Cayman out to grab $1M

Going after Stanford prize in Antigua

Cricket lovers around the Caribbean will be glued to radios, TVs and the internet tomorrow evening for the start of the Stanford 20/20 tournament in Antigua.

National team

Caymans national team. Front row, from left, are Kenute Tulloch, Pearson Best (captain), Steve Gordon (vice-captain) and Michael Wight, Stephen Best (manager). Middle Row are Theo Cuffy (coach), Alistair Ifill, Ainsley Hall, Keneil Irving, Saheed Mohamed Back Row: Kevin Bazil, Ramon Sealy, Ryan Bovell, Conroy Wright and Marlon Bryan

It will have special interest for Caymanians because the Cayman Islands national team – sponsored by Cable & Wireless – features in the first game against St Lucia’s Pro Team.

Although very little is known of the Lucians, Cayman is in a buoyant mood and determined to earn respect.

The tournament at the Stanford Cricket Ground runs until 24 February when the champions will take home a cheque for $1 million.

Guyana beat Trinidad & Tobago in the inaugural tournament in August 2006. (When Cayman brings home that dosh it will have zillions of new best friends, including this writer.)

Cayman captain Pearson Best said, ‘We are very well prepared, much better than the last time we played in the first Stanford tournament and this team is far more balanced. We feel confident we can beat St Lucia.’

After Cayman-St Lucia, the following week’s games are British Virgin Islands vs. Dominica on Sunday, Montserrat vs. Turks & Caicos on Tuesday (29 January) and St Kitts vs. United States Virgin Islands on Wednesday (30 January).

Coach Theo Cuffy said, ‘We don’t know anything about St Lucia. There wasn’t any way we could get any information. The only thing we could do was review the two matches they played in the last Stanford. The only player we know about is Darren Sammy and he’s with the West Indies team in South Africa. The rest of the team we haven’t got any idea at all and they’re in the same position as me about my players.

‘Saheed Mohamed, Pearson Best and Kenute Tulloch were outstanding in our first game against Bahamas at the last Stanford. People will already have that information. Sammy was outstanding for St Lucia in the first game they played. Their next game, they lost. We know they have a left-arm orthodox bowler but don’t even know if he’s on the team. We are preparing ourselves for any eventualities and will take it as it comes.’

Cayman’s final preparatory match against Greenies was washed out on Sunday but they were practising like crazy throughout the week until leaving for St John’s yesterday. ‘I have no reports of any injuries so my 13 look OK,’ Cuffy added.