Veteran batsmen Philip and Michael Wight found their old form to lead By Rite to a comfortable eight wicket victory against Prison.
The 20/20 match at the Smith Road Oval on Sunday was poorly attended for once, presumably because of the overcast, breezy weather and it being a holiday weekend.
Nevertheless, the entertainment was just as good as usual with fine displays coming from both sides. Prison batted steadily and racked up a respectable 125-7 with Larry Cunningham top scoring with 27. By Rite’s Steadman Gray took 3-26.
By Rite skipper Ainsley Hall and Philip Wight opened well, spraying shots around. Hall hit 20 before Philip had a solid partnership with brother Michael until he went for 37. Michael had an excellent knock last week and he showed his class again to reach the tally with Keneil Irving who scored 22. Michael hit 32 as By Rite reached 126-2 with a couple of overs to spare.
Umpires were Selvin Rose and Livingstone Bailey.
Hall said: ‘We’ve been training hard for the last few months and we came out this afternoon and displayed what we’ve been doing. I think Prison got too much because we dropped too many catches and some misfielding. So we’re going back to the drawing board and cover for all those mistakes.
‘All of us scoring runs just shows that we’re training hard. Every Monday and Wednesday. We’re really trying to win this 20/20 tournament. We’ve got to make up for our league season when we didn’t play particularly well.’
Wicket-keeper Hall is keen to play in the Stanford 20/20 tournament in Antigua in January. He was in the Cayman side last year in the inaugural tournament.
‘I’m training particularly hard to come out and play some decent cricket so that Cayman can do well.’
This season teenage sensation Ramon Sealy has emerged as a potential wicket-keeper/batsman. Hall, 35, is not worried. ‘I’m still the No.l keeper in Cayman. Although I’m not keeping a lot lately, by the time we reach the tournament, I’ll be there.
‘Next weekend we’ve got the two legends – Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose – coming over and I’m looking forward to working with them, to show us some basic cricket, what we’re doing wrong so that we can go to the tournament and execute well.’
Amazingly, Philip Wight is not interested in going to Antigua. ‘It’s not my style of cricket,’ he said. Brother Michael wants to make the trip though.