By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Vikings faced a tall order chasing a 236 target in the BVI Cricket Association T20 match on Sunday and Cavaliers Jagnarine “Suga” Persaud didn’t make it any easier. Persaud picked up his league leading seventh wicket, when he ripped through the Vikings order, taking 5-for-14 with two maidens and four ducks, for Man of the Match honors, in leading Cavaliers to a 126 run victory.
Royston Duggin also plucked 2-for-13, as Vikings batsmen Collis Fraser had 30 for his league leading 112 runs and Vaden Walker, with 27, helped them get to 109, as batsmen fell all around them.
Before being caught and bowled by Vikings Neil “Pow” Niles, Cavaliers opening batsman Avishkar Sewkarran, launched their attack with an enterprising 75. Duggin had a supporting 44 and Sewkarran’s fellow opener, Aaron Baker contributed 32 and Ricky Singh a timely 24.
“Today’s match was a very good win for us, being put in to bat first, the plan was to get off to a good start with the new ball and at the back end just explode,” Cavaliers Captain Gopaul Boodram said. “The openers gave us a very good start and the lower end batsmen were the ones who pulled us through and gave us a respectable total, 235. Hats off to Avishkar. He made a good score for us, also Royston and Ricky, they were the outstanding batsmen for us today.”
He added: “The bowling, with Jagnarine Persaud starting off and giving us a five wickets haul in his four overs, I though, that was the game changing moment for us right there. I told the guys to get their line and length, hit it out off-stump and let the batsman make their mistake, let’s not make it on our side and we executed really well in the bowling department today.”
Vikings Captain, Niles, said the batting failed his team. “Last match it was our bowling that let us down, this time it’s our batting, but I must say, all kudos to them, they bowled well, Suga had a five wickets haul in four overs, that’s unprecedented,” Niles said. “Not to make excuses, we could be practicing more but some of the guys work off island. We have to get some practice in because we can’t continue playing in this way.”
Led by Vishal Seebarran’s 88, the Rising Stars top order batsmen combined for 190 runs and they went on to beat Under The Tree by 75, after posting 261, then turning back their rivals for 186.
Dave Pyroo contributed 57 for Rising Stars and Loy Squires, 45. Curtly Peters was Under the Tree’s top bowler, taking 2-for-53. Damron Prince’s 69, was Under The Tree’s leading scorer. Gregdon Martin picked up his 50 off 23 balls.
Man of The Match, Seebarran, bagged 2-for-37 and Nithin Balkerkar, 2-for-36.