Brangman makes Eastern Counties his own

  • What a start: Brangman had an outstanding debut series in the Eastern Counties for Bailey’s Bay, winning the Man of the Series and Best Spinner awards (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

The Eastern Counties seems to bring the very best out of Derrick Brangman.

The Bailey’s Bay left-arm spinner owned this summer’s series, as he broke a 14-year-old colts bowling record, picked up two Man of the Match awards, was named Man of the Series and was awarded the Stanley Smith Trophy for Spinner of the Series.

“I am really proud of what I achieved in the Eastern Counties, especially the colts record,” Brangman said. “Hopefully I can keep it for awhile.

“It was a good track to bowl on at Lord’s, but you have to put the work in. I thought it was a good wicket for batting and bowling.”

Brangman is very fond of the Eastern Counties, whose origins predate the Bermuda Cricket Board.

“The atmosphere at Eastern Counties is great,” he said. “A lot of people come to see good cricket and that’s what they got.”

Brangman, who copped Premier Division MVP accolades three seasons ago, has come into his own in recent years and appears to be reaping the benefits from the hard work he puts in in training.

“I train hard,” he said. “I go to the gym, do a little running and extras and just try to eat good.”

Bay are the first team in several years to record victories in every round.

They dethroned holders St David’s in the first round, with Man of the Match Brangman setting a new colts bowling record after claiming six for 40. The previous colts record was held by St David’s guest player Jacobi Robinson, who claimed five for 47 on his debut against Bay in 2003.

Bay then recorded comfortable victories over Cleveland in the second round and Flatts in the final last weekend, with Brangman claiming five for 18 to take his overall series wicket haul to 11.

“Winning every round is an historical feat and I am very proud to have been a part of it,” said Brangman, the son of Southampton Rangers coach and former captain Ricky Brangman.

“We have a good group of guys and it would be nice if the team sticks together for a while.”

The Eastern Counties series switches to Sea Breeze Oval next summer, where the champions will defend their title in front of their own fans.

“I am really looking forward to playing on our home field,” Brangman said. “It’s going to be nice and we will just have to wait and see what happens.”

Bay will begin their defence against Cleveland in the first round of next year’s series with the winners meeting Flatts in the second round. The winners of the second round will face St David’s in the final.