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Royal Knights and Under the Tree draw first blood in 2020 T20 cricket competition

Scene from the June 2, 2029 match between the Royal Knights and Police

Defending Champions Royal Knights and newcomers Under the Tree 1st XI, started off the 2020 Ralph T O’Neal T20 Cricket competition on a winning note with high scoring fixtures on the opening weekend.

Playing in the second match of the double header at Greenland Recreational Ground, Royal Knights defeated Cavaliers Cricket Club by 21 runs after being sent into bat.

Top scoring for the Knights with the first century of the tournament was Keon DeJesus, who scored a blistering 113 runs from only 40 deliveries, including 8 fours and 12 sixes.

His innings was the only positive for the Knights as they set a total of 229 runs all-out from their 20 overs.

In the Cavaliers bowling department, Avishkar Sewkarran was the leading wicket-taker, ending with figures of three wickets for 29 runs from his three overs.

In reply, chasing 230 runs for victory, Cavaliers fell short managing only 208 runs for nine wickets from their 20 overs.

Royston Duggin was the leading scorer for Cavaliers, ending with an unbeaten knock of 56 runs from 24 deliveries.

For the Knights in the bowling department, DeJesus completed an excellent all-round performance to earn the player of the match award, ending with figures of three wickets for 35 runs from his four overs.

Second Match

Meanwhile, in the earlier fixture, Under the Tree defeated Police to win by six wickets.

Police was sent into bat after losing the toss, and posted 209 runs for the fall of eight wickets from their allocated 20 overs.

Top scoring for Police was the duo of captain Kevin Joseph and opener Selwyn Rock, who tallied 62 and 51 runs, respectively.

 In the bowling department for Under the Tree, Ortis James led with three wickets for 30 runs from his three overs.

In reply, chasing 210 for victory, Under the Tree edged Police with only one ball remaining, to win by six wickets.

Player-of-the match Rohan Blake led the batting for the newcomers, scoring 68 runs from 44 deliveries, including 3 fours and 3 sixes, while captain Drumor Toney contributed an unbeaten 44.

Matches are expected to continue on Sunday February 16, on the Greenland Recreational Grounds at 9 am and 1:30 pm, respectively.

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