Cavaliers overpowers Grenada in BVICA T20 opener

Cavaliers batsman Jagnarine “Suga” Persaud laces a boundary while Grenada’s pacer Irwin “Smallman” Lewis, makes a delivery

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Cavaliers—the BVI Cricket Association 2021 Ten10 champions—overpowered Grenada for a seven wickets victory on Sunday in Greenland, in the Twenty 20 league opener, a rematch of last year’s T10 championships pairings.

Cavaliers sent Grenada to bat after winning the toss and restricted them to 93-for-8 in 13.2 overs. Grenada got off to a dismal start with Captain Dave Johnson going for a duck on the second ball he faced. Only middle order batsman Cary Pierre Prince (25) and Emmanuel Charles, (11) could handle the Cavaliers, as five  bowlers bagged wickets.

Aaron Baker and Avishkar Sewkarran, put on a 54 run partnership to start Cavaliers innings, as they raced to 95-for-3 and a seven wickets victory. Sewkarran had six boundaries for his 37, with a contributing 20 from Jagnarine “Suga” Persaud and a supporting 15 from Baker, the top batsmen.

“Today, we  did not have a full team and unfortunately, it’s the first day of the cricket season and most of my players had to work, so it was either play or forfeit,” Grenada’s manager Ebony Andrews told Island Sun Sports. “Given it’s the first day, we weren’t going to settle and forfeit, so we decided to come out with the players that we had and still go as hard as we can. I’m always expecting to score more than 94. I’m always expecting to score at minimum, 12 runs an over.”

Cavaliers Captain Gopaul Boodram, said although his team did not have much practice, they came out with a game plan and was exceptional. “Based on the talent that our group has, we know that we can deliver on any day,” he noted. “The bowling and the fielding units were exceptional  and then we and then we capped it off with the batting, so I’m very happy. We had four run outs in the inning so the fielding was really good. I told the batsmen that bad balls are there so put it away, defend good balls, get singles, fours or sizes, occasionally you’re going to get some wides, so that’s what I told the guys was the game plan.”

In the opener, the Vikings using four batsmen scoring at least 32 runs and Man of the Match Collis Fraser bagging 4-for-28, they uprooted Under The Tree for a 75 run victory, after posting 224 and keeping them at bay for 149.

“We had a good victory. I think we bowled well coming out on the first match not being fully fit,” Vikings’ Neil “Pow” Niles said. “We bowled well, fielded pretty well and all in all, I think it was a good victory.”

Junie Mingo, (40), opener Fraser and Vaden Walker 37 each and Anil Mohibar, 32, were Vikings top batsmen. Sessie Ellis had 44 for Under The Tree, with Shem Ellis adding a supporting 22.