Western Eagles & Brilliant lead cricket playoffs

The Western Eagles cricket team of Rancho Dolores and the Brilliant Cricket Club of Crooked Tree are leading the playoffs of the 2012 Smart Harrison Parks Cricket Competition.

The Western Eagles have secured their berth in the finals by a second victory 79-76 against Berlan in Bermudian Landing in their playoff series on Saturday, June 9.

Western Eagles  bowled Berlan all out for a mere 58 runs when they hosted the first playoff match in Rancho, and in their turn at bat, the Rancho batsmen equalled and surpassed that score with five wickets in hand.

Berlan won the toss and elected to bat first again in the second match, but Norman Pook dismissed both opening batsmen for zero runs. Jeovannie Baizar entered only to fall victim to Shane Young’s bowling after scoring a paltry three runs, and Jerry Cassasola only managed two runs before he was run out.

Sherman Smith entered to hit two sixes and a boundary for 31 runs before he was caught, while bowler Herbert Banner managed only one run. Shane Young dismissed the next two batsmen for two runs.

Kevin “Uzi” Flowers entered to hit 13 runs, remaining not out while Lawrence Russell scored 10 runs before he fell to the bowling of the Rancho captain, Dirk Sutherland, who also dismissed the last batsman for zero runs.

Kevin Flowers would also dismiss both opening Rancho batsman for zero runs, and even the redoubtable Dirk Sutherland could only manage six runs before he was stumped, another victim to the Uzi. Jude Joseph did little better;   seven runs before Uzi got him to pop up for the easy catch.

Joe Gillett scored 11 runs before he too popped up a ball bowled by Herbert Banner and was caught.

Joseph Benjamin then partnered with Norman Pook and hit a six to score 16 runs before he was caught on a ball bowled by Leroy Cassasola, while Norman Pook hit a six and two boundaries scoring 19 runs before he was caught on a ball from Herbert Banner.

Kevin Flowers took his fourth wicket for one run, but the Rancho men were close now, and Dean Perez Sr entered and hit a boundary and a six to put them over the top, 79-76.

The first playoff match between Brilliant and Excellence of Double Head Cabbage had been rained out the week before in Crooked Tree and resumed play in Double Head Cabbage on Saturday.

Sylbert Martinez batted 54 runs as he led  Excellence batters to score 225 runs, even as Alburn Wade and Landis “Ciego” Wade took three wickets each for Brilliant.

When Brilliant came to bat, Orson Flowers and Ian Vasquez took two wickets each, but led by Eldon “Pia” Wade with 65 runs, the Brilliant batsmen scored 228 runs to win. Game two of the series comes up in Crooked Tree on Saturday, June 16.

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