Douglas determined to build on strong form

  • Southampton Rangers all-rounder Allan Douglas Jr

Allan Douglas Jr is looking to build on his fine batting form as Southampton Rangers strive to keep their Premier Division Twenty20 title defence on track.

The all-rounder struck a maiden half-century and dominated a run-laden partnership that all but secured Rangers’ comfortable victory over Somerset Cricket Club last weekend.

“Coming out there at 140 for three, I thought that was enough for us to win the game.” Douglas said. “But looking back that innings actually did help, so that’s a blessing.”

Douglas hit 50 from 20 balls, including six sixes and two fours, and added 78-runs with Charles Trott for the fourth wicket. The bulk of Douglas’s runs came off the bowling of Somerset all-rounder Dalin Richardson, who went for 32 in a single over.

“It was my first half-century for my new club and it felt good,” Douglas said. “It was a batsman’s paradise and they were bowling in the right areas.”

Douglas joined Rangers from St David’s and has settled nicely into player-coach Janeiro Tucker’s team.

“It’s so easy playing with guys like Janeiro, Malachi Jones [captain], Dion Stovell and Tre Manders,” he added. “There’s a nice group of guys here and they make it easy to play cricket. I just bring my talent and try to play my part and keep pushing.”

Meanwhile, Premier Division T20 leaders Rangers will be looking for their fourth straight win when they face St George’s at Wellington Oval tomorrow, starting at 3pm. That game will be preceded by the First Division T20 affair between league leaders Flatts Victoria and Cleveland County, starting 11am.

Elsewhere tomorrow, Somerset will host a double-header, with Bailey’s Bay meeting St David’s at 11am, while Somerset take on Willow Cuts at 3pm, in back-to-back top-flight matches.

The Bermuda Under-19s and Devonshire Recreation Club will kick off this weekend’s fixtures in a First Division T20 match at White Hill Field, beginning at noon today.

Somerset Bridge and Warwick Workmen’s Club meet in the day’s later game at White Hill Field at 4pm.