Business as usual for SCF

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In glorious conditions it was business as usual for SCF who doubled their lead at the top to two points after cruising to a ten-wicket victory against Old Victorians with 13 overs to spare.Island openers Matt Hague and Steve Carlyon were again in fine form – last weekend the pair made 70 and 74 respectively in the CI KO Cup – on Saturday with Hague hitting eight boundaries to make 82 and Carlyon one six and nine fours on his way to 69.Third-placed OVs’ 45-over total of 155 for 8 included a fine knock of 60 from former Island seamer Chris Searson.Dave Gorman followed up last Saturday’s ton against Guernsey’s Optimists with a half century against Romerils.

The former Island captain featured in a 61-run second-wicket partnership with teenager Danny Bertram to lay the foundations in a total of 192 for 6.Gorman faced 79 balls in 108 minutes and hit four 4s before falling to Gez McKeever.

Bertram also struck four boundaries on his way to 37.Romeril’s were in trouble early on and after losing four wickets in the first ten overs, two each for Danny Bower and Mark Woodall, failed to recover and were all out for 80 in 30 overs, beaten by 112 runs.

Andrew Bird was the only Romerils batsman to show any resistance, top-scoring with 27.St Ouen won the basement battle against Old Codgers by five wickets with just one ball to spare.

Jim Walls and John Douglas were the mainstays with the bat for Old Codgers, putting on 112 runs for the fourth wicket with Walls top-scoring with 64.

Douglas contributed 58, both batsmen scoring eleven 4s, in a total of 194 for 9.

Karl Moyse’s ten-over spell included five maidens and three wickets.St Ouen recovered from the early loss of Richard Gomersall to reach their target.

Opener Rob Tewkesbury (57) and Gary Kynman (88) put on 94 for the second wicket to lay the foundations for St Ouen’s first league win.The top two in Division II both won yesterday – Springfield by 106 runs against St Ouen Reserves and OVs Reserves by nine runs against SCF Reserves.Matthew Banahan (SCF) and Wil Gorman (OVs) grabbed four wickets apiece, Banahan for just eight runs in 7.3 overs and Gorman for 21 in eight overs.

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