Vikings held their nerves to hold off Grenada in the final over to win by one run during a nail-biting finish to another exciting Super Six encounter of the 2014 Digicel Twenty/20 Cricket Tournament on Sunday, April 13.
Grenada won the toss and asked Vikings to bat first. Vikings posted 193 for 7 from their 20 Overs while Grenada made 192 for 4 in 20 Overs.
With the early departure of their captain and opener, Richard Fredericks, the tournament’s leading run scorer, Vikings were kept quiet at 76 for 5 in the 10th over.
It took a solid partnership of 111 between the newly acquired Kevin Joseph and Yudesh Shivpashad to steer Vikings away from a low total. Joseph’s 50 came from just 26 balls, but he eventually fell to Grenada’s pacer, Irvin Lewis for 87 runs, which included 10 fours and 7 sixes. Shivpashad was run out on the final ball of the inning for 37, a knock that saw 6 fours and one six in 24 balls faced. Fredericks added 22 runs to the Vikings total.
Lewis finished with 2 for 17 runs from four overs and Anthony Panchoo assisted with 2 for 39 runs from 4 overs for Grenada.
Needing 194 for victory, Grenada started slowly and was pegged back when veteran opening batsman, Raymond Charles retired briefly to tend to a leg injury. Charles returned later in the inning and along with the dangerous Derrol Redhead produced an 81-run partnership that wrestled the game away from the Vikings.
Looking to stem the flow of runs in the waning moments of the game, Vikings turned to their veteran spinner, Winston Davis. However, Redhead greeted Davis with a straight six that left Greenland Grounds like a bullet shot from a gun.
The very next ball, Davis fired a flatter and quicker delivery that bowled Redhead on 47 runs, 3 runs short of his half century. He secured 3 fours and 5 sixes.
Emmanuel Charles and Raymond needed to score 13 runs from the final two overs to win. Fredericks introduced himself into the attack and penetrated the attacking drive from Emanuel to rock back the stumps, shattering the off stump in the process. More importantly, Fredericks allowed just four runs from the over.
The final equation was simple, Grenada needed 10 runs from the final over to win and the Vikings placed confidence in their former captain, Vaden Walker, to win the game with the ball.
Thoughtful bowling by Walker left Grenada needing 8 runs from the final two balls of the game. Raymond missed the first delivery bowled outside off stump to send Vikings into premature celebrations. Raymond then smashed the final ball for 6, but it came a little too late for Grenada as Vikings walked away with a hard-fought victory.
Cavaliers Back On Track
Despite dropping their opening game to defending champions Vincy, Cavaliers, four-time winners, returned with a 106 run victory against the New Testament Church of God (NTCOG).
NTCOG won the toss and elected to give Cavaliers first bat. Vishaldev ‘Shines’ Bharrat, the tournament’s second highest run scorer, anchored the batting for Cavaliers, stroking 5 fours and 7 sixes for his 81 runs.
Cavaliers reached 247 for 5 from 20 overs as towards the end of the inning, captain Jagnarine ‘Sugar’ Persaud (47 runs not out) and Mohamed Hassan (41 runs not out) shared a 100-run partnership.
Bowling for NTCOG, Timon Robinson finished with 2 for 35 from 4 overs. Trent Belfon, Andrew Richards and Kenron Baptiste picked up a wicket each for NTCOG.
In reply, NTCOG settled for a total of 141 with one batsman, Baptiste retired hurt following a blow to his mouth. Orlando France was left not out on 30. Ferris Pope and Belfon added 31 runs each. Dorian Auguiste bowled 2 for 9 from 3 overs while a wicket each went to Persaud, Hassan, Dhanpaul Chrisnanand and Tajram ‘Teddy’ Nankishore.