By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Led by “Man of Everything” Derol Redhead, Grenada systematically dominated Vincy to became the fourth different champion of the BVI Cricket Association LIME Twenty 20 League, after an emphatic 85 runs victory on Sunday afternoon in Greenland.
Vincy began by digging a hole, losing their openers—Kenrick Leslie for four and Sylvester Mitchell for a Duck—chasing Grenada’s 245 target.
Austin McDowall began repairing the damage and got a knock of 58 before he was taken out by Rodney Marryshow, the league’s leading wicket taker who finished 2-20.
“After my first two batsmen went down we started to quake, then when McDowall went down, that was a big hit to us,” said manager of 2013 champs Vincy, Tammy Olliverre, as they were restricted to 160. “Then Monty (Butler) followed after, that was really hard for us.”
Orlando Olliverre had a contributing 42 before he was caught by wicket keeper Raymond Charles off the bowling of tournament MVP, Man of the Match and the league’s highest aggregate scorer, Redhead.
“The batting lineup was awful,” Olliverre said. “We fell like flies today. I really don’t know what happened. I don’t know if we were nervous but Grenada is a really good team and we expected to play a good game today. I don’t know what happened. I’m disappointed. I expected a better challenge.”
Redhead had given Grenada a solid start with a 74-run opening partnership with Denron Daniel, who went LBW off Leslie’s bowling for 34. Marryshow—who had seven sixes and four fours, was also out LBW by Turby Xavier. Francis Kitason plucked 4-49 for Vincy.
“This is the title I promised and it was magnificent,” Grenada’s captain Jason Thomas said. “This was one of the best times of my life. It was Grenada all the way.”
Thomas said his bowlers bowled to their strength and they had a plan for Vincy. He said based on Vincy’s lineup, they decided to use their fast bowlers in the beginning. If they got wickets, they would continue. If they didn’t they would be restricted to two over’s and return later in the match. “But, the bowlers did their job,” he noted. “It was a victorious day. This is an unbelievable feeling because we have been there before but never came through and today, we are victorious.”
Grenada won the $2000 champions prize while Vincy walked off with $1000.
The Vikings grabbed third place and $500 prize following a 35 run win over the Royal Knights.
Anil Mohabir scored 88 for the Vikings, Dave Pyroo, 80 and Anthony Slowly 63 for the Royal Knights.
Vaden Walker was 2-8 as the pick of the bowlers.