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Kevon Fubler takes long road to get into Cup Match consideration

Kevon Fubler

Cup Match challengers St George’s have added a powerful weapon to their squad just weeks ahead of the midsummer spectacle.

The East Enders recent acquisition of all-rounder Kevon Fubler on loan from Willow Cuts gives selectors a significant slow-bowling option, one taken off the doorstep of champions Somerset.

Early returns from the move have been rich, with Fubler’s left-arm orthodox spin proving unplayable over the weekend against Western Stars and St David’s.

Fubler’s debut performance for his new club on Saturday was nothing short of superb, as the 32-year-old ripped apart Western Stars’ middle order, claiming six for 17 from 8.2 overs and spurring St George’s to a landslide 293-run victory.

Sunday offered further reward in a match of great consequence relative to the Premier Division 50 overs title, as he brought forth the goods with both bat and ball.

Fubler came in to halt a rare early order collapse by St George’s, his 37 at No 5 timely and necessary in establishing a target close to par.

“I had to make some tough decisions throughout the game and one of them was to push Kevon up the batting order to fifth ahead of Macai Simmons and Abdul Salam to counteract Derrick Brangman’s left-arm spin,” said St George’s coach Clay Smith, explaining his use of Fubler as a batter. “Kevon came in and did a great job.”

Even as he took just a single wicket, Fubler's contribution exceeded a steady stream of dot balls, resulting in three maidens to paralyse the Warriors’ chase.

“Kevon’s been a breath of fresh air,” added Smith. “Left-arm spinners are crucial in Bermuda sport because if you look anywhere in history you will see how we’ve struggled against quality left-arm spin.

“Fubler has come in committed to working hard and being a part of the team.

“He has a good head on his shoulders. I’ve watched his game develop over the last two weeks in terms of his consistency and I look for great things from him over the next couple of months.”

Fubler, who plays in the Cup Match trial for St George’s against Cleveland County today, has left Willow Cuts struggling at the foot of the league and destined for relegation.

Nevertheless, club leader Dexter Basden said that he and the rest of the organisation supported Fubler’s desire to move on and enhance his chances of reaching his goal of playing in Cup Match.

“Kevon stressed to me his desire to play Cup Match and the situation in Somerset is that the team is so strong it would take time for him to work his way in,” Basden said.

“That’s not to say he couldn’t get in, but the situation at St George’s is that they may be able to make better use of his services.

They’re looking to put together a team that could better compete against Somerset which makes his chances a lot better.

“His going on loan I endorse and the club as a whole supports Kevon and we believe he can make it. He’s done for us this season. He scored fifty, had a 30 not out as well as taking wickets. He’s also an excellent fielder, so he has a lot to offer.

“It would also be good for the club to have someone representing Willow Cuts in Cup Match.”

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Published July 06, 2024 at 7:55 am (Updated July 06, 2024 at 7:35 am)

Kevon Fubler takes long road to get into Cup Match consideration

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