By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
The Cavaliers Cricket team failed to deliver when they needed it most. Needing just four runs from six balls, Imron Smith bowled a maiden over with his 2-34 haul and Road Town Wholesale stunned favored Cavaliers with a thrilling three run victory, advancing to face Royal Knights on Sunday in the BVI Cricket Association Nagico T20 championship match in Greenland. They will play for the Ralph T. O’Neal Cup.
Despite Cavaliers captain Vishal Bharat taking 4-35, RTW used Man of the Match Sheldon John’s 77 as the foundation for 192, a target Cavaliers had been easily knocking off all season, except on Sunday. They replied with 189, as opener Teddy Nankashore and middle order batsman Bharat, hitting 42 each. John bagged 3-34.
“We made more mistakes chasing 193, made poor shots, we brought it back in our favor down to the last over to get four runs, we lost three wickets for no runs,” Bharat noted. “We played badly, made more mistakes and we lost the game. We lost crucial wickets, with silly dismissals at the top and in the middle. We needed a partnership down to the end. We tried with couple of us there and it came down to the last with just four runs. The team that makes more mistakes, will lose all the time. We lost today. Congrats to Road Town Wholesale.”
Overcome with emotion, RTW captain Joel Williams said it was a good feeling.
“Nobody gave us a chance at the beginning of the game but we went out and we stuck to our task,” he pointed out. “We decided to bowl outside the off stump, contain the batsmen and we did that. We took the catches, great job by the guys. “
Last week they lost to Cavaliers by seven wickets but Williams said Sunday’s match was a great effort. Everyone came together and stuck to the task at hand, as it was a tremendous effort from everyone.
He said they can’t take Royal Knights for granted as both teams want the title.
“It’s something we talked about at the beginning of the tournament and we’re here now,” he noted. “Just one more game.”
In the other games, Royal Knights opener Richie Fredericks ignited for a season’s best 155, during a 160 partnership with Ryan Mangal, that carried them to 255-7, then restricted Grenada to 202 for a 53-run victory.
“It was a hard fought game, but we came out on top and we’re very happy with the performance of the team,” Royal Knights manager Gordon French said. “A few things we have to work on. Credit to Grenada for playing a good game as well, and we look forward to playing in the finals.”
French said he told his team they can’t take anyone for granted on the day, despite beating RTW during the season.
“It’s one game and whoever comes out and play their best on the day, is going to win the finals,” he noted. “So, we have to come out and ensure we play the best cricket. They have a couple of guys that can take the game away in terms of their bating, put runs of the board very fast. We have to go out, play good cricket and win the finals.”