Further Evening League woe for Bailey’s Bay and North Village
Bailey's Bay and North Village, two of the island's biggest clubs, continue to find their return to the Evening Cricket League a chastening experience, losing all four of their matches so far, while group leaders The Associates and Tuff Dogs have won all of theirs to set the early pace.
Matt Watson, captain of CV Chargers, has also struck a rich vein of form this season, his third half-century in five innings taking his runs tally in league and knockout to 278 and giving him an average of 139.
Village crashed to a ten-wicket defeat in their latest outing against KPMG, who secured their first victory of the campaign after their opening two fixtures were postponed because of rain.
However, Andrew Griffith, captain of Village, believes his team's fortunes may soon take a turn for the better.
"Irving Romaine [former Bermuda captain] has decided to play with us, so he should be a big help," Griffith, whose side missed the past two seasons, said.
"We also have a few more players who have signed, so our numbers are looking better."
He added: "So, yes, we are looking to apply ourselves to get one in the win column."
Lorenzo Simmons, captain of Bay, whose latest fixture ended in a six-wicket defeat against Renegades, says his side are gradually finding their feet after withdrawing from the league during the 2016 season.
"Well, most of our team haven't played in a very long time, so they are starting to get back into the swing of things form-wise," he said.
"Costly errors have been the deciders of our matches that we've lost ― once we tighten that up I'm sure we will get the results we are looking for."
The Associates maintained their 100 per cent start by defeating PHC by seven wickets.
Fine Leg Byes opened their seasonal account, opener Ricky Waldron smashing an unbeaten half-century in a nine-wicket win over West XI.
KPMG restricted Village to 101 for six having won the toss, and then their opening pair of Alistair Lynch and James Annendale produced an unbroken century stand to chase down their target with 21 balls to spare.
Lynch hit four fours in his 38-ball 48 not out while his partner's 41 not out from 40 balls contained two sixes and two fours.
Shervin Jennings hit a brisk 30 up front for Village, but the run rate dropped significantly after he was well caught on the boundary, Daniel Lourens and Paul Botes taking two wickets apiece.
Devonne Simmons (30) and Marvin Trott (28) helped Bay post 101 for five against Renegades, Hugh Stanton snapping up three for 20, before Nathan Clarke helped his side canter home with an unbeaten 38.
"We took wickets throughout their innings, which helped us to restrict them to 101," Ryan Miller, the winning captain, said. "We lost some early wickets, but recovered nicely."
Despite Tallent Clark's 48 and 22 from Paul Fox, De Wicketest could muster only 94 for eight against Tuff Dogs, pegged back by Dennis Musson four for 19 and two wickets apiece for Arnold Manders, a hat-trick taker in the previous match, and Justin Corday.
In reply, Kwame Tucker made 38 and McLaren Lowe 20 as Tuff Dogs eased home in the thirteenth over despite Shaun Loving's two for 20.
Paul Broxup followed up his hat-trick in the previous match with a three-wicket haul and Will Tyrrell also chipped in with three wickets as The Associates dismissed PHC for 97 before Jonny Ball (43 not out) and Alex Brown (33 not out) teamed up to seal victory with 11 balls remaining.
Watson's unbeaten 61 helped steer CV Chargers to a seven-wicket win, with five balls to spare, over High Flyaz.
Opener Shawn Riley's 39 underpinned High Flyaz's 106 for eight, but Nik Lawton-Misra kept them in check with four for 20 before Watson took command.
"It was another quality knock by Matty [Watson]," said Somers Carr, the team spokesman. "We started slowly with the bat and never really got ticking which meant the game was a lot closer than it should have been."
He added: "Some class bowling from Nik Lawton-Misra spearheaded our bowling attack and restricted High Flyaz to 106. Our fielding was also top-notch with a world-class catch from Will Haddrell at cover to get rid of their danger man Niel Thakur for only six."
Waldon's unbeaten 58, which included three sixes and three fours, coupled with 33 from Trevor Boyce before he retired hurt, saw Fine Leg Byes crush West XI with 31 balls to spare after limiting their opponents to 120 for seven.
Shelly Bay (PHC won toss): PHC 97 (14.3 overs); The Associates 100-3 (14.1 overs; Jonny Ball 43 not out, Alex Brown 33 not out). The Associates beat PHC by seven wickets.
Shelly Bay (Renegades won toss): Bailey's Bay 101-5 (16 overs; Devonne Simmons 30; Hugh Stanton 3 for 20); Renegades 104-4 (10.1 overs; Nathan Clarke 38 not out). Renegades beat Bailey's Bay by six wickets.
Shelly Bay (West XI won toss): West XI 120-7 (16 overs); Fine Leg Byes 121-1 (10.5 overs; Ricky Waldron 58 not out, Trevor Boyce 33 retired hurt). Fine Leg Byes beat West XI by nine wickets.
Shelly Bay (North Village won toss): North Village 101-6 (16 overs; Shervin Jennings 30); KPMG 102-0 (12.3 overs; Alistair Lynch 48 not out, James Annendale 41 not out). KPMG beat North Village by ten wickets.
Sea Breeze Oval (De Wicketest won toss): De Wicketest 94-8 (16 overs; Tallent Clark 48; Dennis Musson 4 for 19); Tuff Dogs 99-4 (12.4 overs; Kwame Tucker 38). Tuff Dogs beat De Wicketest by six wickets.
Shelly Bay (High Flyaz won toss): High Flyaz 105-8 (16 overs; Shawn Riley 39; Nik Lawton-Misra 4 for 20); CV Chargers 107-3 (15.1 overs; Matty Watson 61 not out). CV Chargers beat High Flyaz by seven wickets.