Cayman’s best crickets are biting their nails in anticipation of the announcement of the Stanford 20/20 team. Final games were played on Sunday and some players hoped their final weekend’s displays will jolt the selectors memories.
Cayman were hosts to the Bahamas over the weekend in preparation for their 20/20 games in Antigua in January and results show that it was the visitors who need to improve dramatically. Fast bowler Gary Tulloch had a fine weekend with his fiery pace and looks like a certainty.
Three Cayman select sides faced the visitors from Friday to Sunday and they were all victorious against a Bahamas side that if it is still experimenting is leaving it very late to crystalise.
They play Jamaica in their opening match and on this performance will get smashed to bits by the current KFC champions that boasts the most formidable batting line up in Caribbean cricket.
In the first game at the Smith Road Oval on Sunday, Esso racked up 146-7 against Money Express with Kenchand Dindyal scoring a stylish 55 and Alexandro Morris 33. Money Express were always chasing the score and could only manage 139 all out to give Esso victory by three wickets. Deno McInniss hit 57 for Money Express and there were worthy contributions from Steve Gordon (27) and Ramon Sealy (26). Dave Cumberbatch took 2-9 in four overs.
In the final match, Bahamas struggled again and made 102 all out in 17.5 overs. Cable & Wireless Schools got their tally with an over to spare. Ainsley Hall hit 54 not out, with Kevin Bazil (15) and Alastair Ifill (10) having good knocks.
Dindyal is in cracking form. He got man of the match in the fourth game and player of the team for Esso. He also plays for Prison. Work commitments have hampered his season but he had a superb weekend and wants the selectors know he is available despite stating earlier in the season he didn’t want to go. ‘Ah, it’s promising and all coming back together. I think my chances for selection in the Stanford tournament are great. In my opinion, I’m one of the better keepers on the island and can bat too. Ramon Sealy and Ainsley Hall are two great guys and the ultimate decision on who goes lies with the selectors.
‘My form now is coming to grips. Prison has had a lot of ups and downs but the latter part of it is panning out to be a better season.’
Cayman Islands cricket technical director is Theo Cuffy. He thoroughly enjoyed the weekend’s games. ‘What made it so special was the co-operation we had all round. Volunteers and people from Northwood Prison Authorities. Their committee was tremendous in assistance and organizing the whole venture. Our tournament coordinator Merta Day, she is brilliant. She’s why it turned out to be a tremendous success. Also, the cricket was outstanding. ‘Having six matches played on our two grounds, we had a little bit of rain, but we had the cooperation and were able to bring the covers out and allow the games to go on. I’m really pleased and honestly believe as the technical director that a lot of positive things are happening and want to give thanks to everyone for making this venture a success. More than anything, I want to thank the Bahamas Cricket Association for coming. They also used this as an opportunity to try out one or two players. They didn’t win any games but you could see the improvement from day to day. They have a lot of work to do to beat Jamaica.
‘This weekend’s cricket definitely put up some new hands and we will have to look at it as a committee. I have my own views as to who should go but we operate as a unit. We’ll sit down collectively and get this thing going. I think one or two positions might have been possibly changed from the thoughts before.
‘I’m concerned because Ainsley Hall is subject to the government’s policy of rollover so I don’t know if he’ll be here still. So we are awaiting here to see what’s going on. He’s one of our better players and his form over the weekend confirmed that. We’re going to move on. It’s not going to be the end of the world if he’s not here. We have a number of young people who we’d like to bring in. I thought the weekend was great. What it has proved to me is that all of our programmes are working and more and more cricketers are pushing their hands up.’