One 50 Overs Premier Division leaders St David’s secured a 20-run triumph over St George’s in a thrilling East End derby at Wellington Oval yesterday to maintain their perfect record for the season.
Set a target of 219 in a match reduced to 47 overs because of a rain delay, St George’s came up short in their chase with experienced St David’s all rounders Allan Douglas and George O’Brien accounting for all but one of the home team’s wickets.
Douglas, brought into the attack as fifth change, claimed five for 36 and O’Brien, who opened the bowling, four for 25 as St George’s folded for 198 in the 45th over.
O’Brien wreaked havoc with the new ball as he snared the scalps of Temiko Wilson, the wicketkeeper, Treadwell Gibbons and Mishael Paynter in quick succession to leave St George’s reeling at 22 for three in the ninth over.
Macai Simmons, the St George’s captain, and Jahron Dickinson offered some resistance in a partnership of 69.
The stand was finally broken in the 25th over when Simmons was bowled offering no stroke to Delyone Borden after gathering 49 from 55 balls with four fours and a six.
Douglas was brought into the attack and made his presence felt as he claimed the wickets of Dickinson, who scored 36 from 72 balls, Chris Foggo and Ryan Steede in five overs as the home side slipped to 125 for seven.
St George’s fought back off the ropes with Detroy Smith producing 25 runs with Onais Bascome, before he was bowled for 23 in O’Brien’s second spell.
Bascome was dismissed by Douglas in the next over with the home side still 66 runs shy of their target with one wicket in hand and St David’s looking to finish the job.
However, St George’s’ tail wagged with the last pair of Osagi Bascome and Justin Denbrooke adding 45 runs in five overs to frustrate the visitors.
Bascome dominated the stand, thumping three fours and two sixes in a whirlwind innings of 40 from 35 balls, before he was bowled by Douglas to end the home side’s innings at 198 all out in 44.2 overs.
Earlier, middle-order bat O’Brien struck a team high 59 from 70 balls with six fours and a six after the visitors elected to bat.
Borden also produced a fine all round display with bat and ball as he scored 41 from 76 balls with eight fours opening the innings while middle-order bats Brian Hall and Loren Marshall chipped in with 30 and 22 before St David’s used up their quota of overs with one wicket in hand.
Smith, the opening bowler, led the St George’s attack with three for 46 while new ball partner Onais Bascome took two for 26.
Meanwhile, keeping pace with the unbeaten league leaders was second placed Southampton Rangers who condemned visiting Bailey’s Bay to their third loss of the season at Southampton Oval.
The home side secured a comfortable six-wicket triumph with Dion Stovell, the captain, top scoring with an unbeaten innings of 44 and claiming a wicket with his of break spin.
Bay were dismissed for 164 with two balls remaining in their innings after electing to bat.
Rangers replied with 165 for four in 37.2 overs.
Middle-order Derrick Brangman led the Bay batting with 57 from 72 balls with four fours and as many sixes with Zeko Burgess scoring an unbeaten 23 from 29 balls further down the order.
Malachi Jones, Janeiro Tucker and Charles Trott took two wickets each for the home side.
Rangers lost opener Jones early in their reply before Shannon Rayner and Tre Manders put the chase back on track by adding 40 runs for the second wicket.
Rayner departed in the eighth over for 19 however Stovell and Manders quickly repaired the damage by adding 63 runs for the third wicket to carry Rangers past the century mark.
The home side lost a bit of momentum after Manders departed for 33 and Ricardo Brangman, the wicketkeeper, for 34.
But by then victory was all but secured with Stovell and Tucker carrying Rangers across the line via an unbroken 18-run partnership.
Brangman led the Bay bowling with three for 44 to cap a fine all-round display.
Western Stars picked up their first win of the season after beating hosts Somerset by five wickets on Duckworth/Lewis in a match reduced to 47 overs because of a rain delay.
Stars restricted Somerset to 163 for eight in their allotted overs after winning the toss.
Dalin Richardson topped the home side’s batting with 45 runs from 88 balls, that included three fours a six, while Tai Cariah scored 44 from 67 balls with six fours and a six.
Somerset were reeling at 80 for six before Richardson and Cariah produced a 74 run stand to add some respectability to their team’s total.
Stars were 122 for five in their reply when rain halted play for good.
The visitors found themselves in early trouble at 34 for three before Jekon Edness, the Stars wicketkeeper/captain and former Somerset player, shared in two partnerships that pegged the home side back.
Edness added 34 runs with his uncle Andre Manders, another former Somerset captain, and 46 with former Stars captain Justin Robinson.
Edness was the last Stars wicket to fall after gathering 60 from 77 balls with nine fours.
Micah Simons and Jordan DeSilva, the Somerset captain, claimed two wickets each.