Hall lashes out to topple BVI again

Oozing with confidence, Cable & Wireless Cayman proved that crushing visitors British Virgin Islands on Saturday was no fluke with a similar lop-sided victory the next day.

BVI made 125-7 in the 20/20 game at the Smith Road Oval with an excellent knock of 59 by Stanley John. Cayman’s wickets were dispersed amongst all their bowlers.

When Cayman batted, Ainsley Hall and Steve Gordon were in superb form again, scoring 60 not out and 44 respectively. Saheed Mohammed was the only other Caymanian to bat in the nine wicket victory. Cayman beat the visitors by 10 wickets the previous day so must draw confidence from these performances as BVI play Dominica at Stanford 20/20 the day after Cayman face St Lucia, on 26 January, in the tournament opener in Antigua.

The winners get $1 million and Cayman must be planning some special purchases with that kind of prize money.

Okay, BVI are not world beaters, but they did not want their confidence crushed. At least they’ll have their two best players back in time for Stanford who were on duty for the Leeward Islands in the regional tournament.

Technical director Theo Cuffy was pleased with the results. ‘I’m very confident,’ he said. ‘We seem to be gelling well. We have a new captain in Pearson Best, who has new ideas. We’re going to continue our training and work out the players’ different roles in the team.

‘We’ve got some tapes of St Lucia in their last tournament and we’re going to see what will be the best way to approach them. We have a fairly balanced attack so we can switch from fast bowling to spin with the twitch of a finger. I’m very optimistic, more confident than last time, but then it’s only a 20 over game. It’s like a sprint, if you stumble anywhere you’ve lost.’

Cayman play a practice match on Sunday and are in the nets every night this week.

Cuffy has a couple of tips for BVI. ‘They need to be a bit more patient. They need to play the game a little straighter. They go across the line a little too quickly. Despite the losses, they were a happy bunch. They understand now that we are much better than them.’

In the first match, Money Express made 165 with a good knock from youngster Darren Cato. The 16-year-old made 42 and the other runs were amassed by a raft of players. They restricted Esso to 87. An entertaining local game.