The Clico Cayman 20/20 tournament was another whirlwind of excitement over the weekend with two youngsters shining on Saturday.
West Bay made the trip to Smith Road Oval to take on JJ Construction. West Bay were 153 all out in their allotted overs with top scores coming from Ugal Sicard, 25, and Steadman ‘Teddy’ Esprit, 20. JJ never got close despite the impressive hitting of Keiniel Coley who scored 53 and Devon Williams, 38.
JJ struggled to 117-7 after 20 overs, with West Bay captain Omar Willis taking four wickets, including three in one over. West Bay won by 36 runs.
Coley hit three sixes and two fours. He was also in fine form the previous week. ‘It’s a great honour to be man of the match two weeks running,’ he said. ‘I scored 64 last week and took five wickets for 12 runs.’
The 22-year-old Jamaican hopes to get into the Cayman professional team. ‘My intention has been to get in the pro team for a long time, still. But I’m only playing Division Two for JJ. I’ve been playing 20/20 for a year and a half and it’s a very interesting format.’
When the Stanford 20/20 tournament in Antigua concludes in a couple of weeks, more countries will recruit their full-time pro teams. There are currently four; Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla, Nevis and St Lucia. Cayman will be amongst the next batch to go pro by the summer.
Team DTA scored 166-5 in their Group 2 game against Cayman Brac who were bowled out for 116. DTA won by 50 runs.
Perchell Buchanan top scored for DTA with 33, batting No.5. The 17-year-old would eventually like to be a pro too but first wants to complete his studies at UCCI where he’s doing a certificate course in electrical technology and then he’ll assess his career opportunities. Another Jamaican, he arrived here three years ago.
‘Right now I’m just looking at my options, still,’ he said. ‘Eventually, if it comes up, a reasonable offer to go pro, I will gladly take that offer.
‘The Stanford support is great. He’s doing a great thing to endorse cricket. Most people love the 20/20 format best because it’s the most exciting part of the game.’
Technical director Theo Cuffy said: ‘Perchell might be in the third group of people we will consider to be in the pro team. He’s young, enthusiastic and capable of making a few runs.
‘Keiniel is still playing in Division Two and for you to be considered we have to test you at the highest level. He may be only 22 but he has to think of his residency on the island and then we need to put everything into perspective. He needs to play Division One with one of the better teams then we’ll know more about him.’