Allan Douglas Jr cashes in on St David’s county hangover with 146
Allan Douglas continued his sparkling form to guide rejuvenated St George’s to a crushing 103-run defeat of St David’s in a Twenty20 Premier Division East End derby at Lord’s yesterday.
The all-rounder blasted 146 against his former club from 57 balls, with 18 sixes and four fours batting at the top of the order as the visitors amassed 250 for three after being sent to bat.
Douglas’s fifty came off just 27 balls and his hundred off 44, as St David’s were hit to all parts 24 hours after their high in the Eastern Counties Cup.
The opening bat added 203 for the second wicket with Onias Bascome, which all but secured St George’s convincing win.
Bascome stroked an unbeaten 70 from 45 balls, with four sixes and six fours.
Arthur Pitcher Jr and Brian Hall claimed a wicket each to lead the home side’s attack.
St David’s were 70 without loss in reply before Treadwell Gibbons and Nzari Paynter ignited a slide in which four wickets fell for only four runs.
The home side never really recovered from the telling blow as wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals before they eventually folded for 147 in 18.3 overs.
Third-change Paynter led the St George’s attack with five for 18 while Gibbons took two for ten.
Ajuan Lamb was St David’s top scorer with 36, while McLaren Lowe added 32 and George O’Brien 24.
St George’s moved level on points with third-placed Bailey’s Bay while St David’s remain in fifth.
Elsewhere, Somerset beat Bailey’s Bay by 24 runs at Southampton Oval.
Alje Richardson led the Somerset batting with a polished unbeaten 83 from 49 balls with four sixes and nine fours as the west-enders posted 175 for five after electing to bat.
Chris Douglas (34), Jade Morrissey (16), Dalin Richardson (15) and captain Jordan DeSilva (10) made starts against a Bay attack led by Zeko Burgess, who claimed two for 30.
Bay struggled to maintain the required run-rate and, after falling behind considerably, lost wickets trying to accelerate later down the stretch.
They ultimately ended their innings at 151 for five.
Terryn Fray, the captain, was Bay’s top scorer with 35 while opener Rodney Trott added 34 and Cameron Jeffers 23 not out.
Dalin Richardson (two for 22) and Douglas (two for 26) led the Somerset bowling.
The victory enabled Somerset to leapfrog Bay into second in the standings, level on points with leaders Southampton Rangers.
“I think we have surprised a few people,” Jeff Richardson, the Somerset coach, said. “We have crept up on them and we’re actually in [title contention] now.
“A few other results go our way and then we have a good chance of winning it.”
As for the vital win over Bay, Richardson added: “The key was getting a quick and early start.
“When weather is around, you want to have a good start just in case it’s a short game and then you don’t get caught by net run-rate or Duckworth/Lewis. So we made sure we kept the scoreboard ticking in the first five or six overs.”
Richardson was also pleased with his bowlers who bowled to their field to keep the Bay batsmen in check.
“They bowled well for the most part, but then we gave up a bit too many wides for my liking,” he added.
“But it’s a bit difficult when you play this version of the game and guys are out there hitting the ball hard.
“It’s a bit intimidating and they are still young. But they are maturing quite nicely.”
Yesterday’s remaining top-flight fixture saw Willow Cuts relegated to the First Division after suffering a five-wicket defeat by leaders Southampton Rangers at White Hill Field.
Nirobi Mills (three for 12) and Malachi Jones (two for 30) bagged five wickets between them to restrict Cuts to 156 for seven after they elected to bat.
Dean Stephens (65) and Kamal Bashir (52) accounted for the bulk of Cuts’ runs.
Rangers replied with 160 for five to reach their target with 22 balls to spare.
Jones led the chase with 75 from 46 balls, with five sixes and six fours, while Andrew Raynor added 30 from 32 balls, with a six and three fours.
Kwasi James, the Cuts captain, led his team’s bowling with three for six.
Rangers top the standings via superior net run-rate over Somerset.