Experienced duo ensure Bay seal dramatic victory over Cleveland
Wellington Oval: (Cleveland won toss): Bailey’s Bay beat Cleveland by six wickets
Needing 19 runs from the last two overs, veterans Stephen Outerbridge and Kyle Hodsoll guided Bailey’s Bay to victory with one ball to spare against Cleveland in this Athene T20 League Premier Division match at Wellington Oval today.
Electing to bat, Cleveland took advantage of a weakened Bay bowling attack with Macquille Walker and Jordan Burgess notably absent.
Captain Mackih McGowan dominated the bowling with a fiery 33 ball 49 which included four fours and four sixes before being dismissed one run short of his half-century trying to hit spinner Sharye Tavares to the boundary but instead skied the ball high to give stand-in wicketkeeper and captain Terryn Fray an easy catch.
He had given Cleveland a promising start but once he was back in the pavilion, the run rate slowed. Dennis Musson Jr, realising that he was the last recognised bat, started to farm the strike and batted maturely in his unbeaten innings of 42 runs to bring Cleveland’s innings to a close at 140-6.
Zakao Hart had the best bowling figures for Bay claiming three wickets for 20 runs.
Bay’s initial response to the chase was a bit below the required run rate but not concerning as Fray and Coolidge Durham started to buckle the bowling down.
Durham was needlessly run out after Fray survived a dropped catch and ran but the former was caught ball watching and ran only after the ball dropped for Dennis Musson who collected, took aim and hit the stumps down from distance.
Veteran Stephen Outerbridge joined his captain and the two would milk the bowling with some classic strokes to lead the chase putting on 50 runs for the fourth-wicket partnership before the Fray was bowled by McGowan for a patient 40 from 44 balls.
Hodsoll joined Outerbridge needing 47 runs for victory with only 4.4 overs remaining. The latter was given a life when he was dropped on the square leg boundary on 36 with the score 109.
Hodsoll was contributing heavily as the two inched closer towards Cleveland’s total.
Needing three runs from the last two balls, Hodsoll, who was placed in a similar role a few weeks ago, came good again, as he smashed McGowan for a six, before limping off the field in excruciating but joyful pain.
Outerbridge was unbeaten on 42 and Hodsoll unbeaten with a quickfire 30 from 16 balls.
McGowan, Raemar O’Brien and Q’Shai Darrell claimed one wicket apiece.
Bay captain Fray, took the win in stride.
“We knew that we were under strength today so we asked everyone to step up,” he said. “I think we gave them 20 runs too many but not taking anything away from Cleveland they did bat well.
“I wasn’t too concerned as the overs were running out because I knew one good over would change the game especially with Outerbridge and Hodsoll at the wicket.”
Q Darrell lbw S Tavares 5
*M McGowan c Fray b Tavares 49
M Young b D Thomas 15
D Rabaine c Steede b Hart 3
D Musson not out 42
G Berlow c Fray b Hart 0
†B Daniels b Hart 2
K Trott not out 5
Extras (b 5, lb 4, w9, nb 1) 19
Total (6 wkts; 20 overs) 140
Q Simmons, R O’Brien and T Robinson did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-45, 3-84, 4-84, 5-91, 6-106,
Bowling: K Hodsoll 4-0-27-0, S Tavares 4/0-17-2, D Thomas 4-0-30-1, C Durham 3-0-24-0, K Trott 1-0-13-0, Z Hart 4-0-20-3
*†T Fray b McGowan 40
S Tavares c D Musson b O’Brien 8
C Durham run out 7
B Trott b Q Darrell 2
S Outerbridge not out 42
K Hodsoll not out 30
Extras (w 10, b 6) 16
Total (4 wkts; 19.5 overs) 145
D Swan-DeSilva, M Steele, Z Hart, D Thomas, K Trott did not bat
Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-36, 3-39, 4-94,
Bowling: T Robinson 3-0-16-0, R O’Brien 1-0-10-1, M Young 4-0-41-0, Q Darrell 4-0-24-1, D Musson 4-0-26-0,
Umpires: M Best and D Smith
Match Official: J Pitcher
ATHENE T20 PREMIER DIVISION
PW L T NR Pts NRR
St George’s 7 7 0 0 0 70 3.889
Bailey’s Bay7 6 1 0 0 60 0.934
W Stars 8 4 4 0 0 40 0.808
Somerset 844 0 0 40 -0.637
South’ton 8 350 0 30 -0.747
Warwick 826 0 0 20 -1.541
Cleveland 8 1 7 0 0 10 -1.662