Southampton Rangers v Bermuda Under-19s
Despite being dismissed for a paltry 94, Bermuda's Under-19 team showed sufficient enthusiasm to force champions Southampton Rangers to sweat it out in this Premier Division 50-overs game at Southampton Oval yesterday.
The favourites eventually won by three wickets but had player-coach Janeiro Tucker (12 not out) not been spilled when he was on nine with Rangers hovering at a precarious 85 for seven, the outcome might have been different.
Batting first the Under-19s' innings lasted just 26.4 overs with the early dismissal of opener Rodney Trott (0) without a run on the board leaving them with an uphill battle.
But remaining opener Terryn Fray (17) and number three bat Maurico Bassett (35) defied all that Rangers could throw at them for a valuable 61-run second wicket partnership.
However, when their fightback ended only skipper Malachi Jones (11) of the remaining batsmen managed to reach double figures.
Young medium pacer Jason Wade tore through the Under-19s order, finishing with five wickets for 32 off 9.2 overs while opening bowler Traddie Simpson claimed two for nine off six overs. Janeiro Tucker returned three for 12 off six overs.
Getting the required runs for victory proved to be more than just a formality for the champions who got the message early that their opponents weren't about to throw in the towel as opener Curtis Jackson was dismissed for just two with the score on nine.
Stability was to come for Rangers in the form of the other opener Dion Stovell and Rohan Simons, Stovell finishing top scorer on 31 and Simons adding 18. But with wickets falling regularly at the opposite end the youngsters were always in with a chance with spinner Rodney Trott and Kyle Hodsoll in menacing form.
Trott returned five for 15 off seven overs while Hodsoll had two for 17 off six.
Somerset v Flatts Victoria
At Somerset, visitors Flatts were able to make a positive response to a decent total put up by their hosts, thanks to a superb innings of 75 by James Celestine.
The West Enders were inspired by the batting of Tony Cheeseman who struck 44, but too few others were able to contribute to the home side's total.
Nelson Bascome jr was the best of the bowlers for Flatts with three wickets for 32 off 9.5 overs.
With Celestine in fine form, Flatts were able to reach their target with three wickets to spare.
Spinner Hasan Durham was the top bowler for Somerset, taking three for 36 off his 10 overs.
St David's v St George's
St.David's comfortably defeated East End rivals St.George's by 119 runs at Lords yesterday.
The Islanders got on top of their opponents from the outset after being sent in to bat on a grassy strip with openers Chris Foggo (59) and Fiqre Crockwell sharing in a 111-run opening stand.
Former national team batsman Foggo cracked two sixes and a four during a 80-ball knock while Crockwell blasted five fours off 108 deliveries.
Master blaster Lionel Cann kept the runs flowing lower down the order with a typically brisk 60 scored off a mere 28 balls. Cann whipped five sixes and four fours off a St.George's attack led by veteran spinner Eugene (Calabash) Foggo who took five for 45 off seven overs and young seamer Rudell Pitcher who had three for 56.
Set a challenging target for victory, the visitors batsmen faltered in their reply with opener Oronde Bascome top scoring with 34 off 28 balls.
Others in double figures were Troy Hall (29 not out) while wicketkeeper/batsman Jason Anderson and all-rounder Herbie Bascome each contributed 25 with the bat.
Veteran leg break spinner David (Chick) Adams did not bat after injuring himself fielding earlier during the Islanders' innings.
Seamer Justin Pitcher grabbed three for 41 to spearhead the St.David's attack while World Cup veteran Delyone Borden seized two for 18.
Cleveland County v Western Stars
Cleveland secured a 26-run victory over visiting Western Stars in a high-scoring affair at Wellington Oval.
Cleveland won the toss and elected to bat first and found runs easy to come by against a youthful Stars outfit.
Carlton (Fluke) Richardson celebrated his birthday with a well played 52 scored off 74 balls including two sixes and five fours while wicketkeeper Patrick Stamp added 40 off 54 balls, Aaron Adams 39, player/coach Clay Smith 33, Dennis Mussen jr 25 and Courtney Trott 23.
Seamers Treadwell Gibbons jr and Jah Jah Millett claimed two for 20 and two for 53 respectively for Stars.
Led by Maurice Lowe's top knock of 89 and useful innings from Don Vickers (30) and skipper Justin Robinson (26), Stars came close in their pursuit of the target. Lowe hit 12 fours and a six but narrowly failed to complete what would have been a deserved century.
Lawyer Charles Richardson led the Cleveland attack with impressive figures of four for 38 while Mussen and Trott took two for 36 and two for 31 respectively to see the home team safely through to a first Premier Division win since gaining promotion last season.