By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
With Vincy needing 15 runs for victory, Captain Collis Fraser bowled a maiden 18th over, Wicket Keeper Richard Francis made a game saving catch and Police went on to stun Vincy for a thrilling four runs victory on Sunday in the BVI Cricket Association T20 League in Greenland.
After losing opener Selwyn Rock for a duck on the first ball he faced and the first of five Cameron Williams’ outs, third man Basdeo Thomas fell for two on Williams’ second catch before Wayne Archer and Jamal Mickle use a half century partnership to stabilize the innings. Archer became Williams’ third catch when he was dismissed for 26. Mickle would eventually fall for 43 and a supporting 25 from Jason Sample, saw Police being out at 165.
Earl Prescott, 2-21, McTair James, 2-23 and Andrew Richards, 2-17, were Police’s top bowlers.
In reply, Vincy limped out the gate at 3-26, before Captain Kenrick Leslie and Monty Butler stabilized the innings with a 45-run partnership, but an alert Francis stumped Leslie for 30 then he caught Butler for 21. Williams who had 47 not out, and Brent DeFreitas sewed 43 together for the sixth wicket before Francis caught DeFreitas for 21 with his third catch.
Collis Fraser then bowled a maiden 18th over to pull the game in Police’s favor, as they restricted Vincy to 161 for their four runs victory. Vincy could only muster one run after Fraser’s maiden spell.
“There’s no words to explain how I’m feeling,” Vincy Captain Kenrick Leslie told Island Sun Sports after the heartbreaking loss. “First off I must say congratulations to Police. I think they played us smartly like they did in the last tournament as they beat us in our first game and they repeated it again this year. We always start this way at the beginning of the tournament. We struggle because we’re not together in the off season and only come together for the tournament, but we don’t play together like other teams.”
Leslie said when Fraser bowled his maiden 18th over, batsmen, when they’re in and chasing a small total, they should finish the game and not leave it to another batsman.
“We fell short by four runs—with wickets in hand—that’s really disappointing,” he said.
Fraser was pleased with Police’s performance after an opening loss.
“This victory is a very important victory for us, knowing that we lost the first game. This game was quite similar whereby it came down to the last over and I’m happy that we defended this time,” he noted. “Congratulations to our bowlers—they came through when we needed them to, also the fielding, even though it was not the best—it was a good team effort all around.”
Regarding his crucial maiden 18th over, Fraser said he bowled the last over in the opening game and said he’d tray the second to last over.
“That over made a big, big difference because having to make 15 off the last over was a difficult task,” he pointed out. “The wicket keeper too has impressed me, he has come a very long way.”
In the opening game, defending champions Royal Knights improved to 2-0, following a 37 runs victory over the Vikings, after using Captain and opener Richard Fredericks’ 71, as the foundation for their 214. Charlie Shepherd had a contributing 45.
Suresh Halim, 4-32 was the Vikings top bowler with Bashir Hidar, 2-36 and Vaden Walker, 2-50, the other notables.
The Vikings challenged Royal Knights and went after the target with the top of the order combining to make 100 runs, with Deko Khemrah 45 and a supporting 35 from Anil Mohabir. However, Keon DeJesus—who filled in for Fredericks as Captain in the opening victory over Cavaliers—took out the last three batsmen and finished with 4-31, cutting down the charge of the Vikings at 177. Fredericks was 2-27.