Defending champions, Vincy opened their 2014 title campaign by defeating arch rivals Cavaliers with just two balls remaining, producing one of the more thrilling finishes in the history of the Digicel Twenty/20 Cricket Tournament.
Close to 400 persons turned out to the Greenland Recreation Ground as the two teams which were part of last year’s finals clashed as the Super Six stage of the 2014 competition started on Sunday, March 30.
Vincy won the toss and sent Cavaliers to bat first. Cavaliers’ openers Teddy Nankishore and Vishal Bharat troubled Vincy very early with a 79-run partnership. Nakishore, last year’s tournament most-runs scorer, sent a catch to Maxford Pipe from the bowling of Kenrick Leslie and departed for 28 runs.
Bharrat tried to push on attacking the bowling of Leslie, but was caught by Philbert Anthony racing in from the boundary with the score on 110. He struck 7 sixes and 3 fours for his 64 runs. With the two opening batsmen back under the team tent, Cavaliers struggled to rebuild until the captain, Jagnarine ‘Sugar’ Persaud arrived in the middle.
He belted a team high 66 runs, including 6 sixes and 5 fours before he was stumped by an alert Vincy captain, Dennis ‘Babylon’ Browne. Newcomer to Cavaliers, Mohamed Hassan played cautiously for 46 not out – crucial runs towards the end of the innings to push Cavaliers to 256 for 6 from their 20 overs.
Leslie snatched a game high 5 for 40 from four overs while Anthony claimed a wicket.
Vincy’s run chase started with a spirited 55 run partnership between openers, Pipe and Leslie. However, Pipe played down the wrong line to a ball from Dorian Auguiste and was adjudged LBW for 27 runs. Leslie departed shortly after from the bowling of Julian Sinclair for 21 runs.
The defending champs appeared to be in shambles at one stage as Sylvester Mitchell and Browne were removed cheaply. Needing a further 156 for victory from 11 overs, Montgomery ‘Monty’ Buttler joined Austin McDowell.
A fascinating partnership of 127 runs developed between the two that included an array of thunderous sixes and crisp fours to all parts of the ground.
Desperately in search of an answer, Cavaliers brought back the spin of Dhanpaul Chrisnanand and he immediately got Buttler to loft an easy catch to Hassan with the score on 228.
Buttler’s inning of 52 runs included 5 fours and 4 sixes. The very next delivery following Buttler’s dismissal, Chrisnanand claimed the wicket of Orlando Ollivierre.
During the bowling storm, McDowell showed poised, reaching his century in grand style with a massive six.
Vincy needed 12 runs from the final over. A six and four in successive deliveries struck by McDowell carried Vincy closer to the target. A single that tied the game on the third ball of the over gave a hobbled Keelan Robin the strike. He hoisted the fourth deliver for six to give Vincy a well-fought victory.
McDowell finished with 108 not out, 90 of which came from 12 fours and 7 sixes.
Sinclair, who bowled 78 runs from four overs, finished with 2 wickets. Auguiste and Chrisnanand also finished with 2 wickets each.
Grenada Bounce Back
After dropping their final game against SDA in Division II competition, Grenada returned to their winning ways in their first match of the Super Six round by defeating Jamrock by six wickets. Led by Rodney Marryshow’s 51 not out, Grenada easily eclipsed the 166 posted by Jamrock. Jason Thomas finished with 38 runs and Raymond Charles added 29 runs for Grenada. Uroy Willory claimed 2 for 37 runs from 3 overs and Condelle Talla picked up a wicket bowling for Jamrock.
After being sent to bat by Grenada, Jamrock were all out in 16.4 overs. Talla smashed 7 fours and 10 sixes in a 91-run inning that included just 3 singles.
Grenada’s Irvin Lewis finished with 3 for 15 from four overs while Rosaul Manicore bowled 3 for 31. Marryshow also picked up 2 wickets.