By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Defending champions Vikings eliminated the Wolues from the BVI Cricket Association LIME Twenty 20 League with a Sunday afternoon victory in Greenland.
Facing elimination after an opening loss, the Wolues could only muster 107 runs against the Vikings bowlers attack that ripped through their lineup. Jacques Roux stayed in the crease long enough for a 42 top score, with had a supporting 28 from Gareth Schneeqs. Their combined totals managed a respectable response to the Vikings bowlers.
Anaund Singh paced the Vikings bowling attack bagging 4-15 in three overs. Bashier Hydar snatched 3-24 from four overs. Ray Bob also picked 2-14.
When Vikings came to the wicket to chase the Wolues 107 total, it was another unbroken opening stand. Vishol Munesar struck 55 and Kevin Walker 48 to leave the Wolues bowlers wicket less.
In the day’s second encounter, Cavaliers and Royal Knights gave fans a dramatic display. Cavaliers posted 246-8 in their 20 overs, paced by Hasan Mohammed’s 55. Dorian Auguiste followed up with 45. Dhanpaul Chrisnanand’s 40 and Kewsi Sinclair posted an unbeaten 38 to set a winning total for Cavaliers.
The Royal Knights were probably frustrated by the many dropped catches, which if taken could have restricted the Cavalier’s total to below the 200 mark, but they too benefitted from several Cavaliers dropped catches in their 247 chase. Julian Sinclair was the pick of the bowlers for the Royal Knights, with 4-20 from just two overs. Shane Sinclair also picked up 2-30 in three overs.
The Knights faced an uphill task in their run chase. The 246 posted by Cavaliers seem way out of reach in the opening overs as a few Royal Knights Batsmen were sent to the tent in quick succession. However, captain Richard Fredericks was determined to reach the victory target, posting a defiant 78 from 39 balls. Ryan Mangal’s 47 and Shane Sinclair’s 34 threatened to the take the game away from Cavaliers, who put themselves under pressure and made the match exciting with several dropped balls. But the fall of wickets, largely due to poor shot selection undermined the recovery effort by Royal Knights. Vishal Bharat’s 3-36 from three overs and Dhanpaul’s 2-18 from two overs orchestrated Cavaliers’ 35 run victory.
In upcoming matches on Sunday, Grenada will face Under The Three at 10 a.m. followed by Police and Jamrock at 2 p.m.