Bailey’s Bay done no favours by star of yesteryear Ricky Hill
Former Bermuda and Cup Match star Ricky Hill rolled back the years as he stroked a half-century to help Fine Leg Byes leapfrog Bailey’s Bay at the foot of group one in the Evening Cricket League.
Hill’s 50, on just his second appearance for Fine Leg Byes this season, saw his side edge home with five balls to spare.
“I enjoyed the challenge of playing against Bay, where I played most of my cricket," the 63-year-old said. ”I’m having fun and happy I’m still able to do so.
“But running between the wickets is hard in this heat!”
Renegades cemented their lead at the top of the group after PHC forfeited their match, while second-placed The Associates thrashed eight-man West XI by 118 runs.
CV Chargers kept the pressure on Tuff Dogs, the group two leaders, with a 66-run win over North Village, as Nik Lawton-Misra followed up his century the previous week with 78, while prolific Matty Watson, the captain, weighed in with another half-century. The pair also chipped in with five wickets between them.
Chris Colby’s 53 spearheaded Bailey’s Bay to 141 for five, as Lorenzo Simmons, the captain, smashed 34 from ten balls and Kujuan Simons made 28 to up the tempo in the closing overs, Hill and Jamal Holder each picking up two wickets.
But Hill’s half-century, which included three sixes and three fours, and an unbeaten 51 from Werner Pieters guaranteed Fine Leg Byes a seven-wicket success.
Simmons said: “It was a tough loss for us as we lost to them twice this season, but they batted well.”
Lawton-Misra’s 78, coupled with Watson’s 70, helped Chargers post 159 for two, Andrew Griffith, the Village captain, taking one for 23.
Richard Todd’s 57 kept Village in the hunt before the innings closed on 93 for nine, with Watson claiming three for 31 and Lawton-Misra two for 15.
Somers Carr, who picked up four for 14 for Chargers, said: “It was a really well-fought game. We got off to a great start with Nik and Matty scoring freely.
“We thought we might be on for another 200-plus innings, but the bowling tightened up towards the final overs.”
He added: “North Village did start a little slowly, losing two wickets from the first two balls, but we knew a few good overs could have them right back in it.
“Their middle order did well to keep them in the fight, but some quality fielding and catching on our part made the game safe with three overs to spare.”
Will Tyrrell made 52 and Matt Ball 45 as The Associates rattled up 172 for three against West XI, who paid the price for turning up three short. They were bundled out in reply in just 7.2 overs, with Marc Wetherhill taking three for two in his only over.
Shelly Bay (The Associates won toss): The Associates 173-3 (16 overs; Will Tyrrell 52, Matty Ball 45); West XI (8 men) 55 (7.2 overs; Marc Wetherhill 3 for 2). The Associates beat West XI by 118 runs.
Shelly Bay (Bailey's Bay won toss): Bailey's Bay 141-5 (16 overs; Chris Colby 53, Lorenzo Simmons 34); Fine Leg Byes 144-3 (15.1 overs; Werner Pieters 51 not out, Ricky Hill 50). Fine Leg Byes beat Bailey's Bay by seven wickets.
Sea Breeze Oval (CV Chargers won toss): CV Chargers 159-2 (16 overs; Nik Lawton-Misra 78, Matty Watson 70); North Village 93-9 (16 overs; Richard Todd 57; Somers Carr 4 for 14, Matty Watson 3 for 31). CV Chargers beat North Village by 66 runs.