By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Man of the Match Vaden Walker laced nine boundaries for his 61 not out from 44 balls while Captain Neil “Pow” Niles had a supporting 46 not out, and the Vikings went on to beat Rising Stars by six wickets in their season ending BVI Cricket Association T20 match in Greenland on Sunday.
The Vikings replied to the Rising Stars’ 178 with 180 for 4. Wicketkeeper Dave Pyroo, survived Walker’s 3 for 19 bowling to produce a respectable 64 with six boundaries and five sixes, after Walker had taken out opener Vishal Seebarran for a duck and third man Rushan Hushman for five. Captain Kevin Shilchand had a supporting 32 not out.
“We had a plan, tried to execute it but apparently we fell short,” noted Shilchand. “There were some little tweaks in the fielding, the pressure came on as well as Vaden (Walker) and Pow (Niles) stayed in the middle, they did very well executing their plans. I believe the game got away there because we were unable to break that partnership.”
Niles said things went according to plan—even though they wanted to limit them to 150, he felt his batsmen could have reached the total, but his team hasn’t been consistent this season and have identified the weaknesses. He said they will work on them during the off season.
“We’re right there—no team has been running us over—we’re just right there but we have some flaws to be sought out,” he explained. “The good thing is, we know what they are and we’re going to work on them.”
Niles told Island Sun Sports that he loved the fact the his team stuck to the bowling plan and tried to keep them within the amount of runs they wanted them to score, but when they went to bat, the middle—which has been the challenge all season—was what they wanted shored up which he and Vaden ended up doing.
“We’re learning not to give up when things aren’t going our way,” he said. “We spoke after the match and one of the key things I said to the guys is that we need to stick together even though things aren’t going our way. We could have been in the semis. The game we’ve lost could have gone either way. We still have some bright spots to take away from it and look forward to coming out next year.”
In the other match, Keion DeJesus became the season’s second century maker when he blasted 16 boundaries and five sixes off 37 balls for his stroke filled 104 before being caught, in leading defending champs Royal Knights to a 136 run victory over Under The Tree, after coming up two runs short of 300, with 298. Under The Tree were 162 for 8.
Jamal Mickle had a contributing 44 and Reno Mitteholzer a supporting 35 for Royal Knights who advanced to the top four seeking to defend their title. Under The Tree’s Shem Ellis took 2 for 39 and Kelvin Lewis, 2 for 60.
Under The Tree’s batsmen were led by Curtley Peters, who had seven sixes and three fours in 37 minutes for his 61, before he was bowled by Wayne Richards. Opener Sessie Ells, had a respectable 32.
Royal Knight’s Trent Olive, 2 for 23 and Valiston Guishard, 2 for 44, were Under The Tree top bowlers.