By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Despite the heroics of Jamaica’s 16-year old Ameri Hinds, who for the third straight game was their leader with the bat and taking out the BVI’s first two batsmen for ducks on successive balls, seventh man Monty Butler’s 39 from 23 balls, guided them to a 28 run victory in their first match after two rainouts.
With a supporting 30 from Wicketkeeper Sylvester Mitchel before he was removed by Hinds, 19 from Ricky Singh and a contributing 17 off the bat of Sheldon John before he was caught by Hinds laid the foundation for the BVI’s 150, before restricting Jamaica to 122.
Hinds, who bagged 3 for 27, narrowly missed a half century before he was bowled by John for 48, the third straight game he has led all scorers. Courtney Smiley had a knock of 14 not out with another 10 from Kelvin Lewis.
“It was an important victory for us because we had two games washed out, hopefully, we’ll get them played back, we’re still waiting for that decision,” BVI Captain Vishaldev Bharat told Island Sun Sports. “It was important to start off on a winning note, have a large group of players to choose from and we have a decent team. We expect to win a few games and show the BVI and the public that we’re not an easy walk over team. Monty had 39 and he was the one who pulled us up to 150 and it was a defendable total.”
Jamaica’s Richard Francis said the batting failed his team. “I think we could have made some smarter choices in terms of the lineup and in terms of some of the decision making and in terms of when the batsman went out to bat,” he explained. “I think we could have played a bit more responsible out there on the crease.”
Guyana over Vincy by 5 Wickets
Guyana bowlers Reno Mitteholzer and Jagnarine “Sugar” Persaud ripped through the St. Vincent and the Grenadines order as they slumped to 40 for 6, before Morray Olliverre’s 20 pulled them to 88 as he was run out.
Mitteholzer bagged 3 for 18 and Persaud 3 for 25 and Dhanpaul Chrisnanand 2 for 25, anchored Guyana’s bowling before they responded with 94 for the victory, tying the game at 88-88, then ended it with a six. Royston Duggin stroked 24 as Guyana’s top batsman, with Keon DeJesus dropping 21. Vincy’s Ronniel Jeffrey snatched 2 for 35.
“We know they’re a strong team—one of the bigger teams in the tournament—so our main aim was to go out, stick to the game plan our bowlers went out and did the job,” Guyana’s manager Colin Campbell said. “A little too many wickets fell for us, but we got the job done.”
Vincy’s Cameron Williams said he was ‘happy’ with the team’s performance. “To be honest, there are some areas we need to improve in, we just didn’t come out and bat the way we were supposed to bat,” he noted. “But I know the guys, they can do better than that in the batting because 20 more runs on that total, would have put Guyana in a more difficult position. We do have batting up to number 11, so I was pretty confident that we could have scored at least a 120.”–
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