Virgin Gorda appeals for a caught behind against Cavaliers' batsman/wicketkeeper, Kwesi Sinclair.
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Although missing key players, Vincy Cricket Club easily defeated Vikings to remain unbeaten and on course for a finals match up with four-time defending champions Cavaliers in the Digicel Twenty/20 Cricket Tournament.
In the absence of all-rounder Maxford Pipe and strike bowler, Brent Defreitas, Vincy won the toss and sent Vikings to bat on a sunny day at the Greenland Recreation Ground last Sunday, July 14.
Vikings were immediately in trouble with the loss of key batsmen before settling on a final score of 185 for 5 from their allotted 20 overs.
Vishal Munesar was the only highlight of the Vikings' inning with a hard fought 63 runs that included 8 fours and 2 sixes. Captain Vaden Walker and Richard Fredericks each finished with 21.
Kenrick Leslie picked up 3 wickets for 27 runs from his maximum four overs for Vincy. Murray Ollivierre and Monty Buttler snatched two wickets each.
In reply, Vikings' pacer, Roy Bobb bowled Vincy's opening batsman Keelan Robin for duck and Vikings must have ben very confident with their start in the field.
However, a 164-run partnership between Austin McDowell and Leslie saw Vincy seize control of the game. McDowell smashed 13 fours and 7 sixes during his 115-run inning for Vincy, while Leslie played a supporting role for 52 not out with 8 fours.
Buttler struck 2 sixes and 2 fours in his 20-run battering of the Vikings bowling to see Vincy home with an eight wicket victory. It is the third time that Vincy has beaten Vikings in the tournament.
In the second game of the day, Virgin Gorda won the toss against four-time defending champions, Nagico Cavaliers.
Virgin Gorda struggled to get runs on the board with key players out of the line up, including the disruptive Derol Redhead. They lost wickets at key points before rain interrupted play for a short period.
Upon resumption of play following rain, Virgin Gorda continued their dismal batting performance and were eventually bowled out for 134. Eldon Williams made 39 in an inning that saw 4 fours and one six.
Shane Sinclair and Julian Sinclair picked two wickets each for 24 and 39 runs respectively.
In replay, Cavaliers inning took an interesting turn when their opener, Dorian Auguiste voluntarily walked on an appeal for caught behind when the umpire had signaled wide.
The tournament's leading batsman, Teddy Nankishore posted 54 runs with 7 sixes and 1 four while Vishal Bharrat was left not out on 51 runs in an inning that included 5 fours and 3 sixes to seal victory for Cavaliers by 8 wickets.
Vincy and Cavaliers are currently the leaders between the four remaining teams and are on course to play in the finals set for July 28. Vikings and Virgin Gorda will need to win their games this weekend to be in with a chance of playing in the finals.
July 21, 2013
10:00 A.M.: Viking V.S. Cavaliers
02:00 P.M.: Virgin Gorda V.S. Vincy
July 28, 2013
02:00 P.M.: Finals