By Dean ‘The Sportsman’ Greenaway
For the first time in 17 months since the pandemic began affecting the territory and prematurely cut short last year’s Twenty20 league, eight teams returned to action in the BVI Cricket Association Ten10 league on Sunday in Greenland, with four matches on the day.
Police opened play with a five wickets victory over Under The Tree, who posted 70 for 5, with Kevin Thompson’s knock of 36 laying the foundation. Thompson (14) and Curtly Peters (12) had a 36 opening partnership. Police’s Hendrickson Williams, 2-11 and Kellon Landon, 2-14, were their top bowlers.
Jason Bob-Semple led Police’s charge with 32 as they posted 73 for 5 in 8.2 overs. Semple (26) and Wayne Archer (4) had a recovery 33 second wicket partnership after their first wicket fell at nine. Man of the Match Bryan Daly bagged 2-13.
Invited to bat by newcomers Rising Stars, Kenrick Leslie had the opening day’s highest score at 56 not out and Monty Butler contributed another 45 not out, in leading Vincy to a 31 run victory, after they set a 134-3 target then held Rising Stars to 103-2. Anthony Panchoo was Rising Stars’ leading bowler returning 2-17.
Rising Stars’ Roshan Hushman was bowled by Vincy’s Earl Prescott for 35. Nike Baptiste had a supporting 21 and Andy Len Blanc, 20 not out.
Rodney Marryshow had the day’s second highest score with his 50 off 27 balls and Irvin Lewis added a supporting 27, in leading Grenada to a 32 run victory over Royal Knights, after posting 116-7. Marryshow had four boundaries and four sixes. Reno Metteholzer bagged 2-24.
Royal Knights, who decided to field after winning the toss, was out for 84. Opener Vivian Fredericks was run out for 44. Wayne Richards was bowled by Marryshow, for 14. Jason Gillenson snatched 2-2 in his one over on the crease.
Cavaliers ended the opening day of competition with a three wicket victory over the RTW Falcons. After winning the toss, the Falcons posted 99-4 as Cavaliers Dhanpaul Chrisnanand was the catalyst in all four wickets, bagging 3-20 and catching the fourth wicket off Ruben Balkumar’s bowling.
Falcons Captain Joel Williams had 30 not out. Wayne Phillips went for 22 and Austin McDowall was caught for 19.
In reply, Cavaliers was 102-7, led by Royston Duggin’s 38 and a supporting 22 from Ronniel Jeffrey. The Falcons’ Neil Haynes grabbed 3-18 and Turby Xavier, 2-26.