By Dean “The ‘Sportsman” Greenaway
Aviskar Sewkarran accumulated the season’s highest individual score and Cavaliers produced the season’s highest team score, during Sunday’s BVI Cricket Association T20 match in Greenland.
Sewkarran had a knock of 147 in helping Cavaliers to reach 300 for 7 against the RTW Falcons, who replied with 217f or 7, for an 83 run victory. No other game statistics were available.
Wicketkeeper Captain Gopaul Boodram, said the started off exceptional with the bat as the openers gave them a decent partnership at the front. “I thought Aviskar, he was simply outstanding today making 147 runs, that was a terrific knock from him,” Boodram said. “When we were sent in to bat, my target was around 265. The way he (Aviskar) started off the batting, he was so fluent. Then I went in and played a few shots and in the end, Royston (Duggins) finished it off really well for us. Around the 15th over, I said we could get 300 and we got it with the last ball.”
Falcons Captain Joel Williams said it was a ‘rough game’ for his team. “We didn’t expect to be in that kind of position but congratulations to the Cavaliers,” he said. “Our bowling wasn’t the best today and our fielding too—not that I’m picking on them—we weren’t at our best today. We had chances, we didn’t grab them and at the end of the day, the team went on and scored 300 runs.”
With his team unbeaten, Boodram said a game like this shows the strength of the team and its batting, as they make a run towards the playoffs and another title. He said he had told his team that the top four needed to come to the party because most of the time, it was his middle order saving them.
“Today, their top four came and did their part,” he said. “Our team is so well balanced and from now going forward, the tournament is only going to get harder so we have to start playing better cricket, pull up the slackness where we can and that’s what I see we can go forward with.”
In the opening match, Royal Knights middle order batsman Wayne Richards put on a 65 run partnership for the sixth wicket after a 46 partnership with Jamal Mickle for the fourth, in leading them to a 46 run victory over Rising Stars. Royal Knights went on to make 173 for 7, then bowled out Rising Stars for 127. Richards, who picked up a wicket for 16 runs, was adjudged Man of the Match with his 63 not out. Mickle had a supporting 35, while Captain Keon DeJesus contributed 27 and Semple 22.
Rising Stars’ Kelvin Silchand, was their top bowler snatching 3 for 33. Rising Stars opener Nithin Bailkerkar had 28 as Royal Knights’ Reno Mittenholzer bowled opening partner David Pyroo for one, after being caught by Semple. Mittenholzer then sent Vishal Seebarran back into the stands after bowling him for a duck and Rushan Hushman who was caught by Richards for one, to finish with 3 for 13. Kevin Percival resisted for 26 before he was bowled out by Joemal LeFleur, with the rest of the batting putting up no resistance. In all, seven Rising Stars batsmen combined for a paltry 24 runs.