UCCI newcomers aim to be top class

Cricket has spread its popularity to the hallowed halls of the University College of the Cayman Islands.

The team is not full of geeky, bookish types either. The fact that many students already play for top teams helps.

That’s why lecturer Perry George is sure that they’ll do well when the league starts next month.

‘UCCI felt the need to get the students to get more involved in the local sporting arena,’ he said. ‘And we feel this is a good opportunity for students to build leadership skills and to do something in addition to the academic studies and also to make UCCI more part of the community. So we hope, perhaps this can be extended to other sports in the future.

‘We’ve got some fine young players, including Ramon Sealy, Zach McLaughlin, Corey Cato and Ricardo Roach. We have also a number of faculty members, including Clyde Stuart, Ron Davis and Cyril Gairy who is a past manager of the national team.’

Sealy and Roach have already represented Cayman at national senior level. Sealy, 16, will be playing in the Stanford 20/20 tournament in Antigua this weekend. Cato and McLaughlin are two national youth regulars who may burst into the senior side this year.

George is the chair of the computer science department and was a useful cricketer in Dominica in his youth. He still plays occasionally and will be turning out for UCCI in the Second Division.

‘Many of the better youngsters will also be playing for Division One sides so we will have that added strength. Our president Dr Hassan Syed might play occasionally.

‘We also have a number of senior players from KPMG who will not only work with the youngsters not only as cricketing colleagues but also as mentors.’