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Douglas saga finally concluded

Chris Douglas is expected to be included in Somerset's squad for today's Premier Twenty20 clash with St George's at Lord's (3pm).

The explosive opening batsman's availability had been in doubt after being banned from the ground by his former club St David's County Cricket Club for an unspecified reason.

However, the ban has now been lifted thus paving the way for Douglas to resume playing at the East End venue.

“Chris got a letter [from St David's] that his ban has been lifted, so we are playing at St David's on Saturday,” Michael Corday, the Somerset cricket chairman, confirmed.

“Honestly, if his ban wasn't lifted we were going to play anyway. The boys have supported him [Douglas], but I think it's prudent that we play this Saturday, so we were going to play anyway.

“The team is going to go down and play, but it looks like we're going to be able to play with Chris, so all good.”

The 2020 cricket season was thrown into controversy only two weeks in when Somerset refused to play their July 18 Premier Twenty20 match against Bailey's Bay at Lord's over a long-running dispute between St David's and Douglas.

Somerset only learnt of Douglas's dilemma four days prior to the contest and sought a venue change up to the eleventh hour.

However, their request was rejected, which led to the team's decision against making the long trek east to face Bay who were ultimately awarded the points.

Meanwhile, St David's will be without the services of wicketkeeper Ricardo Brangman for their crucial top of the table Premier T20 clash against unbeaten leaders Southampton Rangers at Lord's tomorrow (3pm).

Brangman will serve the first of a two-game suspension after being found guilty of breaching the Bermuda Cricket Board's Code of Conduct during his team's August 2 match against Bailey's Bay at Somerset Cricket Club. He will be eligible to resume playing on August 23.

Today's Premier T20 clash between Somerset and St George's at Lord's will be preceded by the First Division match pitting Warwick against the Bermuda Under-19s (11am).

Domestic cricket continues tomorrow with double-headers taking place at White Hill Field and Lord's.

Hosts Somerset Bridge will entertain First Division rivals Western Stars at White Hill (11am) which will precede the Premier Division contest between Willow Cuts and Bailey's Bay (3pm).

Devonshire Recreation Club meet First Division rivals Cleveland County at Lord's (11am) before Premier rivals Rangers and St David's square off.

Set to feature: Chris Douglas has been cleared to play at Lord's after his ban was lifted by former club St David's (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published August 08, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated August 08, 2020 at 1:06 am)

Douglas saga finally concluded

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