Cavaliers' Teddy Nankishore received his Nagico cap following his 167 playing with a fractured toe in the Digicel Twenty/20 Cricket tournament on Sunday, June 23
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It will take more than a fractured toe to slow down opening batsman Teddy Nankishore, who struck a formidable 167 runs to lead defending champions Cavaliers to victory against Virgin Gorda in the Digicel Twenty/20 Cricket Tournament.
A rain delay did not seem to bother Cavaliers, who opted to bat first on the Greenland Recreation Grounds after winning the toss last Sunday, June 23.
Nankishore and Dorian Auguiste made the VG bowlers toil during their 117 first wicket partnership - the pair's second century stand in the tournament.
When Auguste departed for 43 runs (5 fours and four sixes), Vishal Bharrat joined the party and established a 92-run partnership with Nankishore. Bharrat smashed 5 sixes and 1 four before he was removed by a sensational diving catch by Derol Redhead from the bowling of Jnique Mingo.
Nankishore's 11 fours and 9 sixes propelled Cavaliers to 292, but was the fourth wicket to fall when he was bowled on the final ball of the allotted 20 overs.
Virgin Gorda needed a good start to chase the total and has posted a score of over 300 during the tournament. Cavaliers bowlers appeared to have a game plan by bowling short deliveries to the dangerous Redhead who has the tournament's highest individual score of 187.
Redhead and other top VG batsmen were removed cheaply. Eldon Williams struck 41 not out (six fours) and Irving Hendrickson struck four huge sixes and a four tried to heave VG back into the game, but he was run out trying to sneak a single.
VG reached 183 for 9 in their 20 overs.
Nankishore told BVI Platinum News that following the game a week ago he realized that he had injured the fourth toe on left foot.
He said that he visited the doctor who confirmed that he had fractured it.
"I have gotten good encouragement from my team. Despite the injury I wanted to play for the love of the game and for my team," Nankishore stated.
He is currently the leading batsman in the tournament and is in good standing to receive the $500 prize offer from Nagico Insurances to the top batsman and bowler.
According to Nankishore, a lot of batsmen would like to take advantage of the relative small size of the ground, but that is where the problem starts. He said that a successful batsman has to play each ball on its merit by dispatching the bad balls for boundaries and be content to take singles from the good balls.
Asked about taking home the extra $500, Nankishore said, "That would be nice for the team if we can take all the awards, but we are more focused on winning our fifth championship. That is where our team is focused right now," Nankishore stated.
Maxford Pipe's Stunning 98 For Vincy
For a brief moment before Nankishore's heroics, Maxford Pipe was the leading run scorer in the tournament when he produced a Chris Gayle-type inning of 98 runs from 32 balls to give Vincy an easy 9-wicket victory against Jamrock.
Vincy won the toss and sent Jamrock to bat and they started slowly, losing their first wicket with six runs on the board. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals and reached 101 for 9 with batsman Condell Talla retired hurt after taking a ball to the mouth.
Wynfield Ambrose collected 3 fours and 1 six before he had his stumps knocked over by Pipe for 25 runs. Kenrick Leslie bowled 3 wickets for 12 runs and Brent Defreitas finished with 2 wickets for 13 runs.
In reply, Pipe struck 9 fours and 9 sixes to see Vincy home.
Jamrock will try to stay alive in the tournament when they face Vikings next week.