Cayman cricket improvements

The construction of the new government high school in West Bay is bringing improvements to the Jimmy Powell Cricket Oval.

The school is being built on grounds adjacent to the oval, which will become a feature of the new school.

In a statement to the Finance Committee last week, Minister of Education Training Youth Sport and Culture Alden McLaughlin said the improvements will hopefully provide a suitable stop-gap until a site for a national cricket oval can be sourced.

‘I want there to be a place to play cricket in Grand Cayman that we can be proud of,’ said the Minster.

While by no means meeting the standards of a national cricket stadium, the improvements will still provide shelter and some facilities for cricket enthusiasts that do not currently exist.

The redevelopment will include a new clubhouse, a refurbished outfield, proper fencing around the perimeter, covered stands for 1000 spectators, restrooms and concessions.

‘I believe cricket hasn’t moved forward significantly in the Cayman Islands because there is no place to sit and watch comfortably for five hours, and we will be trying to get this done over the course of the year,’ said the Minister.

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