By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Royal Knights opener Richard Fredericks had 14 sixes including five in a row during a stroke filled 132 runs, as his team chased down unbeaten defending champs Cavaliers’ 215 total to win by a wicket, after handing them their first loss in the BVI Cricket Association Nagico T20 League, played in honor of long serving president Ralph T. O’Neal.
“I think we were beaten by a nice team, 216 was a good total we posted on this kind of ground, but our bowling wasn’t up to par and Richie took the game away from us—he singlehandedly beat us,” Cavaliers captain Vishal Bharat noted. “He scored 132 and we had no answer for him. They played better cricket than us in the latter half.”
Cavaliers’ Kevin Boodie went lbw for 57 off Fredericks, who bagged 3-23. Royston Duggin had a supporting 40 not out, while dependable bat Teddy Nankishore was caught and bowled by Carl Fraser, 3-30, on 38.
“We thought that somebody had to bat right through to the end and today it was me,” noted Man of the Match Fredericks. “In the previous game, I made about six bad shots and got banned and everybody saw my potential if I just stayed and made runs. So today I did.”
Manager Gordon French said the victory was important because there are now no unbeaten teams in the league.
“Everyone how has to fight to secure positions now going into the final round and the championship,” he noted. “We’re happy that we were able to defeat Cavaliers. We we’re able to pull it off a few times before, but now we’re happy and have to continue looking forward as a team. We can’t take anyone for granted.”
Cavaliers Jagnarine “Sugar” Persaud, was their top bowler, snatching 3-39.
In the other match, Grenada opener Derol Redhead launched six boundaries within his 54 and Gary Prince added a supporting 39, as they beat the Vikings by 29 runs after posting 183.
Junic Migo 39, and Vishal Munessar, 33, were the Vikings top batsmen as they replied with 154.
Grenada’s Kitason Francis, 3-33 and Prince, 3-39, were their top bowlers.