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Agard guides Bay to victory over St George’s

Dynamic duo: Terryn Fray, and Michael Agard put on a 80-run partnership to help guide Bailey’s Bay to victory (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Wellington Oval: (St. George’s won the toss and batted) Bailey’s Bay beat St. George’s by four wickets.

Gus Logie’s men redeemed themselves from an abysmal performance last week to beat St George’s Cricket Club by four wickets at Wellington Oval yesterday.

Hard hitting, late-order batsman Michael Agard dominated with an unbeaten 80-run partnership with skipper Terryn Fray and finished on 65 not out, hitting five fours and five sixes from 40 balls to lead the charge.

He also took the wicket of Jonte Smith who was one of only four St George’s batsmen to score double figures.

“I had a positive approach to the batting today,” said Agard. “Skipper Fray and I had to do it. I trusted the execution and skills. My mentality was see the ball and hit it and it carried us through.”

Bay could not have asked for a better start.

St George’s won the toss and elected to bat but opener Treadwell Gibbons fell for a “Diamond Duck” as he was dismissed first ball of the innings trying to flick one on the leg side only to be caught behind by wicketkeeper Jarryd Richardson to be the first of his four catches on the day.

The other opener, Jonte Smith batted a patient 29 from 56 balls to help stabilise the innings as wickets were falling cheaply around him before he was trapped leg before by Agard.

Allan Douglas joined skipper Bascome and the two produced a 48-run partnership before he went for another maximum but could only pull a catch straight into the hands of Brandon Trott waiting on the boundary.

He had scored a quickfire 41 from 25 balls including three fours and four sixes.

Bascome then led a team high 50-run partnership with Detroy Smith before being adjudged lbw for 49 just one short of his half-century.

Tailender Shaq Darrell offered some resistance with 12 not out as he helped to carry the score to a mediocre total of 177.

Macquille Walker and Jordan Burgess were the pick of the Bay bowlers with four for 44 and three for 39, respectively.

Bay were chasing a target of 178, requiring a run rate of 3.56 runs per over but had a shaky start as they were 20 for three at one stage before senior batsmen Fray and Stephen Outerbridge helped to build the innings with some mature and cautious batting.

Douglas would get the better of Outerbridge as he choked him causing him to slice one to Jonte Smith at gully for 27. This broke the 48-run partnership.

Agard would join his skipper with the score at 99 for six and began hitting freely, striking the ball with the meat of the bat to all corners of the boundaries.

He gave a half chance on 38 when he skied to mid cover with the fielder running hard from deep cover but the ball would land just short of a diving effort.

Agard capitalised on this and would bring up his half-century with a straight drive off Zeko Burgess over the long on sightscreen and then hit the winning runs with a four to long on to finish 65 not out from 40 balls. Skipper Fray punched in with a healthy 43 from 72 balls in support.

Captain Bascome had the best bowling figures for St George’s with three for 45, while Burgess ended with two for 44.

“I thought it was a good performance from our bowlers,” said Fray.

“We always look to bowl the opposition out under 200 and that’s what we did today.

“It was good to support Mike and watch him hit the ball like he did. It was special to watch.”

St George’s

T Gibbons c Richardson b Walker 0

J Smith lbw Agard 29

M Simmons c Hodsoll b Burgess 8

R Trott c Durham b Burgess 5

O Bascome lbw Ramasundaram 49

A Douglas c Trott b Walker 41

D Smith c Richardson b Walker 5

S Smith c Richardson b Burgess 0

Z Burgess c Richardson b Hodsoll 9

S Darrell not out 12

R Richards c J Burgess b Walker 1

Extras (lb 5, w 12, nb 1) 18

Total (38.1 overs) 177

Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-18, 3-39, 4-54, 5-102, 6-152, 7-152, 8-154, 9-166, 10-177

Bowling: Walker 10-3-44-4, Burgess 10-2-39-3, Hodsoll 10-1-32-1, Agard 6-0-43-1, Tavares 2-0-13-0, Ramasundaram 10-0-11-1.

Bailey’s Bay

R Ramasundaram c Simmons b Burgess 7

C Durham c S Smith b Burgess 6

B Trott c S Smith b Bascome 1

S Tavares lbw Bascome 10

T Fray not out 43

S Outerbridge c J Smith b Douglas 27

J Richardson c Darrell b Bascome 4

M Agard not out 65

Extras (w 8, nb 2, b 2, lb 4) 16

Total (6 wkts; 33.1 overs) 179

D Thomas, J Burgess, K Hodsoll, L Outerbridge and M Walker: did not bat.

Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-19, 3-19, 4-45, 5-93, 6-99.

Bowling: Burgess 8-1-44-2, Onias Bascome 10-2-45-3, Trott 5-1-20-0, Douglas 7-0-51-1, D Smith 1-0-4-0, Darrell 2.1-0-9-0

Umpires: E Carrington and A Cumberbatch

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Published July 11, 2022 at 12:54 am (Updated July 11, 2022 at 12:54 am)

Agard guides Bay to victory over St George’s

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