Fray guides Bay home
White Hill Field (Willow Cuts won toss): Bailey's Bay (10pts) beat Willow Cuts by seven wickets
Terryn Fray produced a captain's innings to steer Bailey's Bay to a seven-wicket win over Willow Cuts in a Premier Division Twenty20 match reduced to 14 overs because of rain at White Hill Field yesterday.
Fray came to the crease with his team in a spot of bother at 16 for two in reply to Cuts' 83 for seven and steadied the ship with some responsible batting on a sticky wicket.
Fray scored an unbeaten 39 from 28 balls, which included four fours and a six, and shared a fourth-wicket partnership with Cameron Jeffers that clinched Bay's third win of the season with 18 balls to spare.
“It was one of those totals that on a wicket like this can be tricky if you lose wickets early and we lost three wickets pretty early,” Fray said. “But myself and Cameron came together and batted it out.”
Jeffers stroked 18 from 17 deliveries and ended the game in style with the second of his two boundaries. Shamar Gomes was the pick of the Cuts bowling attack with two for 15. Cuts were left to rue a string of missed catches, including Fray early in his innings.
Bay's run chase was not without controversy as opener Shaquille Outerbridge appeared to have been bowled by Cuts all-rounder Kwasi James but was not given out by the umpire.
Earlier, seam bowler Jahre Blakeney exploited the conditions on the way to superb figures of three for 17 off three overs.
New-ball pair Jordan Burgess and Sancho Jackson were also virtually unplayable in the conditions. Burgess claimed two for nine while Jackson conceded only ten runs off three overs.
Burgess made the breakthrough after removing James in the second over of the innings and Cuts never recovered.
“It was a top notch performance from the youngsters today,” Fray said. “We talked early in the week about our fielding and bowling, which has been letting us down a little bit.
“The guys bowled well. Young Jahre Blakeney, only 15 years old, bowled really well.
Cuts pair Dwight Basden and Bergon Spencer led their team's resistance with 20 runs each.
“I was surprised that they batted because the first game [Somerset Bridge v Western Stars] got delayed by rain and it was wet,” Fray added.
“We choose to field most times with this young team because the bowling for these youngsters is their strength so we try to bowl first most games. Today we definitely would have bowled first but they gave us what we wanted in the end.”
Bay's victory came at a cost as Ian Armstrong dislocated his shoulder fielding in the covers in the second over of the match and was taken to hospital for treatment.
S Burrows b Jahre Blakeney 10
*Kwasi James c Richardson b Burgess 1
S Raynor c Richardson b Blakeney 2
D Basden b Durham 20
K Fubler st Richardson b Jeffers 4
B Spencer c Jeffers b Burgess 20
M Simons b Blakeney 0
†S B Bean not out 9
C B Basden not out 4
Extras (w 11, nb 1, lb 1) 13
Total (7 wkts; 14 overs) 83
T Brown, F Swan, S Gomes, J Basden, KBashir, S O Outerbridge
Fall of Wicket: 1-5, 2-14, 3-29, 4-41, 5-49, 6-69, 7-73
Bowling: Jackson 3-0-10-0; Burgess 3-0-9-2; Blakeney 3-1-17-3; Jeffers 3-0-21-1; Durham 2-0-25-1
S Outerbridge c James b Gomes 5
C Durham lbw b Gomes 1
J Richardson c Bean b Fubler 9
T F Fray not out 39
C J Jeffers not out 18
Extras (w 6, nb 2, b 3, lb 2) 13
Total (3 wkts; 10.5 overs) 85
S Jackson, J Blakeney, Z White, Z Burgess, J Burgess, I Armstrong did not bat
Fall of Wicket: 1-16, 2-16, 3-42
Bowling: M Simons 1-0-6-0; James 3-0-21-0; Gomes 2-0-15-2; Fubler 3-0-24-1; F Swan 1-0-8-0; Raynor 0.5-0-6-0