Brangman puts PHC to the sword
Lamont Brangman produced a devastating spell of bowling that laid the foundation for champions Southampton Rangers’s nine-wicket win over challengers PHC in the second round of the Western Counties at PHC Field yesterday.
The 30-year old left-arm seam bowler was virtually unplayable on the way to his best display in the competition of four for ten off 6.3 overs with three maidens.
Brangman tormented the batsman with his nagging line and length, which played a huge factor in PHC being dismissed for a paltry 62 in 25.3 overs.
“I just kept my line and length and my team-mates held their catches,” Brangman said.
“It was a nice wicket to bat on and I just bowled stump to stump. You miss, I hit.”
Janeiro Tucker, the Rangers player-coach, hailed the bowler’s display.
“Lamont bowled really good,” he said. “I thought he hit the right areas.”
PHC found themselves in early trouble at 17 for three after electing to bat.
Tucker made the initial breakthrough in the fourth over when he had opener JaiQnni Outerbridge (4) caught by Dion Stovell, the Rangers captain, and it was all downhill from there for PHC as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.
The experienced all rounder claimed two for 16 from six overs. Opener Ellsworth Bean (23) was the only PHC batsman in double figures.
“I thought they would have sent us in,” Tucker said. “I don’t know what their plan was but I know I had a plan. My plan was to bowl them out for 60 runs, and they got 62.”
Rangers replied with 63 for one and reached their target in exactly nine overs with Brangman’s elder sibling, Ricardo Brangman Jr, the wicketkeeper-batsman, leading the run chase with an unbeaten 39 from 35 balls that contained two sixes and three fours.
He added 34 runs for the first wicket with Shannon Rayner (9) and another 29 in a second-wicket partnership with Stovell (11), which carried Rangers across the line. Rangers lost opener Rayner who was bowled by Outerbridge in the sixth over.
However, that was as good it got for the challengers as Brangman and Stovell knocked off the remaining runs in just 3.4 overs.
“We are here to win and if you want to beat us you have to be a good team,” Tucker said.
“We are not taking any team for granted, but at the end of the day when you come out there to play the best we are going to show you why we are the best.”
Rangers will meet Willow Cuts in the third round at PHC Field on August 10.