Sealy blasts Schools to Cup glory

Cayman’s top teenage batsman Ramon Sealy was in sizzling form again over the weekend, smacking an unbeaten 85 in another superb display.

The 16-year-old slugger gave a magnificent display confirming that he has enough talent to go pro now if he chooses to.

That knock earned Sealy’s Cable & Wireless Schools side the Money Express Division Two title against Greenies Too at the Smith Road Oval on Sunday. It was literally boys v men as the nucleus of the Schools side are teenagers.

Greenies were all out for 169 with Hugh Thompson (46) and Gordon Rajamohan (41) getting the bulk of runs. Schools skipper Ricardo Roach took 5-30 in the best display of bowling and Kervin Ebanks took three catches.

Opener Sealy set about the Greenies attack with gusto, admirably partnered by 15-year-old Darren Cato who hit 24. Then Schools had a wobbly bit when the match was in the balance, before Sealy steadied the side with his no-frills shot selection and sensible running between wickets. They overhauled Greenies’ score with five overs remaining having lost six wickets with fast bowler Ebanks give a solid display as a tail ender.

Dave McGrath and Rajamohan both bowled well but only had two wickets apiece to show for their efforts. Umpires were Courtney Young and Hubert Smythe.

A beaming Sealy said: ‘I feel good because we won the Division Two final. We did our part in the field and we kind of did it with the bat. We weren’t really worried about their score because we knew we had a strong batting line up. I wasn’t really threatened by that score but in the end it was kind of close. It was getting tense towards the end. Kervin had to come in and make a score (he hit eight). This was a good knock for me and it was probably my second best of the season because I scored a century recently.’

Sealy is looking forward to the rest of the season. ‘I’m supposed to be part of a 20/20 international squad in a tournament to be played here between two Caymanian teams and maybe another team.’

Theo Cuffy is technical director of Cayman cricket and is also coach and occasional player for Schools. He said: ‘Sealy is really playing very well. We’ve seen his ability for a long time and he has matured even more over the last year. At his age he will be making a couple of mistakes that he’s working on but I think he has so many good attributes that when he makes a mistake it is very noticeable.

‘It was an excellent game. I never expected Greenies to make so many runs. They batted very well to get to 169. We had a little tricky period in the middle when we lost two or three wickets but Ramon held strong.

‘I’m very proud of them because it means that boys at this age are now beginning to realise their potential at an earlier age. The group before only started looking the part when they were 20, 21. This group is looking the part at 14, 15, 16 which means we’re developing as a nation in cricket.’

Cuffy is really pleased with the input from schools coaches Andy Myles and Benjamin Maynard who have been working with the youngsters for years.