Rising Stars easily flog VI Combined Renegades by 10 wickets

Grenada bowler Gary Prince was Man of the Match with 2-for-38 after scoring 59, but they lost to the Royal Knights by four wickets.

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway.

Rising Stars’ openers Roshan Hushman had a not out century off 52 balls in 66 minutes, and Timothy Sookran 44 not out, as they chased down VI Combined Renegades’ 163 in 12.2 overs with 166, for a 10 wickets victory in Sunday’s BVI Cricket Association T20 tournament in Greenland.

Hushman was Man of the Match for his 100, which included 17 fours and four sixes.

Despite seven of its batsmen scoring in double figures, VI Combined Renegades’ Chabilall Itwaru and Captain Alvin Africa, could only muster 26 and 23 respectively, for the top scores.

Rising Stars’ Henchandra Narain bagged 3 wickets for 38 and Surij Jaimangal, 2 for 10.

In the other game, a patient Grenada Captain Gary Prince had a knock of 59, then bagged 2 for 23 to earn Man of the Match laurels, but it wasn’t enough as Royal Knights won the game by four wickets. Grenada was 151 for 7 in their 20 overs while Royal Knights who were led by Wicket Keeper Richard Francis’ 31 and Wayne Richards’ 29, were 152 for 6 in 15 overs.

“We had a pretty decent game—not our best game—as we had a couple misfields, a couple early wickets, so it wasn’t our best game,” Royal Knights Vice Captain Amory Hinds said. “It wasn’t a big target. We chased bigger and we scored higher, but I guess it was scoreboard pressure. We saw a small total and just thought that it was an easy game. We underestimated the team we were playing because of the small total, so the results weren’t as we expected it to be.”

Prince told Island Sun Sports that it was a good encounter, they had enough runs on the board, but they didn’t have the backing of the bowlers to put up a better fight.

“We had a lot of runs, 150 after starting at 15 for 3, and came to score 152, it was a good total to defend,” he said. “But then with the bowlers, we let ourselves down. We don’t have the backup bowlers to assist. We had a good start in the early part of the game, but the backups weren’t there to bring the game forward. We’re still struggling to get players—we only had nine—in both our games we’ve been short (of players) so it’s tough. This game however, was different to our first game. We’re putting runs on the board, now it’s for the bowling to come and back ourselves to get those wickets out. We had six. We could have had eight in this game for sure.”