Cleveland County win low scoring affair in season-opener
Southampton Oval (Cleveland County beat Warwick Workmen’s by 41 runs)
Cleveland County needed a total team effort to win this low-scoring affair against Warwick Workmen’s Club at Southampton Oval yesterday.
After being sent in to bat, Cleveland found themselves in a bit of trouble at 45-4 after only 11.5 overs before veterans Curtis Jackson and Steven Bremar put on a 46 runs from the 57-ball partnership to take the score to 91 before Bremar was trapped lbw by Staphen Dill for 29 off 32 balls.
Jackson would be dismissed in a similar fashion from the bowling of Bermuda player Malachi Jones for a team high-score of 31 from 60 balls before Jones and Dill picked up the remaining wickets.
Warwick gave away 24 extras in total as Cleveland were all out for 132 after 32.3 overs.
Jones had the best bowling figures after claiming four wickets for 11 runs off 6.3 overs which included a maiden, while Dill and Jodi Maronie claimed two wickets apiece for 30 and 32 runs respectively.
Warwick went in to bat needing only 133 runs to win at a run rate of 2.64 an over.
Wicket-takers Dill and Jones opened the batting for Warwick but the former went early with only six runs on the board.
Jones flashed the wood with 4 fours and a six and was batting above the required run rate before being stumped by Bremar for 29 after facing 23 balls with the score on 38 after only 5.2 overs.
Cory Burgess was the only other batsman in double figures with 10 as the Cleveland attack dominated the contest.
Opening pace bowlers Jalani Richardson and Tybrace Robinson claimed three wickets each for 32 and 33 runs respectively with Robinson also taking a brilliant diving catch to dismiss Jahniko Francis for a duck.
However, spinner Macai Young had the best bowling figures of three for seven runs from his 4 overs.
“I told the team that we had our runs and they have to get theirs,” said Courtney Trott, the Cleveland coach.
“We needed to play as a team and hold onto our catches and that’s what we done,” Trott added.