Batting fireworks exploded at Greenland Recreation Ground when Rodney Maryshaw (pictured here) smashed 141 runs to highlight Grenada’s triumphant return to cricket when the Digicel Twenty/20 Tournament opened on Sunday, March 9.
Grenada won the toss and showed no jitters when captain, Dave Johnson elected to bat under pristine weather conditions and against a formidable Roadtown Wholesale (RTW) side, who despite playing in the tournament for the first time, was able to attract key players from teams in last year’s tournament.
The opening pair of Jason Thomas and the dependable, Raymond Charles selected their spots early, picking up 20 runs from the first two overs. The two were separated when Thomas retired on 20 runs with an injury and did not return.
Maryshaw joined Charles in the middle and they took the score to 189 when Charles on 62 (5 fours and 3 sixes) had his stumps displaced by a determined Collis Frazer, a former all-rounder who played for Police last year.
Charles’ dismissal was the only success that RTW enjoyed with the ball as several catches were floored, which left Dave Johnson, who ended with 33 not out (1 four and 4 sixes) and Maryshaw to cash in with thumping shots across the Greenland field in the waning overs of the innings.
Grenada posted 286 for 1 from their 20 overs. Maryshaw stroked the tournament’s first century which included 17 fours and 9 sixes. Frazer ended with bowling figures of 1 for 28 from 4 overs.
RTW struggled out the blocks needing 187 to win the game. They were 80 for 3 when James Ragnauth joined opening batsman, Frazer. Together the duo posted a 104-run partnership for the fourth wicket that ignited RTW chances of winning the game until Ragnaugth was bowled by Tony Pancho for 31 runs.
Perhaps, RTW needed to attack earlier as their final score of 213 for 4 fell 77 runs short of the target. Despite losing the game, RTW took away the scintillating performance of 125 not out from Frazer who crashed 10 fours and 11 sixes.
Grenada’s Maryshaw ended with 2 for 30 from four overs.
SDA Takes Down Youthful Wolues
The SDA team, another new entry in the 2014 tournament, defeated Wolues by 61 runs. The SDA won the toss and elected to bat first posting 208 for 2 from their 20 overs led by vice-captain Shaun Thompson who posted 82 not out.
Thompson’s inning included 15 fours and a lone six, which came in the closing stages. He received support between the lines from Rohan Sweeny with 60, who belted 10 fours and 2 sixes while Dan Pope added 31.
Brandon Waters, one of the many youth cricketers called up by Wolues, bowled steadily with figures of 1 for 28, opened with a maiden over and picking up the dangerous SDA opener, Colin Olliverre.
The other wicket to fall in the SDA inning, Sweeny, was bagged by Soleman Weyers.
Wolues needed 209 to win and got the start they needed from opener Simon Schilder, who buttressed one side of the wicket with consistent stroke play. He was eventually removed for 35 trying to hoist a delivery over the top which stuck to the hands of Sweeney off the bowling of McArthur Byfield.
The other opener, Paul Hewlett showed some promise of a big score, but a miscalculated single found him short of the batting crease and he was adjudged run out by the umpire. Chetram Silchand found his stumps scattered from a full length ball from Sweeny; Faisal Anwar and Kadesh Talle also fell cheaply to the bowling of Jerome Powell and Byfield respectively.
Jadid Khan contributed 27 not out for Wolues, a knock that consisted of 2 fours and 3 sixes. However it was not enough and Wolues settled for 147 for five in their 20 overs, 62 runs short of the target. Byfield ended with bowling figures of 2 for 24.
On Sunday, March 16, SDA will look to continue their winning streak when they face RTW in the morning and Grenada will be hoping for another dominating perfornabce against Wolues, who are epected to field more senior players.
The four teams are playing a division II competition with the winner advancing to play with five other Division I teams which include, defending champions, Vincy; four time champs, Cavaliers; Vikings, Jamrock and New Testament Church of God (NTCOG). The Round of six starts Sunday, March 30.