Rangers and Bay vying for T20 honours
A two-horse race between leaders Southampton Rangers and Baileyís Bay for the Twenty20 Premier Division title will go down to the wire after both teams secured wins during the penultimate round of the competition yesterday.
Rangers beat Cleveland County by 92 runs at Wellington Oval to maintain a five-point lead over Bay who kept their own T20 title hopes alive after handing Eastern Counties rivals Flatts a 52 run loss at Sea Breeze Oval.
St Davidís, last yearís T20 champions, who have long been eliminated from the title race, beat St Georgeís by 107 runs at Lordís to continue their revival of late under new coach George Cannonier and captain Justin Pitcher.
Rangers took another step towards adding more silverware to their trophy cabinet with a convincing win over Cleveland to avenge their only loss of the season to date against their rivals in the same competition last month.
Charles Trott produced a superb all-round display as he stroked a team high 39 in Rangersí total of 156 for seven and then claimed four for ten as Cleveland were dismissed for a paltry 64 in just 13.4 overs.
Lamont Brangman also wreaked havoc with the ball on the way to outstanding figures of five for 29.
Brangmanís sibling, wicketkeeper Ricardo Brangman, had a fine outing behind the stumps as he held two catches and had a stumping during the Cleveland innings.
Others making significant contributions to Rangersí total were opener Shannon Rayner (31) and middle-order batsman Deunte Darrell (25).
Meanwhile, at Sea Breeze Oval experienced all-rounder Derrick Brangman shone with the bat and ball to guide home side Bay to a comfortable win over Flatts.
Brangman struck a team high 38 in Bayís total of 142 for five after they elected to bat and then claimed four for 11 with his left-arm spin as Flatts were restricted to 90 for six in their reply.
Jermaine Outerbridge, who took two for 14, claimed the remaining Flatts wickets to fall.
Pierre Smith (37), Rodney Trott (31) and Terryn Fray (19) were the other Bay batsmen in double figures. In the remaining T20 Premier clash, St Davidís piled up an impressive 194 for six against St Georgeís at Lordís and then dismiss the visiting side, who were a man short, for 87 in 13 overs.
Macai Simmons, the former St Georgeís captain, topped the St Davidís batting with 59, while captain Justin Pitcher added 44, Lionel Cann 37 and OJ Pitcher 25. St Georgeís found themselves in early trouble in reply and never really recovered as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals throughout the innings.
Rudell Pitcher was the pick of the St Davidís bowling with three for 12 while Sheldon Caesar claimed two for 27.
Onias Bascome, the St Georgeís captain, claimed four for 32 in a losing cause for the visiting side.