BY DEAN GREENAWAY
Unbeaten and defending champions Grenada advanced to the BVI Cricket Association LIME Twenty 20 League Premier Division final, after beating Royal Knights by four wickets in Greenland on Sunday.
Grenada is seeking to join Cavaliers as the only successive winners and in the process, walk off with the inaugural A. O. Shirley Shield,
“This was a game everybody was looking forward to after we played them in a league game and it was a close call, so we decided to come out and bring a different strategy to the game,” noted captain Derol Redhead who was caught out for 38. “We shuffled our batting and our bowling—because we have batting and bowling to go at them.”
Chasing Royal Knight’s 189 for victory, Grenada was in total command of the game cruising at 140, when Rodney Marryshow fell, caught and bowled by Murray Ollivere for 46 to cut their momentum. This was followed by Raymond Charles going for a duck, during a spell where they lost 4 wickets for 49 runs, to revive Royal Knight’s slim hopes of advancing to the final.
Then Orville Lewis stepped in and closed the door with two boundaries and the last of three towering sixes to win the game as they made 189 in 16.3 overs.
Reno Mitteholzer said Royal Knights had a good start but dropped too many catches. “The same thing came back to haunt us of dropping catches and it was unfortunate again for us that we couldn’t come out on the winning side,” he said. “It was basically because of our fielding. When you drop catches, you give opportunities to the batsman and then, sometimes it’s difficult for you to get back into the game after you drop catches, especially against batsmen who are already set in the game. Today, our bowling was a bit off and our fielding was atrocious. ”
Grenada now awaits this weekend’s Cavaliers v Vincy winner. Redhead said his team is ready for whoever advances and he’s confidence his team’s ability to get the job done. “We’re looking to do it,” he said. “They way my teammates are preforming on the field, in the batting and keeping their confidence, I believe we can do it.”
RTW advanced to the Division I final after beating Virgin Gorda by six wickets. Virgin Gorda were bowled out for 147, while RTW in their turn on the crease were 150 for 4 in 13.3 overs.
RTW will face the Under The Tree vs Island Stars winner.