By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Middle order batsmen Anthony Pancho and Emmanuel Charles constructed a 148 run partnership for the fifth wicket that steered Grenada to victory by piling up 271 for 5, as they flogged Wolues who had them at 123 for 5 at one point during Sunday’s five wicket triumph in the BVI Cricket Association Digicel Twenty20 league.
With an aim of getting in the Super Six series, Pancho blistered Wolues bowlers with 9 sixes and eight fours for his 92 not out in his partnership with Charles who had a supporting knock of 52 not out that included six sixes and two fours. Jason Thomas and Dave Johnson contributed 37 and 36 to the tally.
Jalid Khad was the pick of the Wolues bowlers, snatching 3 for 40 before Grenada’s batsmen would stop the fallout.
The Wolues—missing key players from its lineup—could only muster a paltry 57 in 12 overs, with Khan getting a knock of 12 and Saul Weylers 11.
Irvin Lewis was Grenada’s most economical bowler with 2 for 8 while Michael Woodley Captain Derrol Redhead who ran out his opposite Ronan Kuzcaj to end the match were 2 for 9. Rossonal Manicore grabbed another 3 for 10.
It was wonderful to play and bat here in my first match to do something for the Grenada team,” Pancho said. “We’re trying to make it to the big six. When we get there, we’ll see what happens afterwards.”
While it was a big score for Grenada, Redhead said his opening batsmen didn’t perform as expected. “But, the middle order batsmen came in and gave us a good score and we had to step up in the bowling to let the people see that we’re not only good at batting but we are good in bowling,” Redhead explained. “We’re still looking to strengthen our batting—getting our opening batsmen to bat a little longer an play a bit more sensible—and the other players to step up when they need to because in the super six matches, it will be different.”
RTW secures seven wicket win over SDA
Perhaps knowing that they didn’t have the firepower as their opponents, Seventh Day Adventist went to bat after winning the toss and a slow run rate saw them reaching 152 for 6 in their 20 overs. Shaun Thompson and Eldrid Davis top scored with 28 and 26 respectively. McArthur Byfield contributed another 23.
Collis Fraser and Recaldo Noel, bagged a wicket each for 18 and 23 runs a piece.
In reply, Fraser swatted the SDA bowlers to all corners of the field for 14 fours and a six in his 77 not out, as RTW races to 155 for 3. Kervin Carter finished with 33.
Mark McKie was the leading SDA bowler with 2 for 17.