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Cleveland stay top of T20 First Division with win over Flatts

Playing his part: Steven Bremar top scored with 33 runs for Cleveland against Flatts (File photograph by Lawrence Trott)

Lord’s (Cleveland County won the toss): Cleveland County beat Flatts Victoria by 15 runs

Cleveland County guaranteed promotion to the Athene T20 Premier Division after they held off Flatts Victoria on Sunday.

Steven Bremar top scored for Cleveland with 33 as Allan Douglas Jr (28) and captain Mackih McGowan chipped in with an unbeaten 23 to take Cleveland to a total of 106 in 18.4 overs after they won the toss and opted to bat first.

In response, opener JJ Nel again starred with a half century but he was not given enough support as some strong Cleveland bowling limited Flatts to 91 for eight in their 20 overs.

Cleveland’s innings got off to a disastrous start when Q'Shai Darrell departed in the second over and he was soon followed by veteran Treadwell Gibbons, so it was left to Bremar, Douglas and McGowan to get the league leaders to a decent total.

Detroy Smith bowled beautifully for Flatts to claim four wickets for nine runs in three overs and he was backed by Paul Carr-Harvey, who finished with three for 13 in 3.4 overs.

McGowan gave Cleveland a bright start with the ball when he had Kevin Hurdle caught by Douglas for a two-ball duck. Nel struck four fours and the same number of sixes for a fighting 54, off 41 balls, but the rest of the Flatts batting was a huge disappointment, with four batters run out.

With two matches left before the end of the season, Cleveland are guaranteed promotion, but they will need keep an eye on second placed Warwick Workmen’s, who can still pip them to the title.

Southampton Oval (No toss): Warwick beat Southampton by two wickets

Warwick kept up the pressure on Cleveland by winning a tight match against Southampton Rangers.

Rangers captain Dalin Richardson led from the front for his side with a fine knock of 43 before he was caught by Malachi Jones off the bowling of Kwasi James.

Jaloni Albouy (24), Keishon Wilson (15) and Jahmori Beach (19 not out) all contributed valuable innings as Rangers set a total of 130 for eight for Warwick to chase.

They looked to be struggling at 49 for four midway through the innings but the steadying influence of national player Jones made the difference.

Coming in at No.5, he put on 27 runs for the fifth wicket with James and contributed a valuable 31 runs before he was bowled by Makai Jacobs.

Warwick were always ahead of the run-rate but started to run out of wickets with the losses of Trey Vance (15) and Callum MacFarlane (1) leaving them at 125 for eight, bur No. 10 batter Jody Maroni produced a boundary at the perfect time to secure the points.

White Hill Field (Somerset Bridge won toss): Somerset Bridge beat Devonshire Rec by 67 runs

Somerset Bridge’s top order did the damage on Sunday as their side run out easy winners over Devonshire Rec.

Shawn Riley hit 76, off 66 balls, and his fellow opener Neil Thakur fell just two short of his half century as they produced a first-wicket partnership of 136 runs.

Riley was eventually bowled by Dion Ball with Thakur trapped leg before by Rudell Pitcher, with Samir Tavares the only other Bridge wicket to fall when he was run out off the last ball of the innings.

Set a daunting target of 142 to win, Rec could not find a partnership of any note to bring them close to their total, with only Derwin Adams (10), Rudell Pitcher (12) and Drewonde Bascome making it into double figures.

The line-up managed to last only 15.5 overs as they were bowled out for 75, with Tavares the pick of the Bridge attack, taking three for 21. Cadenc Douglas and Shane Hollis picked up two wickets each.

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Published September 18, 2023 at 10:02 am (Updated September 18, 2023 at 10:03 am)

Cleveland stay top of T20 First Division with win over Flatts

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