By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Cavaliers rebounded from a loss to Royal Knights by unleashing their spin bowlers on Grenada, for a six wickets victory Sunday in Greenland, in the BVI Cricket Association Nagico T20 League, played in honor of long serving president Ralph T. O’Neal.
Grenada’s batsmen crumbled under Cavaliers three spin bowlers’ attack, who dismissed five batsmen for a paltry five runs, as they limped to 100-9. Dave Johnson, batting from the No 10 spot, helped them to 154, after a respectable 52, before he was caught by Gopaul Boodram off Avishkar Sewkarran’s bowling to end the match. Sewkarran grabbed 2-27 including a maiden over. Dhanpaul Chrisanand, another spinner, snatched 3-30 and Hemchand Marin, 3-35.
Cavaliers opener Kevin Boodie’s 62 and a not out 27 by Jagnarine “Sugar” Persaud and Captain Vishal Bharat, 26 not out, engineered Cavaliers to 158 for the win.
Grenada’s Captain Derol Redhead said they didn’t get the stat they expected, after his team fell to 2-3.
“I think that kinda put our players back and we just went through the motions,” he said. “It was a low total and I don’t think we went out with the spirit we needed to go out and win. “
Cavaliers Captain Vishal Bharat said it was a great comeback from his team’s loss to Royal Knights last weekend, as they improved to 4-1.
“I think the team knew we had strength in our bowling and our batting and we planned for Grenada because we know they’re a little weak on spin and we turned and put them on the backfoot with spinners early,” he explained. “It worked out really nicely and had them at 99-9 but the last two batsmen got them up to 154. I was a good effort in our batting and we wanted to finish the game a little earlier, but that’s the strength of Cavaliers.”
In the other match, Royal Knights middle order batsman Joemal Lafleur ignited for a season’s best 72 runs and opener Richard Fredericks had a supporting 39, as their platform for 222-7, before restricting Police to 141, for an 81-run victory. They’re now 4-1 on the season and tied with Cavaliers. Police dropped to 1-4.
Royal Knight’s Kevin Shilchand bagged 2-41.
Adrian Kartick’s 34 and Selwyn Rock’s 33, were Police’s top batsmen, the eight other batsmen combined for a puny average of six runs and a combined 48—with five of the eight scoring five runs or less—including two ducks.