By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
For the second weekend, Grenada has eliminated another team from the Flow-Peter Haycraft Twenty 20 Cup Tournament being staged in Greenland, as the Virgin Gorda Spartans became the latest casualty, after host Roadtown Wholesale went home last weekend.
The two pronged attack came first from Gary Prince, who decimated the visitors order for five wickets and Man of the Match Denron Frederick hitting the tournament’s fifth century, that sent Grenada on its way to securing a five wickets victory.
Virgin Gorda’s opener Derran Phillip, was the first of Prince’s wickets in the bag for 30, followed by Daniel Macdonald who was caught out for 22. Brian Joseph had a contributing 24.
Prince who bagged 5 for 35, triggered a middle order collapse that saw Virgin Gorda losing six wickets for 63 runs, after getting to 102 for 4, with Alvin Africa’s 47 not out carrying the load before they were out for 165.
Virgin Gorda’s captain Phillip said they didn’t field well and dropped several early catches.
“Their batsman went on to make a century but he got dropped very early,” Phillip noted. “This is where the game really changed for us. It’s not we bowled really bad. We just didn’t catch well.
In reply, opener Frederick piloted Grenada to 171 with a boundary, finishing n 105 not out. Richard Rogers had a supporting 28.
“I know I can make any amount of runs in this small park but I kinda batted with some anger, in terms of the first two wickets, it wasn’t a fair play by the umpire. I didn’t appreciate it and just decided to beat everything that come,” Frederick explained. “Concerning this victory, I think we would had qualified (for the next round) win or lose, so it wasn’t a threat to us. We just decided to come out and win all our games and the tournament.”
In the other game, the Vikings sent Royal Knights to the crease and they used seven batsmen reach 199, led by 39 from Jomel LeFleur and a supporting 38 from Anthony Slowly.
Junie Mingo was the only Vikings bowler with more than one wicket, taking 2 for 33.
Vikings opener and Man of the Match Steve Shivprashed, had an enterprising 59 and Gary Sing a contributing 47 as the posted 200 for the win.
“We had the game in hand but gave it away,” LeFleur said. ”We misfielded and had few bad decisions. We missed catches, threw the ball away and out big bowlers didn’t step up today. We have to do better in the next game.”
Vikings Vaden Walker said it was a good victory for his team.
“This was a really hard fought victory and an important one for us as only one team from each groups is advancing,” he pointed out. “We know 200 is a par score on this ground because it’s a little small and any miss it goes out the ground. But, it was still a tough fight, because Royal Knights is one of the better teams in the competition. The guys on top set it up and the middle order came in and got the runs needed for us to win.”