By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Using the same script in a rematch of the 2017 BVI Cricket Association Twenty 20 Championships series, Cavaliers marched through the season with a four wickets victory over Royal Knights in Greenland on Sunday, for their sixth title. This time however, the margin of victory was greater than the seven run thriller in 2017, after they chased down 201 runs.
There was no statistical data available from that nor the third place match where the RTW Falcons bested Grenada.
“Today’s victory feels, really, really great. Winning the toss and putting them in to bat first, was always the decision,” Wicketkeeper-Captain Gopaul Boodram who returned after burying his father in Guyana said. “People will say runs on the board in a final on a big day is pressure, but we back ourselves in either batting or bowling first. Regaining the championship has been one of our goals for quite a few years now. I told the guys after we won the Ten10 (last year) this is the motive for us to capture this tournament, so I’m really happy with this win.”
Gopaul said they wanted to contain Royal Knights to around 180 runs, but they had a few mishaps on the field, dropped some catches which cost them some runs. He said overall the bowling was okay. He said the lapse in the field came because of the 2 weeks lapse between the final and semi final and they didn’t have much practice.
“Coming out and pulling off this today, was what I was aiming for from the start of the tournament,” he said. “The guys really put in hard work on and off the field and there were some guys who came on gameday and did their part of the job. For me to have such a bunch of guys, it’s something any captain would ever want on his team. My father passed away and this victory means a lot to me and I dedicate this victory and this championship to him.”
Royal Knights Captain Keon DeJesus, said they put up a fight but the teams that played the best cricket on the day won. Their plan he said was to win the toss and put Cavaliers to bat and whatever total they made, try to chase it down.
“Today the toss went against us, so they put the pressure on us by sending us to bat first. We lost a wicket on the first ball of the over so that set us back,” DeJesus said. “I came in at No 3 because it’s a final—the big players have to step up in tough times—I went out there and took on the bowlers and made 49, another key batsman, he got furloughed and he didn’t really come to the party today for us. The other guys stepped up, we ended up crawling over 200 with 201. We know their openers are good but wanted to tie down the other end. With a new matting the bowlers over-pitched too much –I don’t know if it’s because it’s a big final—but I must congratulate the Cavaliers.”
During awards doled out following the championship game, the following were the respective award recipients for the tournament and the championships.
Tournament Best Wicket Keeper- Richard Francis, Royal Knights
Tournament Most Runs- Keion De Jesus, Royal Knights, 556
Tournament Most Wickets-Roshan Hushman, Rising Stars, 20
Tournament Most Catches- Orlando “Facebook” Ollivierre, RTW Falcons, 12
Third place Man of the Match – Motinda Pope, RTW Falcons
Finals Man of the Match – Ronniel Jeffrey, Cavaliers
Tournament Most Sixes- Ronniel Jeffrey, Cavaliers, 39
MVP – Ronniel Jeffrey, Cavaliers