Cayman Islands entertained a visiting Bahamas 20/20 side over a long weekend and team and individual performances were very encouraging.
Both sides are preparing for the Stanford 20/20 tournament in Antigua in January. Cayman’s team will be announced this week and judging by the overall standard, it’s going to be a tough task for the selectors, especially amongst the batsmen.
First match was between two Cayman teams, Esso and Cable & Wireless Schools at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Friday. Esso scored a respectable 126-6 in their 20 overs, as Kenchand Dindyal top scored with 36, Frankie Hinds getting 24 and Garfield Edwards 20. Saheed Mohamed took 2-8. Schools took no time to get off the mark with Pearson Best storming to 57 not out, Mohamed hitting 33 not out and Ainsley Hall getting 22 as they reached 127-2 in 16.5 overs to win by eight wickets.
In the second game, Cayman Money Express took on Bahamas. Opener Steve Gordon had celebrated his 40th birthday the day before and was determined to make this innings a memorable one. He certainly did, smacking a spectacular 71 that included five fours and one six. Fellow opener Ramon Sealy gave another remarkably mature performance for a 16-year-old to hit 23. Michael Wight fired a quick time 35 and Cayman reached 161-4. Bahamas never looked like overhauling that target and limped to 113-9.
In the first game on Saturday at the Smith Road Oval, Bahamas hit 134-7. Esso started well as all rounder Larry Cunningham amassed 66 not out. He also took 2-19. Hinds got 15. The huge crowd was entertained right to the end because Esso didn’t get the runs until the penultimate ball when Steve Coates smashed a four when one was needed. Esso won by four wickets. Coates also took 3-22.
Saturday’s second match was a wash out as rain stopped play with Cable & Wireless Schools set to beat Money Express’s 97-9. Sealy (23) and Gordon (21) were the only significant scorers. Alistair Ifill took 4-8 for Schools. Hall got 27 and Ricardo Roach 14 for Schools before the match was abandoned when they were on 82-3.