By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Avishkar Sewkarran and Keion DeJesus put on a 107 run second wicket partnership after opener Jamal Mickle was caught by Craig Fisher off the second ball delivered by Earl Prescott, laying the foundation for Guyana’s six wickets victory over the British Virgin Islands on Sunday in Greenland, in the Peter Haycraft Nations Cup clash of the unbeatens.
DeJesus, who had three sixes and eight boundaries, took the match away from the BVI before he was bowled by Fisher for 59 off 30 deliveries, as they reached 190 for 4. Sewkarran, who netted 44, went LBW off Fisher, who bagged 2 for 28, while Jagnarine “Suga” Persaud contributed 37 not out. BVI fast bowler Prescott grabbed 2 for 49.
The BVI who decided to bat after winning the toss, put 186 for 4 on the board as Guyana’s target, with Ferris Pope’s stroke filled 69 before he went LBW and Monty Butler—despite a leg injury—adding 44 not out from 21 balls, but was unable to capitalize on singles to pad his total.
Jienick Mingo grabbed 2 for 29 as Guyana’s top bowler.
“I think it was a good performance, we posted 186, it was a good total but our bowling didn’t click today. It kinda let us down today a little bit,” BVI Captain Vishal Bharat told Island Sun Sports. “Guyana is one of the stronger teams in the competition and we showed them a good fight.”
Bharat described BVI’s batting as being “very positive” led by Pope’s 59 along with Butler’s 44. The top six he said batted well and posting 186 was a “damn good score.”
“Guyana has a strong batting lineup and we tried our best, but they were better than us today,” he said. “They just played better than us.”
Guyana’s manager Colin Campbell said after being off for two weeks, his team started off sloppy in the fielding after missing some practices but it shows that they have to continue playing hard.
“No team playing on this ground should be taken lightly,” he said. “The BVI played well—batting and bowling—so it showed that we actually had to come harder to win this game. But it was a good game all and all.”
As the only unbeaten team, Campbell said it’s not getting easier and they have to play harder, because each team understands playing hard, making catches and putting runs on the board and defending it, is a really important part of the game.
“Being undefeated is a good feeling but we aren’t putting anything to rest right now,” he noted. “We’re still going to play harder as we go through the tournament.”
Grenada’s slim chances of staying in the tournament collapsed when they lost four wickets for nine runs and were eliminated from the competition after Vincy secured a 30-run victory in the opening match.
After being sent to bat by Grenada, Vincy batsman Ronniel Jeffrey hammered Grenada’s batsmen for 103 not out, with 11 sixes and eight boundaries off 41 balls, as Vincy went on to post 217 for 4 in their 20 overs. Kenrick Leslie had a supporting 30 not out and Curtis Jack contributed a useful 29 before he was caught and bowled by Anthony Panchoo.
Wicketkeeper Captain and middle order batsman Derol Redhead led Grenada’s charge back, but after he was caught by Lorenzo Olliverre for 59, things went south for the Spice Isles boys who went down at 187 for 6 in the 20th over, to end their run. Opener Rodney Marryshow was bowled for 43 and Irwin “Small Man” Lewis chipped in another 29.
Morray Olliverre grabbed 2 for 24 and Jeffrey, 2 for 29.
With Grenada winning the toss, Jeffrey said they had to make the choice of batting or fielding, which was kinda easy for them especially after they were asked to bat—something they wanted. “The team wanted me to stay and bat as long as I could and that is exactly what I did,” Jeffrey noted. “(It) feels good to always score and to get to that mark of 100, I’m feeling great.”