By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Defending BVI Cricket Association champions Cavaliers repelled the Vikings for a 39-run victory in the Ralph T. O’Neal T20 league on Sunday in Greenland, with timely wickets from Avishkar Sewkarran who bagged 4-14, to slow their momentum chasing Cavaliers 236.
Vikings were bowled for 197, with Shakeem Charles getting 39 and Deko Khemraj a supporting 38.
Tajram Nankashore’s 80 laid the foundation for Cavaliers’ total, with Sewkarran contributing 38 and Mohammed Hassan, a supporting 30.
“We didn’t get the start we wanted as a batting unit,” note Vikings captain and opener, Vishal Munessar who was dismissed or one run, caught by Kwesi Sinclair off Sewkarran’s bowling. “We lost wickets at crucial stages, didn’t build any proper partnerships throughout. If we had partnerships throughout, I think it was a total we could have chased down the total.”
Cavaliers Captain Vishaldev Bharat said that they would have loved to chase the Vikings. “It wasn’t to be today,” he said. “The openers gave us a good start and the middle clicked today and 236 was a decent total on this kinda wicket. We could have done better in the bowling and would have wanted to restrict them for 150 or below, but it didn’t happen. They batted well.”
Bharat went on: “Vikings is not an easy team to walk over. They have a strong batting lineup and we always know those guys are going to come after us. We lapsed towards the end and that’s something we’ll have to improve on for the next game.”
In the morning match, after Kevin Benjamin was bowled out for three then Marvin Brown was caught for a duck, Kazim Haywood came in, repaired the damage and laid the foundation for the Virgin Gorda Spartans 187-5, as he came up two runs shy of a coveted century. Haywood lacked the support as only seventh man Paul Joseph put up any resistance for his 33 and they lost by five wickets to Royal Knights. Anthony Slowly, 2-29 and Suerish Halim, 2.32, were Royal Knights’ top bowlers.
In reply, opener Richard Fredericks gave Royal Knights a solid start with his 74, before he was caught by Marvin Brown, as they made 185-5 off 13.3 overs. Slowly added a supporting 50. The Spartans’ Haywood bagged 2-44 and Joseph, 2-32.