Royal Knights flog Falcons for six wickets T20 victory

Grenada’s Irwin “Small Man” Lewis, left, bowling against the RTW Falcons and Falcons batsman Jodini James, tries not to get run out

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

RTW Falcons batsmen powered their way to 221 for 4, but their bowlers were battered by  defending BVI Cricket Association T20 champions Royal Knights on Sunday in Greenland, who flogged them for a six wickets victory. Royal Knights used two half century partnerships to get the job done, chasing down their total in posting 222 for 4, and improved to 2-0.

After the Falcons Turby Xavier removed Royal Knights opener Wayne Richards for one, Ryan Mangal and Vivian Fredericks put on a 61 second wicket stand, before Fredericks went lbw for 55 off a Falcons Captain Joel Williams’ delivery. Then Jamal Mickle and Captain Keon DeJesus reconstructed a fourth wicket 77 stand, before Mickle was caught for 40. DeJesus finished with a  stroke filled 77 not out and got a supporting 20 not out, from newcomer Richard Francis.

Williams’ 57 not out for the 0-2 Falcons, had given them the start they needed along with a supporting 48 from Imran Smith and opener Curtis Jack’s 40.  Austin McDowall chipped in a useful 28 and Chad Baston, 24, but all their bowlers gave up 30 or more runs to Royal Knights batsmen.

“We won the toss and decided to bowl first but we didn’t restrict them to what we wanted, they made 221,” DeJesus told Island Sun Sports. “Halfway through the game, I told the guys the run rate is just 11 runs, it’s a big score, but it’s simple cricket, rotate the strike, when boundary balls come hit it and we end up victorious.”

DeJesus said the Falcons were a good test for his team. “We could have bowled better, but we’re going to fix that in practice,” he noted. “I’m just happy that the batting—Vivian (Fredericks) Mickle (Jamal) myself stood up, contributed and we ended up victorious.”

After congratulating Royal Knights, Falcons Captain Joel Williams said they didn’t bowl as planned, started off sluggish and they lapsed on the back end.  “From teenage days, they told you catches win matches and that showed today,” he said. “If we had made two of those catches, I think we would have been in for a better chance. Our bowling has been a nickel for us over the years and we have been working on it. It’s just today, it didn’t pay off.”

Grenada over Vincy

Despite the brilliant bowling of Winston Davis who plucked 5 Grenada batsmen for 40, Vincy suffered a mid-to lower order batting collapse and had an agonizing 68 run loss to Grenada, with Irwin “Small Man” Lewis ripping through their order, taking 4 for 20 along with a maiden when it mattered most, including the wickets of big men, Brent DeFreitas and Earl Prescott for ducks.

With Davis taking out Grenada’s Rodney Marryshow for 24, Gary Pierre Prince for 28, Lewis for 22, Emmanuel Charles for 6 and Akeem Hendrickson for 3, Captain Derol Redhead pulled the match from Vincy with an unbeaten 59, to steer them to 179 all out.

After Vincy opener McTair James (34) and Monty Butler ( 28) were removed by Marryshow and Lewis—who didn’t get a wicket in the opener against Cavaliers—the Vincy batsmen buckled under the weight of Grenada’s bowling and were out for 111, to lose by 68 runs and fell to 1-1.  

“It’s another day in the office and we didn’t perform, plain and straight, we didn’t perform as we’re supposed to,” Vincy Captain Cameron Williams said. “We bowled well, but the batting fell apart. We were batting up to par, scoring 11, 12 runs an over up to the 10th over and we fell short.”

Grenada Manager Ebony Andrews said she’s happy for the victory, especially after an opening loss to Cavaliers, which is a good comeback and morale booster. “We started off slowly, then we started putting runs on the board , the middle order really kept us together in the batting,” she noted. “In the bowling, I think everybody did a fairly good job today. Out Captain Derol Redhead, though he had an injury to his hand, he was able to make 59 runs. Irwin Lewis took four wickets and brought us up with 22 runs, so I think we did pretty well today.”