Stovell backing Rangers to gain revenge
Dion Stovell, the deputising Southampton Rangers captain, believes his team were the orchestrators of their own demise in a humbling defeat against fellow Premier Division Twenty20 title contenders St David’s.
The Islanders threw the title race wide open after beating leaders Rangers by six wickets at Lord’s last weekend.
Reflecting on the match, Stovell said: “We lost the game ourselves in a manner that we shouldn’t have.
“The way we played was horrible. [There were] far too many dot balls and not rotating the strike, and bad bowling and fielding.”
The win moved St David’s, who are coached by Ricky Brangman, the former Rangers captain and coach, level on points with the leaders who have a superior run rate.
The two teams will meet again during the final round of the season on September 13 at White Hill Field.
“We know how to bounce back and improve for the remaining fixtures,” Stovell added.
“I thought that was our worse performance in years. It’s life and part of the game.
“Obviously we don’t want to lose, especially to our old team-mates and coach. But when we play them again we will be better prepared.”
The title race is shaping up to be an intriguing one with third-placed Bailey’s Bay ten points adrift of Rangers and St David’s.
Back-to-back victories have also catapulted fourth-placed Somerset Cricket Club into the title chase heading into this weekend.
Meanwhile, Rangers regular captain, Malachi Jones, could be available for his team’s game against Bay at Lord’s on Saturday.
The all-rounder was ruled out of Rangers’ previous two outings against St George’s and St David’s through personal commitments.
“We have to remember people have a life outside of cricket and these last couple of weeks he [Jones] had personal commitments,” Stovell said.
“Malachi is our captain and everybody respects and enjoys playing alongside him. Hopefully he is available for the rest of the season to take his team back.”
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