By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Cavaliers returned to the top of the pile, after flogging struggling Grenada by seven wickets for its sixth BVI Cricket Association title and first since 2017 on Sunday in Greenland.
Cavaliers sent Grenada who batted first all season to the crease after winning the toss, then Jagnarine “Sugar” Persaud, cut openers Rodney Marryshow and Captain Derrol Redhead from the lineup, taking 2-for-8 as part of his 3-for-19 haul. Seven of the Spice Isle Boys combined to produce a paltry 28 runs. Middle order batsman Irwin “Small Man” Lewis, could only muster 21, but finished with a league best 232 runs and Grenada reached 69 for 8 in their 10 overs.
Cavaliers other bowler, Avishkar Sewkarran, bagged 3-for-17. In reply, opener Sewkarran, the league’s second highest run scorer added 28 runs during a 47 opening partnership with Meleran Mangal, bringing his tally to 212 and was among the three wickets that Grenada’s pacer Gary Pierre Prince took out for 11 to put them back into the match. Dhangpaul Chrisanand—who also bowled 2-for-2-had a contributing 14 not out, as Cavaliers reached 70-for-3 to lift the Ten10 League title.
“I actually don’t have enough words to describe it,” Cavaliers Captain Gopaul Boodram told Island Sun Sports of the victory. “The bowlers were very, very impressive with the lines and the lengths. We restricted them to 69 in the 10 overs. We did a tremendous job. I must give hats off to the bowling unit and the fielding unit. They were very exceptional. We didn’t drop any catches, no misfielding. Last week I said we were coming out guns blazing, so I stick to my words and I’m a very, very happy Captain.”
In his first stint as Captain, Boodram said it means a lot leading a bunch of talented guys and couldn’t have asked for a better start in his role. He said in regaining the title, they did a tremendous job. Regarding his bowlers, Boodram said Persaud took the scalp of Grenada batsmen, Redhead and Marryshow in the first over and Dhangpaul bowled two exceptional overs for just two runs. Sewkarran also played well, he noted.
Cavaliers got a good start from their batsmen with 47, before Prince took a hat trick. “They did peg us back a little bit there but I know that I had the strength on the bench to beat out those runs easily,” he said, noting that there was concern because of the occasional rain. “I said to the guys, let’s go out there, bowl these guys and restrict them as low as possible and when we got into bat, just get ahead of the run rate, so if the Duckworth-Lewis system came into play, we were well ahead of the rate.”
In congratulating the Cavaliers on their victory, Grenada Manager Ebony Andrews said her team didn’t bring it in the batting and they struggled. “Cavaliers took a lot of catches early, we made 69 runs and we were well on our way to defending those 69 runs, but some of our bowlers had a bad over here and there and Cavaliers ended up victorious,” she noted. “We congratulate Cavaliers. We’re celebrating our second place and we’re ready for next year’s tournament.”
Her batsmen, Andrews said, were driving the ball, going for 6s and 4s, but were falling short of the boundaries and getting caught in the process. “That’s how the entire game went for us. We didn’t do what we had hoped to do. Lewis who was our star bowler the entire season, he really tried hard to get wickets but he wasn’t successful today,” Andrews pointed out. “He got hit for a couple 6s and he had quite a few wides in the first over—Cavaliers got 17 runs from his first over and most were from extras from wides. We did get a couple wickets later in the game, with Gary Prince taking three wickets in one over, but it still wasn’t enough to take us to the victory today.”
RTW Falcons place 3rd
In a match that was reduced to eight overs because of rain, RTW Falcons’ Austin McDowall laced 10 boundaries among his 46 in leading them to a 16 runs victory over VI Combine, to finish third, after posting 86 for 3, then restricting VI Combine to 70-for-4. Captain Joel Williams, who had a 38 run 2nd wicket partnership with McDowall, had a supporting 19.
VI Combine Kelsey Roberts bagged 2-for-18.
In their turn at bat, VI Combine stumbled out the gate at 2-for-8, before Rickie Legair and Kellon Robin’s 3rd wicket partnership of 47, brought them back into the game. However, Williams bowled VI Combine Captain Alvin Africa for a duck, bringing his league leading total to 10 on the season. Robin and Malvin Robinson added another 19 run partnership for the 4th wicket, before he was bowled by Morry Ollivierre for 22, ending their hopes at 70. Ollivierre snatched 2-for-14 on his Man of the Match day.