately finished well short of their target at 129 for four.

Bascome led the chase with an aggressive 57 from 35 balls, while sibling Okera Bascome chipped in with a more sedated 30 from as many balls at the top of the order.

The Bascome brothers featured in a 70-run, second-wicket stand that kept their team in the hunt before they suffered a mini-collapse from which they never recovered from.

First-change bowler Usher led the bay attack with two for 20.