By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Not even intermittent rain or name calling could stop or deter them. Under The Tree literally got up from sitting under the Tamarind tree on the Greenland field, to flog Road Town Wholesale by eight wickets during their debut in the BVI Cricket Association Digicel Twenty 20 league.
Batting first, Road Town Wholesale had no answer to the spin of Bryan Daley who struck in the very first over and finished with 5 for 25, to bundle out RTW for a paltry 72. Sanjay Rambarock top scored with 17 and Kevin Dolley chipped in with 3 wickets.
In reply the Under The Tree lost two early wickets, but were guided over the finish line by Phillip Jacobs, who scored an unbeaten 33 including one six and six fours, to win by 8 wickets.
“Once we get proper training, dedicate ourselves to the game, anything can happen,” Under The Tree’s captain Emrol Prince said. “For the last two months we have been training vigorously, so I guess part of the training paid off today.”
Despite their name and relative inexperience, Prince said they are seeking to be the tournament’s surprise team. “Everybody look at us as the underdogs, rummies and all kinds of names they call us, but we want to show them we are different to what they say.”
The opening game saw Turby Xavier bowling Vincy into a strong position as he took three wickets cheaply in restricting the New Testament Church of God to 122-7. Cameron Williams top scored for the Church with 85, but received little support from the rest of the batting line up.
Despite the loss of two wickets Vincy got off to a winning start and were steered home by Kenrick Leslie, who finished unbeaten on 41.
“It’s unfortunate that we didn’t have a full turnout of players today, but we still did very well based on our performance, however, Vincy had the upper hand on us, so they won,” noted Cameron Williams. “We only have one more game on our hand which we are very confident of winning, because when we started out with Vincy this morning, we were going at a 11-12 runs per over, which is good. We are hoping we can bat out the full 20 overs with our full team.”
Vincy’s captain Kenrick Leslie said since New Testament was short handed it wasn’t a competitive match. “We are a bit rusty because we have not been training since the tournament ended last year, but we have some positives in the team chasing their 122 and losing two wickets. All in all, it’s good to be back and we are going to improve throughout the tournament.”
Action continues on Sunday with the Royal Knights facing the Seven Day Adventists at 10.00am and then at 2:00 p.m. the Wolues will meet the returning Police squad.