By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Defending champions Grenada will seek to retain the BVI Cricket Association Twenty20 title they won in 2019, when they face off on Sunday in Greenland in a rematch with Cavaliers, this time in 10 overs.
Both teams had comfortable semi final victories to advance. Cavaliers beat VI Renegades by 49 runs in the first semifinal, using a 75 run fifth wicket stand between Jagnarine “Sugar” Persaud and Dhanpaul Chrisnanand—who had 66 not out—as the foundation for their 138 for 5, after staggering at 63 for 4. Then they bowled out VI Renegades for just 89.
Niran Kumar was VI Renegade’s top bowler with 2 for 10.
“The Renegades bowlers had a few patches where they were hard on us but we came back to the end, thanks to Chrisnanand who came on with a 66 not out, he is who really bring us back into the game and made us post a good score,” Cavaliers Captain Gopaul Boodram told Island Sun Sports. “I was very happy with the bowling today, because every bowler did their part and it was nice to see that coming into a final now. People are just stepping up their game, it’s a good sign for Cavaliers.”
In the other semi, after riding Irwin “Small Man” Lewis’s 59 as the base to post 124 for 7, Grenada capitalized on the RTW Falcons’ feeble batting, with its bowlers ripping through their order. Seven Falcons batsmen could only muster a paltry 15 runs—with two going for ducks and three for singles—as they lost by 44 runs, after replying with 81. Austin McDowall had no support with his knock of 47, as Morray Olliverre was the only other batsman in double figures with 16. Lewis bagged 2-for-12, bringing his total to eight on the season. Kwanny Prince bagged 3-for-21 and Gary Pierre Prince, 2-for-5.
Falcons’ Captain Joel Williams, plucked two Grenada wickets for 22, bringing his season wickets haul total to a league leading nine. Imran Smith snatched 2-for-5 in 2 overs including a maiden over.
“A semifinal game is always a tense game, you always try to put your best foot forward, no room for error, so it was a good game, a pretty exciting match,” Grenada’s Captain Derol Redhead said, noting they have to put runs on the board against Cavaliers. “We know what they’re capable of and they know what we’re capable of, so it will be a very interesting match.”
RTW Falcons Manager Colin Campbell, said Lewis took the game away from them. “There was controversy with one of the wickets and I think that kinda led the game in a different direction when it comes to the spirit of the game,” he said. “Regardless, congratulations to Grenada on their win.”
Grenada Manager Ebony Andrews credited Lewis for his play and said they’re excited as they love to play cricket no matter the team. She said they’re going to beat the Cavaliers because she has a very well rounded team. “I know what they bring to the table. I know what we can do. We played Cavaliers several times, we’ve won some and lost some,” she noted. “But in my spirit, I know we’re winning the game.”
Boodram said Cavaliers have to go out and play basic cricket, enjoy themselves and don’t change anything they have been doing. “We aren’t underestimating any team, but we will come out guns blazing,” he said, noting that his team has confidence, something they thrive on. “We will do our best to capture this championship.”