St David’s topple leaders Rangers
Lord's (Southampton Rangers won toss): St David's (10pts) beat Southampton Rangers by six wickets
Justin Pitcher has warned St David's must build on the platform of inflicting a first defeat of the season on Southampton Rangers, if they are to fulfil their own Twenty20 Premier Division title aspirations.
In a top-of-the-table clash at Lord's, St David's managed to restrict leaders Rangers to just 112 for nine from their allotted overs, before reaching 114 for four with an over to spare with captain Pitcher fittingly hitting the winning runs.
However, despite his delight at going level on points with their title rivals having sealed a fourth victory of the season, Pitcher warned his side must not get complacent as he laid down the gauntlet of remaining unbeaten for the remainder of the season.
“I didn't want it to go down to the very last over and so I tried to make sure I punished the bad deliveries in the best way that I could,” said Pitcher on a crucial nineteenth over in which he struck two fours and a six to seal victory.
“It was an excellent effort by the entire team both in the field and batting.
“It was a little nervy for a period of our innings but it was always in our hands. Cricket is a funny game, it only takes a couple of wickets for things to go wrong, but today was a real team effort and I have to applaud everyone.
“That's puts us on level points with Rangers at the top of the table but the hard work starts now. Just because we've beaten them once means nothing, we're going to have to work even harder to build on this.
“I want to remain undefeated in the second half of the season. This is a massive confidence boost for the team and hopefully we can maintain this level of performance.”
Having won the toss and elected to bat, Rangers found themselves in trouble after just three overs as stand-in captain Dion Stovell (2) was run out with only 13 runs on the board.
Just two overs later fellow opener Shannon Raynor was walking back to the changing rooms with the score at 35 having added 29, which would prove the highest score among the order.
Tre Manders (12) soon followed as Rangers found themselves stuttering at 59 for three and nine overs already gone. Allan Douglas and Charles Trott (9) managed to settle the innings slightly before the latter was caught off the bowling of Mikkail Crockwell in the fifteenth over with another 40 runs having been added to the total.
However, Janeiro Tucker (1) fell cheaply just three balls later and after Douglas (24) departed within the same over with Rangers still short of 100, a daunting target looked ever-increasingly improbable.
So it proved with Derrick Brangman coming to the fore in the remaining overs, dismissing Jaloni Albuoy (5) and Najiyah Raynor (6) in the eighteenth over to complete an impressive four-wicket haul, as well as running out Tayo Smith (2) on the final ball of their innings.
Lamont Brangman (3 not out) finished as the last-man standing as Rangers limped to a far from formidable total of 112.
In reply, St David's got off to a shaky start with opener McLaren Lowe (7) and Chare Smith (9) both departing before the end of the fifth over with the score on 33 for two.
However, fellow opener Dean Simons (41) helped settle the nerves to get the innings back on track, steering the total to 80 with 14 overs bowled.
From then on in it was a case of game management with victory always in the home side's hands. Despite losing Brangman (18) at the end of the fifteenth over with 23 runs still needed, captain Pitcher quickly settled any nerves, stroking a 22 from 17 balls alongside Brian Hall to seal the welcome victory with an over to spare.
D C Stovell run out 2
S Raynor c Brangman b Pitcher 29
T Manders run out 12
A C Douglas c Caesar b Brangman 24
C Trott c Lowe b Crockwell 9
J J Tucker c Lowe b Brangman 1
†N Raynor lbw b Brangman 6
J Albuoy c J Pitcher b Brangman 5
L Brangman not out 3
T Smith run out 2
Extras (w 4, nb 2, b 8, lb 5) 19
Total (9 WKTS; 20 overs) 112
Fall of Wicket: 1-13, 2-35, 3-59, 4-89, 5-91, 6-92, 7-103, 8-105, 9-112
Bowling: Brangman 4-0-19-4; Smith 2-0-14-0; Hall 4-1-10-0; J Pitcher 2-0-12-1; Caesar 4-0-29-0; Crockwell 4-1-15-1
†D Simons c Raynor b Stovell 41
M Lowe c Raynor b Trott 7
C S Smith run out 9
D L Brangman lbw b Douglas 18
*J Pitcher not out 22
B Hall not out 1
Extras (w 4, nb 3, b 8, lb 1) 16
Total (4 wkts; 19 overs) 114
M Crockwell, A Paynter, K Hurdle, M DeSilva, S Roberts-Pitcher
Fall of Wicket: 1-19, 2-33, 3-80, 4-90
Bowling: Mills 2-0-18-0; Stovell 4-0-16-1; Tucker 4-1-7-0; Trott 3-0-19-1; Douglas 4-0-33-1; Brangman 2-0-12-0