By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Cavaliers, the most prolific BVI Cricket Association Twenty 20 league team, is seeking their third Flow-Peter Haycraft T20 Tournament Cup, when they face off with Grenada—eyeing their first title—on Sunday afternoon in Greenland.
The pairings were completed when the Cavaliers beat the Vikings by 61 runs, after Grenada overpowered Royal Knights by 11, during the morning match.
Tail enders Trent Belfon and Irvin Lewis revived Grenada’s innings with a 100 run eight wicket partnership, following a middle order collapse where Royal Knight’s pacer Ian Ivan ripped through their order taking 5 for 20, including three ducks.
Belfon was not out for 64 while Lewis was bowled for 31. Opener Denron Daniel had a contributing 49. Royal Knight’s Suerich Hallim grabbed 2 for 24.
In reply, Royal Knights’ Jomel Lefleur had a sensational 64 in helping them take control of the match at 111 for 3, before he became one of Lewis’ casualties. From there, things went downhill as the rest of the squad combined to produce 61 for 7, as they came up 11 runs short of victory.
Lewis bagged 3 for 17.
“It was a pretty exciting low scoring game,” noted Grenada’s captain Derol Redhead. “They had us in batting first and we came back, kept our head together as a team, stayed focused, tried to keep them under our total and we did so.”
To ease the pressure on his squad, Redhead said after getting some of the Royal Knights’ batsmen out, he could rotate his bowlers.
“The whole team did a good job, but they did put up a fight as they usually do,” he noted.
In the other match, invited to bat, Cavaliers rode opener Tajram “Teddy” Nankashore’s glorious 88 in laying the foundation for 216, against the Vikings. Drumor Tooney went lbw to Collis Frazer, for 47. Frazer bagged 3 for 37.
The Vikings, who came up 61 runs short and will play Royal Knights for third place at 10 a.m. on Sunday, got 35 from Aviskhar Sewkarran, 26 from Gorvin Singh and a supporting 25 from Frazer, to reach 155.
Cavaliers’ captain Vishal Bharat bagged 3 for 19 and Tooney, 3 for 37.
“It was a well-played game by Vikings, I knew they were coming hard against us, but we put up a good total of 216 and we backed our bowlers to defend that, because no team has made over 200 yet in this tournament against us,” Baharat pointed out. “It was another disciplined effort by the bowlers to pull off another victory and congratulations to the guys.”
Baharat said they have been playing good cricket throughout the tournament and they just want to finish it off against Grenada.
“We batted well again, we bowled well again, and in the last four games as well as this one, we’ve done that, so it’s just one more games for the guys to do that and I’ll be happy with that,” he said. “I know Grenada is a strong team and we’re not going to take them lightly.”
Redhead has high expectations for Grenada.
“We know Cavaliers is a very good team and they take the game very serious, so we have to come better than we did in the semifinals against Royal Knights, to beat Cavaliers.” he said.