The introduction of youth cricket in Cayman is one of many positive factors from the injection of millions from Sir Allen Stanford.
Cayman Islands has received funds from the billionaire cricket fan to boost its infrastructure here and the interest the recently concluded tournament has generated amongst youngsters, made it possible.
One match in the inaugural Cayman Islands Cricket Association Under-17 competition provided plenty of drama.
It was between Cayman Prep and Wahoo at the Smith Road Oval. Chasing 140 runs to win in 15 overs and requiring nine runs to win from the last over, Wahoo’s Ralston Thorpe (50 not out) and Avion Hyatt (2 not out) scampered an all run four runs – inclusive of two overthrows – as Prep wilted under the pressure. This reduced the requirement to one run from the last ball delivered by Brett Mobley. The batsman missed the ball, the ball went through the keeper and off his pads, the gully fielder fumbled and through all this the batsmen hastily completed the winning run, much to the delight of their ecstatic teammates and supporters.
Cayman Prep batted first and got off to a flying start thanks mainly to Cameron Stafford who struck four fours in a quickfire knock of 26. He was ably assisted by opening partner Justin Wight whose 16 came from four fours. When Wight departed, Ryan McConvey entered to continue the heavy scoring, he struck three sixes and three fours in top scoring with 35. With the loss of both McConvey and Seymour in quick succession, Wahoo, thanks mainly to excellent bowling by Dorado Thompson who was Wahoo’s most economical bowler with two wickets for 11 runs, were able to slow down the run rate and eventually prevented Prep from scoring an insurmountable total. Prep’s final total was 140 runs for the loss of five wickets.
Wahoo’s innings also got off to a hectic start. Corey Cato (32) and Thorpe put on 50 in five overs for the first wicket before Liam Davies interrupted their flow with three wickets in the sixth over. Captain Thompson (28) steadied the ship with Thorpe and took the score to 103 before Thompson was run out.
Michael Edwards and Thorpe then added 17 runs before Cameron Seymour comprehensively bowled Edwards leaving Wahoo precariously placed at 120 for 5. Hyatt then joined Thorpe who batted with a steady head and immense maturity through the entire innings, striking three fours and two sixes. Not once did Thorpe appear to be flustered by the developing situation and applied a calm temperament throughout. It was no surprise then, that with nine runs required from the last over, he skillfully guided Wahoo home to victory. Thorpe was man of the match.
Earlier in the week, St Ignatius played Dolphin at Smith Road. St Ignatius only managed 54 runs from 14.3 overs. Dolphin’s Andre Douglas took five wickets in a fantastic spell of bowling in which he also took a hat-trick and ensured that the St Ignatius innings never gathered any momentum. Dolphin replied with 55 for 5. Payten Wight took three wickets for 14 runs, but his efforts were not enough to prevent a Dolphin victory. Shane Cato top scored with 21 not out. Andre Douglas was man of the match.