By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Guyana kicked off the Pether Haycraft Nations League with a 189-run victory over Dominica, then Grenada followed with a 92-run triumph over Jamaica in Greenland on Sunday.
Julian St. Clair bagged a stellar 5 for 11 for his Man of the Match honors and Keon DeJesus navigated his way for an unbeaten knock of 112 not out, with a supporting 42 from Dhangpaul Chrisnanand, as Guyana raced to 263 for 9, then restricted Dominica to 94, to win by 189 runs.
Manager Colin Campbell said that the Guyana team is composed of the top players from four of the clubs that play in the BVI Cricket Association’s T20 League.
“We have the best coming out and those guys came out today and performed at a high standard which we expected them to, and it went our way with good energy from the guys,” Campbell said. “Right now, we’re just working on keeping our game up. Keon DeJesus, he made over 100, which was good for us. Julian St. Clair was superb bowling down the middle and the Captain (Joemal Leflaur) did a good job of field placement, so it’s really good to see these guys performing at a high level.”
While he credited Dominica for their play, Campbell said it sets his team up well and if things go right, they can take it into the finals and win it all.
Dominica’s manager Dale Benjamin said it was a disappointing result for his team. “It was the first time these guys are playing together but when we look at it, we take a lot of positives from it because the first half of the game when we were bowling, we really had Guyana on the back foot,” he noted. “But we really lost our concentration in the second half, and in our batting, with the huge total, I think the guys were kind of deflated and that really hindered our batting. I think there were more positives to take from the game.”
Meanwhile, Rodney Marryshow sprayed the ground with 11 sixes and eight boundaries for his 106 not out and Irvin “Small Man” Lewis had a contributing 58, in leading Grenada to 258, then restricted Jamaica to 166 for 8, to win by 92, despite the exploits of 15 year old debutant, Ameri Hinds.
“We got what we expected but you could see a lack of training from the team and the concentration wasn’t up to par,” Grenada’s Captain Derol Redhead said. “I think that the team could have done better, because it’s a group of guys who have been playing throughout the BVICA tournament.”
Hinds, who will be 16 this week, plucked two wickets for 41, then top scored with 63 before being run out, also played Wicketkeeper.
“It was a good performance. I bowled pretty well, getting the ball up to the line and hitting some stumps today,” Hinds told Island Sun Sports. “I also fielded well. I kept today, I gloved the ball properly, overall I did a good performance. In my batting, I scored 63 and then I got run out unfortunately.”
Jamaica manager Wayne Archer said Hinds, who was born in Barbados, played cricket in all three divisions and it was good to have him on the team showing some skills and has a lot going for him for the future.“We played with a short team today,” he said. “We also played with some members who only joined today, so I think we need to gel a little more but I think we still put up a good performance. We need to practice a little more to get the kinks we had wrong today corrected and come back for a better game next time.”