Unbeaten Guyana bags Peter Haycraft Nations Cup, BVI third | Island Sun

Unbeaten Guyana bags Peter Haycraft Nations Cup, BVI third

Caption: Guyana poses with the Peter Haycraft Nations Cup after beating Dominica by eight wickets

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Aviskhar Sewkarran made the combined score of seven Dominica batsmen, in leading unbeaten Guyana to an eight wicket victory and the Peter Haycraft Nations Cup title on Sunday afternoon in Greenland.

Dominica’s manager Dale Benjamin who was absent, had predicted that “no team will beat us twice” but Dominica could only muster 116 runs after winning the toss and electing to bat, with 36 of the total coming from middle order Captain Alvin Africa.  

Reno Mitteholzer anchored Guyana’s bowling taking 3 for 20 with Man of the Match Sewkarran bagging 2 for 3. Mitteholzer took the opening pair of Colin Alexander (15) and Doyle Jones (14), who came over from St. Thomas. Dhanpaul Chrisnanand picked up another 2 for 29. 

Sewkarran led Guyana’s reply with 72 not out from 35 balls, with seven fours and five boundaries.  Aaron Baker had a supporting 30 inclusive of four fours, as they took just 56 minutes for their 117 runs, while losing two wickets in their 10.4 overs on the crease.

“After all those wins, we wanted to close off the tournament really strongly  and we did a good job in executing that today, kudos to the guys,” Guyana manager Colin Campbell said. “Up front the bowlers really stuck it into their opponents, we did it all on the field. These guys have been playing hard, training hard and we’ve found a really good bunch of guys that we’re going to be building more going forward in the 2023 tournament.”

Doyle said Dominica was missing key personnel including Gary Pierre Prince, who lost his mother and he extended his condolences on behalf of the team. The manager and several other players were unavailable. “Those are critical people on our team and we miss them dearly today,” he said. “Today I didn’t get the runs my team required of me, but definitely next year, I’m going to come back hard.”

BVI beat Vincy for third place

Dennis Tyson’s 30 not out, including a towering six to end the match, helped the BVI to a three wickets victory over St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a third place finish.

Electing to bat, Vincy used 47 from opener Kenrick Leslie and 43 not out from Imran Smith as their platform for 149, but got no support from Captain Ronniel Jeffrey who was coming off back to back centuries and could only muster a paltry 10, before his stumps were removed by BVI Captain Vishal Bharat.

Middle order batsman Monty Butler and Sylvester Mitchell both gave the BVI 28 runs a piece with another 22 from opener Chad Baston, as they made 152 leading to a wild celebration after Tyson’s game ending six.   

“It’s a good victory for the BVI, we played well today,” Baharat said. “We gelled properly (but) it’s a tough tournament as guys play with different teams and to come together for this new Nation’s Cup it was kind of difficult at first, but we think we played well to end up third. At the beginning, nobody had us to be in the semifinal, so coming third, I say a big thank you to all the guys that performed in the bowling—(Earl) Prescott was really good, McTair (James) was good also (Dennis) Tyson was good. With the bat, Monty (Butler) and (Ferris) Pope. The other guys pitched in as well, those were the main guys for us. A big thanks to the fans. The fans came out and supported us big time.”

Cameron Williams said it was a day that unfortunately, Vincy didn’t come to play. “The last two games didn’t end the way we wanted to,” he noted. “It was very competitive and went down to the wire, but I know the guys can do better than what they did, looking forward to the next tournament.”

Williams said Ronniel Jeffery who had back to back centuries and walked off with tournament MVP honors and the most sixes with over 20, took eight wickets and scored over 380 runs, did what he had to do.

“If we could get the support from other players—players stepped up in different games to support him—but at the end of the day, we didn’t do what we were supposed to do as a team to be honest and with the potential that the players have, we didn’t do what we were supposed to do.”