By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Vincy used a 104 run partnership between captain Bront DeFreitas and Monty Butler—after both were dropped—to upset unbeaten and defending champs Grenada, preventing them from becoming only the second team to win successive BVI Cricket Association FLOW Twenty 20 titles on Sunday in Greenland.
By winning the Premier Division—after struggling at 46 for 6—Vincy walked off with the inaugural A. O. Shirley Shield.
In the process of scoring their 150 for a four wickets victory in reply to Grenada’s 149—after being 45-6 at one point—Vincy joined Cavaliers as only the second team to earn two titles in the shorter version of the game. Vincy ended Cavaliers’ 4-year reign in 2013.
“When we had them at 45 for 6, I told my guys the game is not over yet, until we get our chance to bat and really and truly, they came back well and bat to score 150 runs,” said DeFreitas, who plucked Grenada’s first two wickets, putting them at 4 for 2, then came back with a crucial knock of 60 runs with Butler’s supporting 41 for the victory. “My bowlers stuck to the task, then my batsmen came and finished it off. With the experience of Mont and I, we said we’ll bring it home. We always have good partnerships and today, we put up a 100 partnership that took it to the end.”
Grenada’s wicket keeper Raymond Charles—who had a patient 52 to help stabilize their innings—said several dropped catches turned the game for his opponents.
“Vincy bowled well, but we also had a couple bad overs and that also helped to turn the game,” he noted as they also missed two key bowlers including captain Derol Redhead.
Winning the title DeFreitas said, means a lot to his team. “For the last couple of years, we have reached the final but have been coming second and this time around, we came out on top,” he pointed out, thanking his supporters. “This win was a total team effort including our fans.”
In Division I, After Sylvester Mitchell was bowled for a duck off the first ball he faced, Austin McDowall came in a blasted a stroke filled 164 with 15 sixes and 11 boundaries as Road Town Wholesale posted 261 for 3, then bowled out Virgin Gorda United for 198, to win by 63 runs. Joel Williams contributed a supporting 64 not out.