Four teams advance to the BVICA Ten10 semifinals

The Vikings and Under The Tree are among teams that have been eliminated from the semis

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Following Sunday’s play, Grenada and Cavaliers emerged as the top teams from Groups A and B in the BVI Cricket Association Ten10 League and joined by the RTW Falcons and VI Renegades in the semifinals, scheduled for Dec 5.

Dhangpaul Chrisnanand had 46 and Royston Duggin a supporting 28 as Cavaliers beat Police by 56 runs after being invited to the crease, where they made 124 for 5 in their allotted 10 overs. Avishkar Sewkarran added 15 runs on the stat sheet, bringing his total to a league leading 174, at the end of the season. Jason Bobb-Semple, was Police’s top bowler, taking 2 for 24.

Police stumbled out the gate with Captain Richard Francis going for a duck and third man James Rampersaud also going for a duck, with Francis’ opening partner Wayne Archer getting out for a paltry four runs. Bobb-Semple and Kellon Landon, did the repair work that got them to  63 for 3, with 28 and 23 not out respectively. Cavaliers bowler Jagnarine Persaud, bagged 2 for 9.

Grenada earned their top seed in Group B, following a 15 runs victory over Vincy, after deciding to bat and posted 105, with Irvin “Small Man” Lewis  and Gary Pierre-Prince stringing a 43 run third wicket stand in 4.4 overs, after the first two batsmen were out for a meager nine runs including a duck for opener Jason Thomas. Lewis resisted for 41, before he was caught by Brent DeFreitas, off a McTair James, who was the pick of the Vincy bowlers, with 3 for 27, as they slumped to 3 for 52. Pierre-Prince was out for three off another James delivery and was caught by DeFreitas, then Kwanny Prince went for a duck on his second ball, before Captain Derol Redhead and Akin Hendrickson came on with 20 not out respectively, to get them over the century mark.

James and Monty Butler used 5.6 overs engaging in a 59 run second wicket stand to take a short lived control of the match, before James was run out for 37 and they were 67-2, then Butler was bowled by Lewis for his sixth wicket of the season, for 20, putting Vincy in trouble at 67-3 and the next three batsmen could only muster 14 as Vincy fell for 90.

Defending champions Royal Knights fended off charging VI Combined for a thrilling 2-run victory, with 124 for 3 to the VI’s 122 for 6, but it  wasn’t enough for a place in the semis. VI Combined recovered from a middle order collapse, thanks to a stroke filled 67 not out from Captain Chabilarl Itwaru, after four batsmen were out on 34 from 11 balls. VI Combined opener Rickie Legair had given them a solid 28 but the next four batsmen could only muster a measly two runs and two ducks, before Itwaru ignited. Royal Knights bowler Keon DeJesus, ripped through the Combined VI order taking 2 wickets for 2 runs, as part of his 3 for 26 haul, to deflate their lower order burst.

Royal Knights’ middle order batsman Wayne Richards led the way with an unbeaten 42. Vivian Fredericks had a supporting 29 and DeJesus contributed 28.

After losing their first three batsmen for six, Vikings overcame a 5 for 26 start to post 94 and flogged Under The Tree by 18 runs. Smile Mahabair stabilized the innings with his 30 not out and got another timely not out 28 from Vaden Walker.

Despite a slow start and being ahead by 27, Under The Tree could only muster 76 for 5, in their chase of the Vikings tally. Vikings Captain and bowler Deko Khemraj, picked up 2 wickets for 16 runs. Under The Tree’s Curtly Peters was 32 not out with another 22 coming from Rohan Foy.  

The semifinals will be played on December 5. Following the league, the major stats are a

Leading Runs scorers

1. Avishkar Sewkarran-174 (Cavaliers)

2. Irvin Lewis- 154 (Grenada)

3. Monty Butler-123 (St. Vincent)

4. Wayne Richards-123 (Royal Knights)

5. Vivian Frederick-111 (Royal Knights)

6. Rickie legair-110 (VI Renegades)

7. Keon De-Jesus-103 (Royal Knights)

8. McTair James-101 (St. Vincent)

9. Feris Pope-101 (St. Vincent)

10. Ronniel Jeffery-94 (Cavaliers)

Leading Wickets takers

1. Joel Williams -7 ( RTW Falcons)

2. Dhanpaul Chrisnanand -7 ( Cavaliers)

3. Turby Xavier -7 ( RTW Falcons)

4. Neil Hayes -6 ( RTW Falcons)

5. Irvin Lewis -6 (Grenada)

6. Morry Olliverre-4 (RTW Falcons)

7. Kenrick Leslie -4 ( St. Vincent)