Warwick keep their nose ahead of Western Stars in dash to the finish
Warwick thrashed Cleveland by nine wickets at Southampton Oval at the weekend to remain in pole position in the First Division Twenty20 standings.
The hosts restricted Cleveland to 145 for six after sending them to bat before replying with 146 for one in 13.3 overs to win convincingly.
Opener Dominic Sabir led the chase with 83 not out from 42 balls, with seven sixes and six fours. Cory Burgess added 40 from 24 balls and captain Staphen Dill 18 from 16.
Seamer Jodi Maronie was Warwick’s most economical bowler with one for seven.
Opener Zeth Tomlinson led the Cleveland batting with 64 from 55 balls with four sixes and five fours, while Q’Shai Darrell added a run-a-ball 22.
Dennis Musson (one for 37) claimed the only Warwick wicket to fall.
Warwick top the standings on net run-rate over Western Stars, who also kept their league title and promotion bid on track after edging sixth-placed Somerset Bridge by nine runs at White Hill Field.
Jaiden Manders struck 47 and Tre Manders 36 as Stars scored 144 for seven after electing to bat.
Dante Wellman (one for 16) and Seth Campbell (one for 25) claimed a wicket each as Bridge replied with 135 for three.
Adrian Burrows, the wicketkeeper-batsman, led the Bridge batting with 39, while opener Shawn Riley stroked 32 and Clarence Trott 27 not out.
Fifth-change Riley was the pick of the Bridge bowling with three for 22.
The top two are scheduled to clash in a potential title decider on September 12.
Sunday’s remaining match saw Flatts beat PHC by 29 runs at Lord’s.
Opener Reginald Baker stroked 50 from 58 balls, with five fours and a six, while Regino Smith added 19 as ten-man Flatts scored 119 for three after electing to bat.
Paul Carr (four for seven) and Kijuan Franks (four for 17) bagged eight wickets between them as PHC folded for 90 in 15.5 overs.
Davin Dill (43) and Dionte Dowling (one for 14) led the PHC batting and bowling.