2020-07-12 - 13:50:09 SPORTS |
CRICKET RETURNS TO LIMITED AUDIENCE
The boys of summer made a belated return to the pitch as the Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) staged the opening pair of T20 matches at Wellington Oval on Saturday with Warwick Workman’s Club and Southampton Rangers each recording their first wins of the new season.
However, there was yet disappointment for several would be attendees even with the event having garnered a special group gathering increased allowance of up to 250 persons, a total easily achieved and forcing gate officials to turn away would be patrons.
Warwick v Devonshire
Warwick won my 149 runs at Wellington Oval
Warwick 198-6, Devonshire 49
In the day’s first match, a First Division affair, Warwick won the toss and chose to bat against Devonshire Rec., the decision proving a wise one even after losing opener Dominic Sabir for a five-ball duck with only 19 runs on the board.
However, an explosive half-century by fellow opening batsman Stephen Dill quickly put pay to any early visions of grandeur Devonshire had.
Dill bashed the bowling for five sixes and an equal number of fours, compiling 60 runs from a mere 28 balls compiling and impressive strike rate of 214.3. He was ably partnered by Akeem Ible in a 49 run second wicket partnership before Dill was undone, bowled by Lovintz Tota.
Runs continued to flow for Warwick in spite of the loss of Dill, with Toleair Caines likewise feasting on the opposing attack with an unbeaten knock of 47 that had three sixes and three boundaries while taking just 23 balls for its achievement.
Other useful contributions came from Ible (18), Kyle Swan (21) and Corey Burgess (26) as Warwick amassed an imposing total of 198-for-six.
Tota was the best bowler with two-for-16 from his allotted four overs, while Chris Dailey claimed two-for-39. Others taking wickets were Alafia Henry and Dion Ball with one apiece.
Turning to bat Devonshire never got out of the starting blocks as they simply collapsed in the face of a demanding chase, with the ineptitude of their bats emphasized by the fact that the top ‘scorer’ appeared in the form of 15 extras with no batsman managing to venture into double figures as they managed a meagre 49 all out.
There was no answer to Cory Burgess who took four wickets at a miserly cost of two runs from four overs that included two maidens. Caines meanwhile took two wickets to cap a fine all-round performance while also claiming a pair of scalps was Jodi Maronie.
Southampton Rangers v Bailey’s Bay
Southampton Rangers won by 77 Runs at Wellington Oval
Southampton Rangers 167-9 Bailey’s Bay 91
Southampton Rangers demonstrated why they stand as favourites among the Premier Division as they destroyed would be contenders Bailey’s Bay by 7 runs in the feature contest at Wellington Oval.
Chief initial architect of the triumph was middle order batsman Charles Trott who top scored with a well compiled 59 that included three sixes and four fours and came from 39 balls.
Next high man was the evergreen Janeiro Tucker who lustily made his way to 31 despite coming in at number eight, sending three balls out for six, his score coming from a mere 14 balls with a more than two-run-a-ball scoring rate.
For Bay Kyle Hodsoll led the attack with three wickets at expensive cost of 43, while Coolridge Durham and Jhare Blakney each claimed two.
What seemed a challenging but gettable target of 167 quickly became an impossible task as following an aggressive 27 from opener Zeko Burgess Bay collapsed in disarray, with Hodsoll (24 not out) the only bat to provide any further resistance.
Tayo Smith and Malachi Jones each took three wickets for the victors, while Trott ended with two of his own.
More matches are taking place today (Sunday) at both ends of the Island.
Somerset Cricket Club: Cleveland v Somerset Bridge (noon); Somerset v St David’s (4pm).
Wellington Oval: Flatts v Western Stars (noon); St George’s v Willow Cuts (4pm).
*The following rules apply for spectators attending cricket matches:
• Must arrive early to avoid congestion at gate
• Maximum of 250 persons allowed inside the grounds
• If you feel ill in any way, do not enter the grounds
• All spectators will have to pay an entry fee of $5
• Must wear a mask when moving around the grounds
• Social-distancing is in effect, six feet apart with groups no larger than 20
• Bathrooms will be accessible, with one person entering the bathroom at a time
• Senior citizens (65+) and children under the age of 12 should be aware of the health risk before entering the grounds
• All spectators will be barred from entering the players’ zone
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