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Captain Terryn Fray praises youngsters as Bay beat rivals St David’s

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Non-striker Kevin Hurdle of St David's sets off for a quick single as Zeko Burgess follows through off his own bowling at Sea Breeze Oval (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Spinner Rodney Trott claimed five wickets for 18 runs in his allotted overs as Bailey’s Bay beat St David’s by 27 runs for a second straight Twenty20 win yesterday at Sea Breeze Oval.

Bay scored 158 for seven in their 20 overs and then restricted their Eastern Counties rivals to 131 for nine as St David’s failed in a second straight run chase after going down to Southampton Rangers by 37 runs in their season opener last weekend.

Coolidge Durham smashes another boundary on his way to 42 for Bailey's Bay yesterday against St David's (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
Jordan Burgess claimed two for 18 for Bailey's Bay against St David's (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
Rodney Trott finished with one of the best bowling figures of the early season, five for 18 off four overs, as Bailey's Bay beat St David's by 27 runs (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)
Kevin Hurdle scored 44 for St David's in a losing cause to their Eastern Counties rivals, Bailey's Bay yesterday at Sea Breeze Oval (Photograph byLawrence Trott)

“It’s always a good feeling when you beat your Eastern Counties rivals, St David’s, and it’s always a good game,” said Terryn Fray, the Bay captain who contributed a vital 37 in the middle order as the home team posted a challenging target.

“The team batted really well today, again we had a good start and the middle order did their part to get us a defendable total.

“We always aim to get about 160 and we ended up getting 158, so we were right on par for what we wanted. We know we can defend that because we have the bowlers, even the young bowlers who are steady.”

Jordan Burgess, their left-arm pacer, had a good spell at first change, finishing with two for 18 from his four overs. Zeko Burgess was forced out of the Bay attack when he bowled two “dangerous height” full tosses above waist height in his fourth over and was not allowed to complete his spell by umpire Emmerson Carrington. Zakao Hart, another youngster, bowled the final three balls of Burgess’s over.

“He normally bowls but today we were trying to chop and change and he ended up finishing the over and did a good job,” Fray said of Hart. “It was a no-ball in that over, too, so he had to bowl a free hit.”

Also missing from the Bay team was wicketkeeper Sinclair Smith, with Lazai Outebridge doing a good job behind the stumps with a catch and a stumping. St David’s were also missing their wicketkeeper, Ricardo Brangman, with Dean Simons behind the stumps.

“Sinny is coming back from injury and should be back next week or the week after, so that will be a bonus when he does return,” Fray said. “It’s the same youngsters from last season, but they are getting more opportunities this year, being that we only have four or five seniors.”

Bay had 40 on the board after five overs as Coolidge Durham dominated an opening stand with Rodney Trott (14) which yielded 55 before Trott departed in the sixth over.

Durham, who gave a chance when he skied a hit off Justin Pitcher which wicketkeeper Dean Simons failed to get under, was finally out in the twelfth over when he was caught on the mid-wicket boundary by George O’Brien. His 42 came off 35 balls and included four fours and three sixes.

Fray added 37 off 28 balls in the middle order with two fours and a six before he was run out. St David’s also yielded 34 extras, including 24 wides. Justin Pitcher, the St David’s captain finished with two for 27 from his four overs.

St David’s, requiring to score just under eight runs an over, were 29 for three after just 5.3 overs, before Kevin Hurdle and Brian Hall added 32 for the fourth wicket. They then lost Hall and George O’Brien in the space of seven runs and seven balls to be 88 for five.

Hurdle, whose top score of 44 came off 36 balls from two fours and two sixes at No 3, was sixth out of 106, one of five wickets for Rodney Trott with Zeko Burgess holding a low catch at long-on to remove Hurdle.

Derrick Brangman offered some resistance with 24 at No 7 before Trott picked up three more wickets on 131 as St David’s were set the near impossible task of scoring 41 runs in the last two overs for victory.

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Published July 05, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated July 06, 2021 at 8:03 am)

Captain Terryn Fray praises youngsters as Bay beat rivals St David’s

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