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St David’s on brink of T20 First Division title glory

OJ Pitcher and his St David’s team-mates can clinch the Athene T20 League First Division title this weekend (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

St David’s can clinch a second title of the season with victories over Somerset Bridge and fellow promotion hopefuls Willow Cuts this weekend.

Ricky Brangman’s team sealed promotion last weekend after prevailing against Eastern Counties rivals Flatts and PHC with three matches to spare in the Athene T20 League First Division.

They can now go one better by taking maximum points from their next two outings to clinch the championship to go along with the Premier Division 50-overs title they captured earlier this summer.

Ricky Brangman, the St David’s coach, said it “feels good” to be on the cusp of another title and has urged his players to stay focused on the task at hand.

“We just have to keep the fellows focused, take it one game at a time and not worrying too much about winning the title,” he said.

“We just have to worry about winning the game and stay focused.”

St David’s are away to Somerset Bridge at White Hill Field today and will host Willow Cuts at Lord’s tomorrow where they can potentially wrap up the title in front of their own fans.

Brangman said winning a second title would help compensate for losing the coveted Eastern Counties trophy with defeat to challengers Bailey’s Bay in the final last month.

“It would be a good feeling to win the 50-overs and T20 but just a little disappointing that we lost the Eastern Counties,” he added. “But all in all we have had a good season and I am proud of all the guys for hanging in there and sticking together.”

Devonshire and bottom side PHC meet at Sea Breeze Oval in today’s remaining First Division T20 contest.

The scheduled match between Willow Cuts and Flatts has been called off owing to the latter being unable to field a team.Flatts are due to take on PHC at Southampton Oval in tomorrow’s round of second tier fixtures, while Devonshire and Somerset Bridge will face off at Wellington Oval.

Meanwhile, Athene T20 League Premier Division leaders and champions St George’s can put more breathing room between themselves and second-placed Bailey’s Bay today.

St George’s are away to Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval while Bay have a bye.

Today’s remaining top flight matches see Western Stars up against Cleveland at Sea Breeze Oval with Warwick and Somerset to do battle at White Hill Field.

Bay will be looking to keep pace with idle St George’s who have a bye when they travel to Wellington Oval to face Cleveland tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s remaining Premier T20 matches see Southampton Rangers doing battle with Warwick at Southampton Oval while Somerset will host Western Stars at Somerset Cricket Club.

First Division matches start at 10.30am and Premier Division at 2.30pm.

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Published September 17, 2022 at 8:01 am (Updated September 17, 2022 at 8:01 am)

St David’s on brink of T20 First Division title glory

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