By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Virgin Gorda Spartans picked up their second victory in the BVI Cricket Association Nagico T20 League played in honor of long serving president Ralph T. O’Neal on Sunday afternoon in Greenland, after beating Road Town Wholesale by 44 runs.
Led by Man of the Match Akeem Hendrickson and Marvin Brown’s 85 run six wicket stand after losing the fourth and fifth wickets at 97, the duo steadied the Spartans to a respectable 187 run total for RTW to chase.
Hendrickson with 48 and Brown with 47, both not out, got a supporting 29 from Kazim Haywood, before he was dismissed lbw off an Imran Smith delivery. Smith who also bowled Paul Joseph for a duck, finished with 2-31. Captain Joel Williams was RTW’s most successful bowler, bagging 3-34.
Needing an average of 10 runs to make it a game, RTW was never in the match and found themselves wobbling at 13-2, when opener Keelan Robin was caught by Wicketkeeper Basil Matthew’s running catch.
The downward spiral continued and by the bitter end, eight of RTW’s batsmen had scored 13 runs or less, combining for a paltry 44 runs inclusive of four ducks—the same amount of runs they lost by.
Tail ender Morry Ollivierre resisted for a not out 35 for his team’s highest score, while Middle order batsman and Captain Joel Williams was run out for 33, and Kevin Thompson was caught by Kazim Haywood for 21.
The Spartans’ Samuel Jones removed the sumps of batters 6-9, to finish with 4-18. Dale Africa snatched 3-15, ending the match by taking out Delbert Thomas for a duck.
In the morning match, despite Vaden Walker wiping out four Vincy Stars batsmen for 37 runs, Vincy Stars walked over the Vikings for a three wickets win, as man of the match Rohan Blake also snatched 4-37, and eight Vikings batsmen could only muster 10 runs or less. Vikings were out on 168-8 in their 20 overs.
Vikings middle order batsman Neil “Pow” Niles had a not out 54 and Roshan Hushman a supporting 45, but the other eight batsmen lent no support whatsoever, as they combined to produce just 47 runs, with seven of the eight scoring under 10 runs—the highest of the lot.
Vincy’s Kenrick Leslie grabbed 2-26.
Vincy’s Wicketkeeper Cameron Williams became Walker’s second wicket when he was caught for 39 by Dave Pyroo, after Walker had also taken out McTair James for 35, for his first scalp.
Monty Butler had a contributing not out 34, helping them to 173-7.
Vikings Bashir Hidar, picked up 2-38.