By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Royal Knights used a seven wickets victory to oust the Island Stars from the Flow-Peter Haycraft Twenty 20 Cup Tournament in Greenland on Sunday afternoon, taking just 46 minutes to overcome their opponent’s 98 runs total, the second lowest score of the competition.
Royal Knights pacer Ian Ivan ripped through the Island Stars’ lineup taking 4 for 25 including a maiden, in his four overs. Saenin Patrick and Wayne Phillip were the Island Stars’ top batsmen with 23 and 21 runs respectively.
Royal Knight’s Jomel Lafleur and Anthony Slowly put on a 48 run third wicket stand as the platform for their 103 for 3 reply. Lafleur went lbw for 30 off Xavier Turby’s bowling while Slowly had a supporting 25 not out.
“I wouldn’t say the other team didn’t play good,” Island Stars’ Keelan Robin said. “But we had some important players who couldn’t make it today—I wouldn’t say it made us lose—but when you have some players you’re depending on and expect them to come and play the game and they didn’t show up we had to make a quick shuffle, so we were down on our back foot.”
Lafleur said it was a good game and they didn’t underestimate Island Stars.
“We had a guy (Ivan) pick up four, the guys fielded and we lose three wickets which we weren’t looking at to lose, but we came out victorious and we gave thanks for that,” he said. “This gives us a momentum going into the next game (Vikings) which we have to win. It’s do or die, so we have to play hard, come with our A+ game and deliver.”
Against the Vikings, Lafleur said every player must contribute and give 100%. “Then we’ll have a good game,” he assured. “Our bowling has been on an off, our fielding, we made some run outs on some easy chances, so during our Wednesday practice, we’ll be working on fielding and I hope the guys don’t misfield as much.”
Cavaliers used their bowlers to systematically dismantled Under The Tree, knocking them out of the competition with the tournament’s lowest score, after being invited to bat during Sunday’s first match, which they used as batting practice for their next encounter.
Gopaul Boodram narrowly missed a century with his 95 including 14 boundaries before getting out on an lbw, as Cavaliers belted Under The Tree bowlers for their season’s best 244 runs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Jagnarine “Sugar” Persuad had a contributing 45 while Drumor Toney and Ronniel Jeffrey added a supporting 28 respectively.