The Royal Gazette masthead Western Stars defeated Bermuda's Under-19 national team by eight runs in a nail biter that went right down to the wire at St.John's Field on Saturday.

Set a target of 183 for victory, the Island's youngsters appeared well on course to securing what would've been a third Premier Division win of the season.

However, through a combination of complacency and some aggressive bowling from seamer Treadwell Gibbons jr at the death, Bermuda's Under 19s came undone when victory seemed theirs for the taking to give Stars a hard-fought win in front of an appreciative crowd present at the Pembroke ground.

Gibbons, who softened the opposition's batsmen with a barrage of short- pitched deliveries, made the initial breakthrough with the new ball by enticing opener Steven Bremar jr (36) to hook into the waiting hands of a well-positioned Wayne Campbell fielding just backward of square.

Gibbons then returned later to mop up the visitor's tail during a second spell with the old ball, trapping tail-enders Kyle Hodsoll (four) and Kearon Trott (0) leg before and snatching Tamuri Tucker (five) fielding at mid-wicket to help propel Stars to what at one stage seemed an highly improbable win.

Gibbons finished with overall figures of three for 28 off 8.4 overs with one maiden, and earlier struck a boundary-filled 20 during a 57-run opening stand with Maurice Lowe (78) that provided Stars with a solid foundation to build upon.

That Bermuda's Under 19s were denied owed much to their own doing as they slumped from the relative comfort of 122 for three to 174 all out in 42.4 overs on a good batting strip against some wayward bowling through a series of ill-advised shots on both sides of the wicket.

Openers Bremar and Terryn Fray (26) gave the visitors just the start needed in their run chase by producing 51 -runs for the first-wicket before the former departed attempting a seventh boundary. Skipper Rodney Trott (15) then steadied the ship after Bremar's dismissal by adding another 42 runs with Fray but virtually gifted his wicket away heaving over a yorker length Lowe delivery aimed directly at the stumps.

Fray and Maurico Bassett (three) added another 29 runs for the third-wicket to keep the visitors on track. But once anchorman Fray was run out through miscommunication between the stumps and then Bassett was also caught short outside of his crease by Gibbons' direct throw from the mid-wicket region, slowly but steadily the pendulum began to swing in Stars' favour once and for all.

Middle order bats Jordan DeSilva (0), Dejon Carey (four) and Dennico Hollis (0) all fell in quick succession. Yet at 152 for seven the Island's youngsters were still within sight of victory needing to score a further 31 -runs to get the job done with ample deliveries to spare.

But all hopes eventually evaporated once Gibbons returned for a second spell as he cleverly worked around last recognised batsman Chris Douglas (33 not out) to pick two crucial wickets and take a routine catch to dismiss Tucker off the bowling of Raymond Butterfield who along with the injured Jah Jah Millett (shoulder) claimed two wickets apiece while Lowe had one for 36.

Earlier Stars threatened to put Bermuda's Under 19s to the sword after openers Gibbons and Lowe - who struck the only half-century in the match - got off to a flyer at the crease.

Gibbons struck four fours before he was trapped in front of his stumps while incoming bats Ryan Tyrell (five) and Don Vickers (0) both went cheaply.

Veteran batsman Wayne Campbell (29) and Lowe - who banged 11 boundaries during his top knock - breathed much sought life into the innings by adding 57-runs for the fourth-wicket before Stars suffered a severe collapse from which they never recovered from.

Following the swift dismissals of Campbell - who hit three fours and a six- Lowe and skipper Justin Robinson (0) all in the space of two-runs, Stars lost their remaining four- wickets with the addition of only 18 runs as off spinner Douglas and seamer Trott ripped through the host team's lower order with ease.

Douglas seized four for 20 to lead the Under 19s attack while Trott - who required medical attention for a nasty blow to his left hand - provided solid support by taking three for 12 off four overs with one maiden.

Also on Saturday, spurred on by OJ Pitcher's half-century (52) and Arthur Pitcher's three-wicket haul, St.David's handed Somerset a 100-run loss at Somerset Cricket Club.

At Wellington Oval, World Cup pacer Kevin Hurdle claimed two for 31 and Nakia Smith blasted 67 to guide visiting Social Club to a three-wicket win over Cleveland County while Flatts comfortably defeated St.George's by seven- wickets at Lords with Grenadine batsman James Celestine hammering an unbeaten 117 and seamer Nelson Bascome jr grabbing four for 59.

During Saturday's sole First Division clash at Police Field, Police easily disposed of PHC by eight-wickets with all rounder Anderson Cumberbatch snaring three for 50 and then clubbing an unbeaten 55 to seal the host team's victory.