SCF champions again

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Matt Hague’s side defeated second-placed Romerils by seven wickets at Les Quennevais to record their ninth consecutive Premier Division win of the season.

And it was captain Hague who led from the front, steering his side to victory in 28 overs chasing Romerils’ 133 all out in 41.4 overs on pitch one.

Hague said: ‘I think it was a good toss to lose, the wicket did look as if it had a bit in and I’m glad we did not bat first.

‘I said to my bowlers to bowl on the spot; they did that and it worked for us.

We bowled a good line and length and we were rewarded.

‘We had a good start and overall I think we valued our wickets more.

I felt good, I was seeing it well and although there were difficult balls to face I was reasonably happy that I applied myself well.’ Nick Jewell again bowled tidily for the new champions by taking four wickets for 24 runs in nine overs.

Romerils skipper Pete Blackburn said: ‘We got off to the worst possible start losing three wickets in the first few overs.

It was a nightmare start and in the end we did well to stay there for 41 overs.

‘Peter Scott batted really well for his 59 runs and had he not stayed there it would have been worse.

‘Sporting Club usually bat first when they win the toss and I didn’t want to put them in for us to possibly face a huge total.

The pitch didn’t help us either; there was an inconsistent bounce throughout.

‘We didn’t have a big enough total to defend and credit to Matt Hague he made batting look easy for his 77 runs.’ St Ouen and Caesareans defeated former champions Old Victorians and Springfield respectively, St Ouen qualifying for the Channel Islands KO Cup.

St Ouen won by four wickets against OVs leaving last year’s champions needing to win their final league match to qualify for the CI KO Cup.

Defeat this coming Saturday by Romerils will mean Caesareans will play in the competition.

Dave Morfee and Robin Tewkesbury put on 106 runs for St Ouen’s first wicket with Morfee hitting six boundaries and Tewkesbury nine.

Both batsmen also hit one 6.

Chris Jones top-scored with 86 for OVs, 12 boundaries, while Jones and Sam Dewhurst (50) put on an undefeated fifth-wicket partnership of 119.

Caesareans defeated Springfield by three wickets after restricting Springfield to 185 in 44.5 overs.Willem Pretorius scored a half-century for Springfield while Elanco took four wickets for 28 runs in 7.5 overs.

Arran Eagar top-scored for Caesareans with 42 not out while Mark Whitsey and Jules Nolli scored 35 and 24 respectively.

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