By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Defending champions Vikings used Anil Mahabir and Vishal Manesar’s 121 opening stand, giving the Vikings a strong start en route to posting 260-5 against the New Testament Church of God, and they advanced to Sunday’s semifinal of the BVI Cricket Association LIME Twenty 20 tournament. Mahabir fell for 62 and Manesar finished on 79 not out.
Johnny Bailey smashed 31, but a flurry of wickets denied the Vikings a much larger total. The Church’s Kenroy Cain bagged 2-40 and Travis Jack, 2-50.
The short handed Church in reply, got a boost from Delano Johnny after slumping to 122-4, when he smashed his way to a century, including 11 fours and 6 sixes, to keep the crowd and his team’s hopes alive, but they fell 55 runs short and were out for 205-5. Johnny Bailey finished with 3-35 and Vaden Walker, 2-34
Under The Tree shocks Royal Knights
Under The Tree pulled off a four wickets upset victory over Royal Knights, but fell short of advancing to the semifinal round of the tournament.
Royal Knights took to the crease in Greenland and used Ryan Mangal’s 59 and then Julian Sinclair who hit a quick fire 60 to boost their total up to 203-5. Rudolph Davis picked up 4-20 to remove the Knights middle order batsmen from contributing valuable runs.
Bryan Daley got Under The Tree off to one of the most amazing starts in recent memory, smashing five sixes from the first over, then added another 27 runs in the second, before falling for 46 (6 sixes, 2 fours) in the fourth over with the total on 71.
Following Daley’s departure, Under The Tree’s run rate slowed considerably as they reached the century mark in the eight over, before losing Rohan Blake for 33 to make it 105 for 2. However, Kevin Thompson then began to take control and in a 63 run partnership with Davis took his team home with eight balls to spare, after reaching 204-6.
Despite the loss the Royal Knights reached the semi final with a net run rate that was just .06 better than that of the Police, who finished third in the group. Under The Tree, the crowd’s champion, was fourth.
Vincy will take on the Vikings in the first semi final at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday in Greenland. The Royal Knights will face Grenada at 3.