By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
On the right arms of Earl Prescott and Brent DeFreitas who ripped through the order for four wickets each, Vincy rebounded from a four runs opening loss by holding Grenada to a BVI Cricket Association T20 League season low 48 runs, to earn a 113 runs victory on Sunday in Greenland.
Vincy set a 162 target for Grenada—who flogged the Falcons for a nine wickets victory in their opener—with a balanced attack where five batsmen scored at least 22 runs with Andrew Richards’ 33 the top score.
Rodney Marryshow 3-35 and Daniel McDonald 2-10, were Grenada’s top bowlers.
Grenada started badly, with captain Derol Redhead going lbw for one run and the next four batsmen going for ducks, as they crumbled under the bowling of Earl Prescott and Brent DeFreitas, to 4-9.
It got no better for Grenada as only Raphael Sampson limped to a mediocre 12 runs and in 46 minutes the match was over, as Grenada was out for a paltry 48.
Prescott who earned Man of the Match honors, bagged 4-12 and DeFreitas, 4-32.
“Cricket is a game of uncertainties. We bowled well, we fielded well and a lot of things didn’t go well for our side with the batting, we lost six wickets for 22 runs and it was difficult to recuperate from that,” Grenada batsman Alwyn St. Hallaire told Island Sun Sports. “People have a tendency to play edgy, play more strokes and make silly mistakes. Each team has lost one game now, everyone is level. Who wants it more is going to fight to the end.”
St. Hallaire said the 162 target was normal for his team and noted their opening pair made 128 in their first game.
“Today was the Vincy day, congrats to them and we have to go back to the drawing board to do better next time,” he said.
Vincy Captain Kenrick Leslie said he realized that in the past, they have been putting teams to bat and bowling them out for under 200 and said why don’t they bat first and defend whatever total they made.
“I think the conditions today played in our favor and we had the batter bowlers,” Leslie said. “DeFreitas and Prescott, they really stepped up today as senior players knowing that we had a reasonable total—not big—but they stepped up to the plate, got four wickets each and that was great for the team.”
In the day’s first game that was reduced to 15 overs because of inclement weather, Cavaliers picked up their first win with a seven wickets victory over the Vikings who reached 96-8 in the allotted overs. Roshan Hushman’s 33 was the Vikings top batting score.
Cavaliers Dhanpaul Chrisnanand bagged 3-13 and Man of the Match Avishkar Sewkarran, 3-28.
In reply, Cavaliers opener Teddy Nankashore’s 42 and a not out 47 from Ronniel Jeffrey, piloted them to the seven wickets victory.
Vikings bowler Bashir Hidar snatched 2-18.