By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Gary Prince and Ronniel Jeffrey engaged in a 141 run fourth wicket partnership to take the game away from Royal Knights, after tail enders Vivian Fredericks and Carl Fraser had revived their innings from 73-9, with a 108 run partnership, before their streak was broken at 181 runs, to give Cavaliers a seven wicket victory in the Clash of the VI T20 Labor Day Cricket weekend Extravaganza in Greenland on Sunday.
St. Thomas Destroyers placed third after subduing the RTW Vipers.
Prince finished with 56 and Jeffrey had a knock of 65 in the victory after Fredericks had brought the 2019 BVI Cricket Association champions Royal Knights from a collapsing position with his 57, combined with Fraser’s 45, giving Cavaliers 182 to chase.
“We were just focused on every count and trying to bring it home safely,” Prince said. “They’re the champions and we had to go hard at them, so we came good this afternoon.”
Cavaliers Skipper Jagnarine “Sugar” Persaud was happy with the victory.
“It was a great game and we had them at 73-9, but they did a really good job with their last partnership,” Persaud noted. “At the end, I told the guys don’t panic. Yesterday, we chased down 240 (against RTW Vipers), it’s 182, let’s not panic and play sensible cricket and the guys did really well.”
After putting up 261 on Saturday against the Destroyers, Royal Knights Captain Jomel LeFleur, said they went flat.
“We didn’t get the start we were looking for we were looking for about 250, but we didn’t get the start,” LeFleur noted. “It was a good total for us, but I think Gary and Jeffery batted well and took the game from us.”
In the third placed match, the St. Thomas Destroyers got 100 not out from Dale Africa and a supporting 52 from Captain Doyle Jones, to flog the RTW Vipers by nine wickets, reaching 163-1 in 52 minutes. The Destroyers fell to Royal Knights on Saturday, who posted 261-9 and they replied with 192-6.
“We had a rough start but we ended well. We defeated ourselves in the first game where we dropped many catches, but we came out victorious in the second game, which was good to go home with a win,” said Destroyers Captain Doyle Jones. “The difference between games was the dropped catches. When you’re chasing 261 in 20 overs, that is intimidating in itself. Today, we came out more together and it was easier to play today, because we didn’t have the pressure of playing and trying to be in the final.”