By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Grenada used a stroke filled 128 run opening partnership between brothers Daniel McDonald and Donald McDonald and Trent Belfon’s three wickets haul, to flog the anemic Falcons by nine wickets in Sunday’s BVI Cricket Association T20 match in Greenland, as team play for the Ralph T. O’Neal trophy.
Sent to bat after losing the toss, the Falcons demise began immediately, with Grenada’s inform bowler Belfon, sending three batsmen to the pavilion for a meager three runs including a duck. Besides opener Curtis Jack who had a respectable 31 and Captain and middle order batsman Joel Williams holding strain with an enterprising 62, the Falcons feeble batting attempt showed, as nine batsmen were dismissed for a paltry 30 runs—including collapsing at 12 for 4. They were bowled out for 145.
Relentless right hander Belfon ripped through the Falcons’ order, for an economical, 3-18. Counterpart Rodney Marryshow, grabbed 2-31.
Daniel and Donald combined for 14 4s and nine sixes, before Donald was caught by Kenron Baptiste for 50, off Imran Smith’s bowling, while Donald stayed in the crease for 80 not out, as he helped in guiding Grenada for 57 minutes to 146-1 in 11.4 overs.
“Today, we were a bit slack in the field and the toss had a lot to do with the outcome of this game and Grenada basically out foxed us,” Falcons Captain Joel Williams said. “I wouldn’t say we didn’t have enough practice, it’s just that we didn’t have enough practice coming into the game because guys have to work and some work off island, so when they do come, they come kinda late. At the end of the day, Grenada played better cricket. Although we made a little score, we showed that we had fight and we just need the encouragement to go forward from the bowlers.”
Williams said after Grenada won the toss, they had a pretty good conditioned field for bowling and their bowlers utilized the conditions.
“We played some bad shots, but still, you have to give credit to Grenada team,” he said.
The victory is a great start in the tournament Grenada Captain Derol Redhead said.
“It’s what we were looking for and once we got the start, we got the confidence from there,” he said. “We have the bowlers and spoke about getting a line and since it’s our first game, not to try and do too much. We executed our bowling well and took our catches when we needed to.”
As a former league champion, Redhead said he need his batsmen to continue with the form they showed in the opening game.
“If they continue like that, we can go very far,” he said.
It was another dismal performance in the first game as the Vikings dismantled the frail Virgin Gorda Spartans batting lineup, where nine batsmen—three of whom had ducks—combined for 25 runs, as they contributed to a paltry 77 run target, while all six Vikings bowlers grabbed at least one wicket.
Captain and middle order batsman Stanley Joseph had no support in his effort before his stumps were removed by Deko Khemraj for 34. After he departed, the next six batsmen were removed for a mediocre 16 runs and two of the batsmen had ducks.
Khemraj bagged 2-13 and Carl Fraser, 2-11.
In reply, the Vikings lost opener Mahendra Singh for four. Third man Mikhail Mohammad was dismissed for a duck when he was caught by Charles Baptiste, but Anil Mohabir narrowly missed a coveted half century with his 49 not out, and Khemraj added a contributing 19 not out, as they raced to 79 for the victory.