Cuts draft in colts for Rangers clash
Willow Cuts have named four colts, including three from their under-17 team, for their Western Counties second-round match against champions Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval today.
Malachi Jones, the Cuts captain, is unavailable along with Deunte Darrell, Kavon Fubler, Sheroy Fubler and Dean Stephens, leaving Cuts to recall Dexter Basden, their former captain, who will play alongside his 14-year-old son Joseph who makes his debut with other youngsters Faheem Swan and Micah Simons.
Shaquille Jones, a regular for Cuts this season after joining them from Somerset, is also a colt. Chris Douglas will captain the team in the absence of Jones who misses the chance to play against his former team.
“It's not going to be the regular team that we put out there every Sunday,” said Basden, who will play his first match since the Belco Cup. “We have a team capable of winning the Western Counties, it's just not our regular eleven that we use on a Sunday.
“It's good in a sense because we have a couple of youngsters who play in the under-17s who will play. We will have our regular team for Sunday [against Bailey's Bay].”
Swan and Joseph Basden are both spin bowlers while Simons is a left-arm swing bowler.
“I played two Belco Cup games so it looks like I only play the cup games,” joked Basden Sr.
“My son is playing for the first time and I don't mind being out there with him. We will play to win, it only takes two batsmen to get going.”
The two teams played in the closest match in the Logic Premier Division this season when Cuts pulled off an exciting three-run win two weeks ago at Somerset.
Dion Stovell stood down as captain immediately after that match which saw him involved in a mid-crease incident with Chris Douglas as tension ran high between the West County rivals.
In another match today, St George's will stage their second Cup Match trial today when they meet Cleveland at Wellington Oval in what will also be an important match for Cleveland ahead of next weekend's Eastern Counties clash with St David's.
Tomorrow, St David's, the league leaders, travel to the west end to meet Somerset while Bailey's Bay host Cuts and St George's welcome Southampton Rangers to Wellington Oval.
In the First Division, leaders Somerset Bridge meet Devonshire Rec at White Hill Field, Warwick play Western Stars at Southampton Obval and Flatts take on PHC at St David's.
The under-17s, who beat Devonshire Rec, last weekend, take on Flatts today at St John's Field.
n Macai Simmons, the St George's all-rounder, has received a two-game suspended sentence from the Bermuda Cricket Board's disciplinary committee after pleading guilty to a Level 2 charge of “serious dissent at an umpire's decision” during his team's Premier Division encounter against Cleveland County on July 6.