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Rangers retain Western Counties title

Warwick 91 all out

Southampton Rangers 92 for six

Southampton Rangers successfully defended their Western Counties title with a four-wicket win over Warwick at White Hill Field on Saturday.

In the final round of the Western Counties for 2013, the champions were made to work for the win over their less fancied opponents.

“We knew what needed to be done today, it wasn't the prettiest but we are the champions for this year and will enjoy this,” said Rangers all-rounder Derrick Brangman.

“Nothing is given to you in the world of sports, so the onus was on us to go out there, do all the areas of the game effectively and then give ourselves a chance to win with the bat, and that's what we did.”

Batting first, Warwick posted a lowly 91 runs in 45.3 overs, thanks in large part to the bowling of Alex Dore.

The youngster, who claimed five wickets in his 10 overs that included five maidens, was the chief destroyer as he set about taking the life out of Warwick.

He got the prized wickets of Lionel Cann (26) and Jordan DeSilva (25), and followed those two up with taking three more in the lower order, making sure the tail didn't wag.

Janeiro Tucker and Ryan Belboda chipped in with two wickets for 20 and 16 runs respectively, while birthday boy Derrick Brangman helped himself to a wicket for nine runs off his 10 overs.

The run chase would end up being eventful for the spectators as Warwick put up a fight by taking wickets at a steady rate.

Curtis Jackson (18) and Chris Pitcher (18) got the side to 19 before Jackson was the first to depart courtesy of DeSilva who got him to hit a ball to Koshun Durrant, and Pitcher would follow his opening partner with the score on 31, lbw to Kani Darrell.

Dore (11) and skipper Dion Stovell (18) made brief cameos before Dore was out at 38, and Tucker was quickly following him back to the pavilion having only scored one and the score 39 for four.

Brangman (0) and Stovell would be the next two wickets to fall, on 46 and 82 respectively, but veteran Ian Armstrong (21) and youngster Christian Gibbons (three not out) would get the side over the hurdle in 25.2 overs.

“It was a very tough set of games in the Counties this year, it has been like this for some time now,” said Brangman.

“Warwick have a good young team at their club and hopefully, if they all stay together, can be a major force one day.”

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Published August 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm (Updated August 25, 2013 at 1:16 pm)

Rangers retain Western Counties title

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