By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal—the longest serving president of the BVI Cricket Association—Sports Minister Myron Walywn and Communications and Works Minister Mark Vanterpool were among the many fans on hand on Sunday to witness the most exciting final ever in the history of the Digicel Twenty 20 Series.
The Vikings wrestled the crown from four time champs Cavaliers during an epic momentum swinging battle, to seize the title on the last ball by 2 runs in a Super Over.
“Even I could not have dreamed this up or scripted it better,” association president Shan Mohamed said. “It is absolutely perhaps the best final the BVICA has ever experienced in the history of cricket and certainly in the last decade.”
Batting first, Cavaliers posted 236 for 8 from their 20 overs led by Kwesi Sinclair, who blasted 9 fours and 5 sixes for 93 runs. He shared a 99-run second wicket partnership with Dorian Auguste, who added 54 runs before he was bowled by Vikings’ captain, Richard Fredericks.
Cavaliers also saw contribution from Mohamed Hassan who added 45 runs from 17 balls.
Bowling for Vikings, Fredericks, Winston Davis and Vaden Walker each ended with 2 wickets.
In reply, Vikings were 92 for 2 when they lost Fredericks for 36 runs. However, Man of the Match Kevin Joseph played another magical inning, leading Vikings with 57 runs from 27 balls.
Vikings needed 29 runs with 1 wicket in hand from the final over to win and Cavaliers turned to Julian Sinclair to close the game. A couple of wides and instinctive batting from Steeve Yudesh Shivprashad saw Vikings score 28 runs. Shivprashad sent a catch to Kwesi Sinclair on the final ball of the inning as Vikings tied the score 236 forcing the super over.
Vikings captain Fredericks sent Cavaliers to bat first and they produced eight runs in the super over. In reply, Vikings’ Joseph hit a blistering four from the first ball he faced, but good fielding and bowling from Cavaliers saw them three runs adrift with the last ball. Joseph sent a shot past a diving Cavaliers player for a boundary, giving them their first title in dramatic fashion, by a 10-8 score.
“I’ve played in finals before but it was not this tense, I don’t like the drama too much but I’ll take the win,” Fredericks said. “But, this is very special. It’s our first one and everybody will enjoy this tonight. This was a team effort, team unity. Everybody came together all 14 members played a part.”
Cavaliers’ captain Jagnarine “Sugar” Persaud said he had never been in a tight game like that before. “Twenty nine runs in the last over, on any given day, you would think it’s over and any sensible bowler would bowl a decent over but no give up 29 runs,” he said. “It was tough. There was one person to decide the game, the bowler with the ball in his hand. I tried my best but unfortunately, I didn’t.
Mohamed was not only happy with the game but the support. “This is perhaps the largest crowd I’ve ever seen at cricket,” he stated. “I thought both teams played extremely well, they put on a good show for the fans and as a whole I think cricket won today.”
Joseph was adjudged Man of the Match of the finals. Vikings took home the winning cheque of $1,500, championship trophy and championship medals. Cavaliers won $1,000 and players received second place medals.
Finals Man of the Match: Kevin Joseph (Vikings)
NAGICO Insurances Top Batsman: Richard Fredericks (Vikings): Top Bowler: Rodney Marryshow (Grenada).Digicel Extraordinary Player: Richard Fredericks (Vikings).Digicel Extraordinary Contributor: Lewis Huggins (Announcer/Umpire).
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