De Wicketest proving to be the real deal
Logan Phillips starred with bat and ball as De Wicketest claimed another major scalp to climb to second in group one of the Evening Cricket League.
Having ended leaders Renegades’ 15-match unbeaten league run stretching back to the start of last season with a shock eight-wicket victory, De Wicketest followed up by beating three-times former champions Tuff Dogs by 43 runs as Phillips made 51 before claiming four wickets.
Renegades, the defending champions, and The Associates, last season's runners-up, both rebounded from defeat.
Renegades, who lead De Wicketest by six points, defeated West XI by 25 runs, while Kian Wookey's five-wicket haul — the most productive return of the season — helped The Associates to dispatch High Flyaz by 30 runs to move two points clear of former leaders West XI at the top of group two.
Phillips’s half-century, allied with Sammy Robinson’s 53 and Tallent Clark’s 22, which included three successive sixes in the final over, saw High Flyaz pile up 156 for five, with Trevor Corday picking up two wickets.
Phillips then claimed four for ten as Tuff Dogs subsided to 113 all out in the thirteenth over despite McLaren Lowe’s 66.
Justin Brookes, the winning captain, whose side moved off the bottom of the table after defeating Renegades, said: “The guys are doing very well on both sides of the ball. We’re showing really good form at this point of the season.”
He added: “I am proud of how far the team has come and that the atmosphere in the team is always good regardless of results.”
Third-placed Tuff Dogs’ defeat was offset by an earlier 26-run victory over KPMG.
Lowe was again his side’s top scorer, with 38, Kwame Tucker chipping in with 28 and Dwight Basden 26 before he had to retire because of a hamstring injury.
Chris Moolman, a new recruit from South Africa, was KPMG’s top bowler with two for 29.
In reply, in-form opener Alistair Lynch struck three fours in a 43-ball unbeaten 50 while team-mate Danny Potter made 35, but Trevor Corday’s three for 20 limited KPMG to 100 for four.
Having been sent in, Renegades compiled 142 for four against West XI, with Jayde Albertze, one of four century-makers this season, leading the way with 66 and Ryan Miller adding 36.
Another century-maker, Rajesh Ramasundaram, smashed six sixes in his 59 and Jim West, the captain, made 22, but West XI subsided to 119 for nine, with the captain, Durnferd Davis, Nathan Clarke, Ryan Mather and Albertze bagging two wickets apiece.
Davis said: “It was an excellent bounce-back [after the defeat] against the second-best team at the time.
“We ran hard between the wickets and edged them out with excellent fielding after they had a great start.”
Rohaan Simons, who made 88 not out against CV Chargers earlier this month, cracked 52 from 34 balls, but could not prevent High Flyaz going down to defeat by The Associates, as medium-pacer Wookey produced superb figures of five for 20 to torpedo their reply.
Will Tyrrell, acting captain in the absence of Simon Jones, made 36 and Matthew Ball 34 in The Associates’ 152 for six, Milesh Chodnekar taking three for 20, before High Flyaz were dismissed in the final over for 122, in which Shervin Jennings made 21, as Tom Edwards backed up Wookey with two for 19.
Shelly Bay (West XI won toss): Renegades 142-4 (16 overs; Jayde Albertze 66, Ryan Miller 36); West XI 117-9 (Rajesh Ramasundaram 59). Renegades won by 25 runs.
Shelly Bay (High Flyaz won toss): The Associates 152-6 (16 overs; Will Tyrrell 36, Matthew Ball 34; Milesh Chodnekar 3 for 20); High Flyaz 122 (15.2 overs; Rohaan Simons 52; Kian Wookey 5 for 24). The Associates won by 30 runs.
Shelly Bay (Tuff Dogs won toss): De Wicketest 156-5 (16 overs; Sammy Robinson 53, Logan Phillips 51); Tuff Dogs 113 (12.4 overs; McLaren Lowe 66; Logan Phillips 4 for 10). De Wicketest won by 43 runs.
Shelly Bay (Tuff Dogs won toss): Tuff Dogs 126-5 (16 overs; McLaren Lowe 38); KPMG 100-4 (16 overs; Alistair Lynch 50 not out, Danny Potter 35; Trevor Corday 3 for 20). Tuff Dogs won by 26 runs.