By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
McTair James derailed Grenada’s charge taking four crucial wickets and combined with Monty Butler’s 64 not out, gave the British Virgin Islands a scintillating 14 runs victory—their second of the Peter Haycraft Nations T20 Cup on Sunday in Greenland.
Deciding to bat after winning the toss, the BVI posted 181-for 9, with Ferris Pope 35 before he went LBW, supporting Butler’s 64 from 35 balls including eight boundaries and four sixes. Chad Baston contributed another 18 before he was bowled by Jason Thomas, who anchored the boys from the Spice Isle’s bowling with 3-for-40. Anthony Panchoo picked up another 2-for-29.
Grenada, who used 49 not out from Thomas and 39 from Derol Redhead to take charge of the match with a 22 runs lead ahead of the BVI, saw their chances slipped away, when their lower order batsmen collapsed by losing 4 wickets for a paltry 15 run, handing them yet another loss.
James bagged 4-for-39 and Earl Prescott, 2-for-15.
“Today was okay, we made 181 and we went and defended it,” Butler told Island Sun Sports, before expounding on his 64. “You know me, I’m always on the wicket and take every ball on its merit and I do what I gotta do. Right now we have two victories from the competition and I think we’re second in the tournament so this victory has done us well. We’re on a roll, so I’m looking forward to another win again.”
The BVI will face unbeaten Guyana at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
In the other match, Dominica rebounded from a humiliating loss to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, with a six wickets victory over winless Jamaica. Dominica began making inroads early, taking out Wicketkeeper Captain Richard Francis and Ameri Hinds—who led the team in scoring in its previous matches—as the top batsmen went for four runs respectively off the bowling of Kellon Landon.
Dillon Arcia resisted Dominica’s bowling attack for 25 and Courtney Smiley went LBW after struggling for 10 and Jamaica were out at 85 for 9 in 12 overs. Gary Prince snatched 3-for-17. Samir Jones, 2 for 18 and Landon, 2-for-20, while Trent Ollive grabbed 2-for-25.
Jones led Dominica’s batting with 40 including seven boundaries and Nash Frederick was run out for 23, as Dominica replied with 89-for-4 in 11.3 overs for the six wickets victory.
“Well, another disappointing loss, unfortunately it has come to the end of the tournament for us without any victories,” Jamaica Wicketkeeper Captain Richard Francis said. “But a valid effort from the guys overall so I’m pleased.”
Francis said for their four previous games they were chasing and decided to bat after winning the toss. They went to bat hoping that they’d put up a good total, because the team’s strength is its bowling.
“We knew we could defend the runs on the board, but it was just too few runs,” he said. “The opening pair was Ameri Hinds and I, none of us got off and he got one wicket at the end of the bowling. We’re pleased with his development and his performance and we’re hoping that with his age (16) he continues to develop and mature and that he can turn into the great cricketer that he can be.”
Dominica manager Dale Benjamin said it was a much needed victory as they lost their last game miserably.
“We had to come out and put our best foot forward in order to keep us in the tournament, because we have to win in order to make it to the semis. We needed that match, and we did well in coming out and getting the victory today,” he said. “When you put runs on the board, you expect to go there and defend it. It just takes one over to change the game and then feel that you’ve lost. They won the toss and decided to bat. I know we have the bowlers to bowl out any team in the tournament, so I knew we had to pull it back.”