The Royal Cayman Islands Police Cricket Club went to London and had a successful tour there last month, winning all four matches.
Cayman were based at Kings College London and took the scenic trip to the match ground at Imber Court Surrey, in the suburbs, the recreational home of the Metropolitan Police. Imber Court boasts football fields, swimming pools and two excellent cricket pitches. In fact, ICC warm-up World Cup matches were played there earlier this year.
Winning the toss, Cayman made the wise decision to field first putting Metropolitan in to bat because the pitch was previously subjected to the heavy rains plaguing London.
Metropolitan amassed a total of 221 all out with Porter scoring 100 and Davenport contributing 65. Cayman teenager Marlon Bryan bowled with accuracy to get 4-23 runs in 9 overs. Cayman knocked off the runs with three wickets to spare. Darren Cato, only 15, stroked 70 not out. This was an innings of maturity well beyond his tender age while the experienced Pearson Best played a patient knock of 41. Zack McLaughlin, 17, contributed 17 before he was out caught by the keeper off a beautiful out-swinger. Stephen Best scored the winning runs by stroking the final ball through slips for four.
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Cayman won the toss and put the opposition in to bat on a soft rain affected pitch and they were bowled out for a low total of 97. Alessandro Morris led the pack as he followed up from the excellent opening spell by Bryan and Ryan Bovell to take three wickets for only six runs off four overs. Cayman knocked off the runs with five wickets to spare with all round contributions.
The third match came in the form of a 20/20 and placed Cayman against what would turn out to be their most formidable opponent as many of the players turning out for Old Rutlishians play at a high standard with one even being the first XI captain for Spencer Cricket Club, a feeder club for the Surrey County teams.
Old Rutlishians won the toss and elected to bat hoping to take advantage of the warmer weather, but found that it was too hot! With lightning fast bowling from Bryan he managed 3-25 and a contract offer from two different clubs! Fine contributions were added by Bovell, Alessandro Morris and Alistair Iffill as the bowlers helped contain a strong batting line up to 139. Once again Cayman Police were up to the challenge with a strong start from national U-19 captain Ramon Sealy. Ifill provided a quick fire 28 and the innings was brought home with a 42 not out from Abali Hoilett and 29 not out from Pearson Best.
The fourth match was again at Imber Court Cricket Club, but this time it was against the host club. Cayman batted first and it turned out to be the right decision. Morris set the pace with a blistering 53 before succumbing to over confidence. Once again Cato accepted responsibility and top-scored with a fine innings of 57. Mid-20 contributions came from the ever reliable Ifill and Bovell to reach 237 for 9.
Bryan enjoyed bowling his quickest spell of the tour on his way to 4-25 from six overs while being supported by Ifill who managed to get two well deserved wickets. This final game was a welcome back match for Kevon Bazil as he returned to form and took four wickets bowling the home team out for a meagre 78.
Though the tour was rain affected the Royal Cayman Islands Police displayed why they were Division 1 Champions this season and are in the Money Express Knockout Final at Smith Road Oval against Prison on Sunday. Bryan and Cato earned jointly players of the tour honours. Police team member Abali Hoilett said: ‘On behalf of the club I wish to thank all our sponsors for making the trip possible; RBC Capital Markets, Samson & McGrath/Stephen Hoilett, the Ministry of Youth & Sports.’