Cayman’s 20/20 club cricket programme has been decimated by the weather recently but at least some matches were played over the weekend.
On Sunday Esso defeated Greenies by six wickets and in the second game at the Smith Road Oval, By Rite staged a late rally to beat Paramount by four wickets.
Greenies scored 125-9 with Rupert Bool top scoring with a splendid 40. A good team score for 20 overs but Greenies were under pressure immediately as the opening father and son partnership of Wayne and Darren Cato smashed the ball about. Wayne hit a six and a four in his brisk 17 and Darren top scored with 26. Sam Suberan also hit a handy 23 for Esso. Cato Jnr has only just turned 16 but he will be a strong candidate for the Cayman Stanford team that plays St Lucia in the tournament in Antigua in January.
Paramount scored 127-9 thanks mainly to a superb 38 by Dino McInnis. By Rite were able to reach that mark with 1.2 overs to spare thanks mainly to a magnificent 36 by Michael Wight who announced afterwards he is determined to be in the Cayman side despite not playing much this summer. That innings certainly have helped his cause. Brother Philip looked set for a big score too, hitting a massive six soon after going in, but he didn’t last long. Twin brothers David and Chris also turned out for By Rite, a side their dad formed years ago. Paramount only have themselves to blame because they dropped a number of catches, crucial mistakes in any form of cricket but fatal in the truncated form. Alan Plowright took 4-30 for Paramount.
Michael Wight, 42, said: ‘I was just trying to keep up with the run rate, partly because one of our main batsmen got out early. I was off island for the Stanford trials when the legends came but now I’m training with the club and hope to get in the side as a middle order batsman. I’m going to try my best and see what happens, then it’ll be up to the coach and skipper.’
Cayman’s technical director of cricket Theo Cuffy was pleased by the high scores. ‘Five hundred runs in total and lots of excitement. The crowds are really coming out for the 20/20 and every weekend we’re getting better and better. In earlier games we were getting only 300 runs from two games but now it’s a different mindset. When you’re playing a league match of 40 overs people bat a little slower, whereas in the 20 over game it seems to be more attacking. It’s fantastic to get 500 runs in two games.
‘Michael Wight has always been one of our better batsmen but you know, consistency is always an important factor. I was also very pleased to see Darren Cato perform so well for a youngster.’