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Rangers remain unbeaten after Cuts victory

Malachi Jones smashed 81 not out from 35 balls, hitting eight sixes and five fours in the massive 247 posted against Willow Cuts at Southampton Oval yesterday (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Southampton picked up their third Twenty20 win with a comfortable 87-run victory over Willow Cuts at Southampton Oval yesterday, thanks to 81 not out from captain Malachi Jones.

Rangers also got half centuries from openers Kwame Tucker and Janeiro Tucker as they posted a massive 247 for five from their 20 overs. Willow Cuts replied with 160 for five.

Kwame Tucker scored 57 from 26 balls with six sides and three fours while Janeiro added 50 from 34 balls with three sixes and four fours.

Kwame was first out in the seventh over with the score on 87. Dion Stovell was run out three overs later for five, with Janeiro dominating the stand of 43. He was out in the 11th over on 138 for three, but the runs kept coming with Charles Trott (22) putting on 39 for the fourth wicket with his captain.

Jones batted through to the end, smashing eight sixes and five fours from just 35 balls in 48 minutes at the crease. The Rangers innings was filled with boundaries. 33 in total, including 18 sixes and 15 fours as four Cuts bowlers went for more than 40 runs.

She-maur Jones took two wickets for 49 runs from his four overs while Antonio Darrell went for 48 in just two overs, Kwasi James 47 in four and Joseph Basden 40 in four.

Cuts, asked to score at 12 runs an over, did manage 160 in reply with Solomon Burrows top scorer with 50 before he was bowled by Janeiro Tucker. Burrows faced 32 balls and hit four fours and three sixes while Joseph Basden scored 40 not out off 24 balls with four fours and two sixes and Dwight Basden 29 from five fours.

Charles Trott took two for 22 from four overs to lead the Rangers bowling after sharing the new ball with Nirobi Mills who bowled Micah Simons for 20 for his only wicket.

*Controversy ensured in the St George’s versus St David’s game at Wellington Oval where St George’s picked up a five wicket victory after dismissing St David’s for 88. It was their first victory of the season.

Derrick Brangman, who St George’s are claiming was not listed on the St David’s team sheet, played for the visitors, batting and then bowling. There was a long delay while the umpires discussed the situation.

St George’s reportedly also had two players taken to hospital with injuries, Macai Simmons and Treadwell Gibbons after being injured while fielding. Neither was available to bat as St George’s lost five wickets in their successful run chase.

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Published July 19, 2021 at 7:59 am (Updated July 19, 2021 at 7:44 am)

Rangers remain unbeaten after Cuts victory

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