Colin Zuill, The Royal Gazette
Lionel Cann made Flatts pay dearly for fielding only nine men in Saturday's Premier Divsion game at Lords when he unleashed a savage attack on their bowlers to finish with a sparkling knock of 207 in his team's 176-run victory.
The performance by the player-coach easily outstaged a spirited reply led by Flatts' bat James Celestine, who struck a fine 102 to continue what has been a sensational season for him. But he needed more Herculean performances for his team to snatch victory on this occasion.
It was clearly Cann's day of punishment as he tore the depleted bowling to parts with vitious strokes all around the ground, his fine innings including 20 fours and 15 sixes of 116 balls.
Opening the innings for the eastenders once again Cann joined O.J. Pitcher in a fourth wicket stand that put on 128 runs, the latter scoring 84 with 10 fours and three sixes. Joining the Bermuda World Cup duo in the run spree was another World Cup campaigner Delyone Borden who was undefeated on 55 with a six and six fours while Chris Foggo chipped in with 21.
On a day when Flatts' bowlers were forced to toil under extreme humid and hot conditions Kijuan Franks had the most outstanding analyses with two wickets for 94 runs off 10 overs.
After the brutal mauling they received at the hands of the St. David's bats Flatts nevertheless still had the fighting spirit to make a game of it with Celestine rallying with a positive batting response, forcing the St. David's bowlers to sweat it out at times.
His century included eight fours and 10 sixes, almost as savage of a performance as Cann, but in the case of the Flatts' batsman he was unable to find a suitable partner to help the team with a formidable stand.
Player-coach Dean Minors stayed around for awhile with 30 while Phillip Burgess chipped in with 27, but nobody else was capable of lending any further decent support as the team were dismantled in just 31.5 overs.
Veteran spinner Del Hollis spearheaded the bowling for the eastenders with four wickets for 64 runs off 9.5 overs and a maiden while medium-pacer Arthur Pitcher snatched three for 57 off 10 overs with a maiden.