BY Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Cavaliers, once the standard barer of the BVI Cricket Association Twenty 20 league, winning the first four titles before Vincy ended their streak in 2013, is now a shadow of themselves.
Cavaliers beat Vincy two weeks ago to secure their position in the BVI Cricket Association LIME Twenty 20 League Premier Division for another year, but on Sunday, a seemingly different team faced Vincy in their playoff encounter in Greenland, one that saw the four time champs’ most pathetic display in their storied history. Cavaliers lost by nine wickets after being schematically bowled out for an anemic 63 in 11.4 overs, in a match where Desron Maloney ripped through the order taking 3-for-10, made a catch and had a supporting 22 not out for Man of the Match honors.
The carnage started early as opener Mohammed Hassan went for a duck and his partner Dorian Augiste was run out for two.
Bharat came in and somewhat stabilized the innings, resisting enough to score a team high 25, before he was caught by Kenrick Leslie off Earl Prescott’s bowling. From there, the next three batsmen went for five runs each as they reeled at 45-5 and the lower order systematically collapsed for 18 runs—seven of which were scored by Dhanpaul Chrisnanand.
“It was a game that everybody expected to see Cavaliers walk over Vincy, but Vincy showed up in their numbers and surprised all the spectators at Greenland today,” said captain Bront DeFreitas who bagged 3-for-11. “After winning the toss, we asked Cavaliers to bat and to everyone’s surprise, we bowled them out for 63. It was about discipline. A good fielding performance and a better bowling performance than in the last game we played against them. So the guys really showed up today in their numbers, they have done a good job and I must congratulate them.”
Vincy raced to 37 for 1, before Leslie went for 8. Ferris Pope, the other opener finished with 33 not out including three sixes and three boundaries, while Desron Maloney had a contributing 22 not out to send them through to the semis against Royal Knights on Sunday.
“We knew it was a must win for us to qualify for the semifinal, but we had a bad day—everybody played badly,” said Aaron Baker who was clean bowled by Neil Niles for two. “This is the worst day Cavaliers ever had. We have to work on our cricket. We have the talent. We can do better than this. We have to work hard for the next time.”
In Division I, after Colin Ollivere was caught by Dennis Browne off the first ball of the match bowled by Kellon Landon, Under The Tree’s Emrold Prince blasted a stroke filled 101 not out in leading their chase down of Island Stars’ 171, for a seven wickets victory. Landon’s tally included 11 boundaries and six sixes, from the 58 balls he faced.