Terryn Fray century guides Bay to comfortable victory
Sea Breeze Oval (Bailey’s Bay won toss; Bailey’s Bay beat Southampton Rangers by 129 runs)
Captain Terryn Fray scored 101 not out as Bailey’s Bay gave Gus Logie a winning start as their new coach with a comfortable 129-run victory in their season opener yesterday.
Bay posted 245 for five and then dismissed Rangers for just 116 in 30 overs.
Fray, who came in at 29 for two after the early loss of openers Sharye Gibbons and Coolidge Durham, helped build the foundation for a good total with a third-wicket stand of 147 with Brandon Trott (61). Fray steered a single down through the gully in the penultimate over to reach his ton, hitting nine fours and two sixes off 118 balls.
After Trott departed on 176 for three after hitting six fours and a six off 110 balls, and McQuille Burgess went four runs later on 180 for four, Fray got another useful partnership going with middle order batsman Shaquille Outerbridge who added 24 in a fifth-wicket stand of 64, which took them to 244 when Outerbridge was bowled by Dalin Richardson on the second last ball of the innings.
“Funny enough I told myself that this year I would try to get the first hundred of the season,” Fray revealed. He shared the first ton honours with Ajaun Lamb of St David’s who scored a century against Willow Cuts at Somerset.
“Last night I laid off and planned out my innings a little bit and we came out hoping that we would bat first,” Fray added.
“We started a little slow, but that was expected because it was a new wicket and we weren’t sure how it was going to play. We’ve been practising on a wicket that hasn’t been the best so guys have been stopping in their shots.
“But it shows if you bat the 50 overs then you can still get a good total. Kudos to Brandon, he batted well, took his time and got a nice 60. We had a really big partnership, 147.
The total left the match in the balance, particularly with the likes of Dion Stovell and veteran Janeiro Tucker in the Rangers line-up.
“Our minimum is 220 and anything we get higher than that is a bonus for us,” Fray admitted. “It might change on a different wicket, but today it was 220 and we ended up getting 245.”
Janeiro Tucker was the pick of the Rangers bowlers with two for 50 from 10 overs as Fray was happy with the effort from his batsmen.
“We were pretty confident with the bowling that we had that if we got the crucial wickets that we needed, we could keep these guys at bay,” Fray said.
“I took my time because I knew that there weren’t too many batsmen after me and I consider myself to be the more steady of the bunch in our team, so I took extra responsibility in making sure we got to that score. I didn’t play any loose shots, just kept it straight.”
So did Jeloni Albuoy the Rangers opener, who scored a patient 55 as wickets fell around him with Bay taking scalps at regular intervals.
After slumping to 24 for three after 8.5 overs, Rangers lost captain Stovell soon after when he lofted a straight drive off Jordan Burgess for Durham to take a good catch, running to his right from long-off to hold the chance at long-on.
That made it 32 for four after 9.5 overs and the wickets kept falling after that as Charles Trott was caught in the covers by Kyle Hodsoll who had just been replaced at the northern end by McQuille Burgess to make it 49-5.
Tucker and Albuoy offered some resistance with a sixth-wicket stand of 37, before Tucker fell to a good catch in the deep covers by D’nyi Thomas after scoring 22 with three fours and a six.
Albuoy scored 55 before he was eighth out in the 27th over, by which time Rangers were facing a first loss of the season. He faced 80 balls and hit four fours.
Jordan Burgess, who shared the new ball with Hodsoll, led the Bay bowling with four for 24 from seven overs while Hodsoll took two for 29 off eight. Durham, who bowled top-scorer Albuoy to make it 116 for eight, finished with one for four from three overs with two maidens.