PRESS RELEASE – As the FLOW SUPERFAST LTE 2020 Tournament concluded the regular season games on Sunday, April 2, 2017 the Vincy, yet again, ensured an 11th hour reprieve to their Premier League status with an 8 run victory over Grenada.
In 2016, the Vincy did just enough to avoid the dreaded drop to Division One, when despite losing to the Cavaliers, they managed to finish ahead of the Vikings, on Net Run Rate.
In 2017, they went one better and defeated Grenada C.C. by 8 runs, to avoid relegation and send their opponents down.
Steve Liburd and Ferris Pope were the architects of the victory as they compiled a 179-run partnership for the second wicket to ensure the Vincy posted a very defendable 229-8 from their 20 overs.
Pope fell first for 84 (12 fours and 5 sixes), whilst Man of the Match, Liburd reached 101 (13 fours and 6 sixes).
The fact that no other batsman reached double figures shows the importance of their staying at the crease.
Trent Belfon ripped through the rest of the batting and finished with 6- 26.
In reply, Grenada got off to the worse possible start as Neil Niles (3-66) and Earl Prescott (2-40) quickly reduced them to 80 -5.
Staring both defeat and relegation in the face, Derol Redhead showed tremendous guts and determination, battling his way to an undefeated 96 (5 fours and 11 sixes), but even his herculean efforts, in partnership with Jamal Innis (40), fell just short as the chase ended on 222-6, 8 runs short of victory.
In Division One, Emerald Prince guided Under the Tree to a third spot finish with a crushing 9 wicket win over the Island Stars.
Prince rattled up an unbeaten 52 as his team chased down the 102 target inside the first 10 overs.
This coming Sunday, April 9th, the Cavaliers will face RTW in the first qualifier at 2.30pm.
The winner will go straight into the Final, whilst the loser will await the winner of the game between Vincy and Royal Knights, scheduled for April 16th, also at 2.30pm.