In the end St. George’s we’re successful in hosting Cup Match in the midst of a pandemic, however they were decidedly unsuccessful in avoiding defeat at the hands of arch rivals Somerset.
Somerset, who weeks ago had offered that the hosts should not put on the match due to Covid-19 concerns, drove home a second reason as to why they should not have bothered, beating the hosts by 10 wickets.
In truth the match was never a contest, as it could be said that St. George’s did their utmost to hand the match to their opponents, so irresponsible and reckless was their performance, particularly while batting on a pitch they well knew required circumspection.
While the die had likely been cast once St. George’s declared at a less than optimal 151, Somerset doubled down in their chances by securing a decisive 130 run first innings lead, fueled by a boundary filled century from Chris Douglas, who top scored with 128.
St. George’s we’re exposed as ill-equipped and inferior in all aspects of the game despite a bevy of changes to the squad, formula and strategy when compared to the champions and a return to the drawing board appears necessary.
Like dominoes stacked in rows St. George’s wickets tumbled in the face of a Somerset bowling attack led by Malachi Jones who took wickets with all manner of delivery from medium-fast pace bowling to slower seaming deliveries added to a spell of slow off breaks.
Jones was ably assisted by the likes of Dion Stovell, Kamau Leverock, Greg Maybury and Derrick Brangman all of whom took full advantage of a well worn pitch.
Detroy Smith represented the best and worst of St. George’s’ concept of batsmanship, offering an array of textbook drives before making the fateful decision to needlessly bat across the line at a critical moment and get caught behind the wicket.
To their credit St. George’s we’re able to erase the incurred deficit, but in drawing level and losing their final wicket it was left for Leverock to notch a single and send Somerset fans into several states of delirium and likely cause greater depression among east end supporters.
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