New Horizons school cricket team has capped a remarkable turnaroundfrom zeroes to heroes.
The final of the Cayman Islands Cricket Association’s Under 15 competition was played last Thursday at the Smith Road Oval.
New Horizons High School extended their unbeaten run with a keenly contested victory over Triple C.
New Horizons finished the competition with eight convincing wins from eight matches played and were deservedly crowned the 2008 champion.
In bright sunshine, New Horizons batted first and were off to a good start, bringing up their first 50 runs from seven overs. However, Santangelo Bush returned for his second spell in the eleventh over to cause New Horizons a few headaches.
Bush promptly removed openers Kashwayne McKenzie (24 runs) and Timothy Greene (25 runs) in his third over.
When Jordan McLaughlin had the tournament’s leading run scorer and MVP Matthew Suberan caught for only four runs in his next over, Triple C sensed that they had a chance to cheaply dismiss the team.
New Horizons had four totals in excess of 200 runs during the tournament. David Connolly (16 runs) and Theo Edmond (11 runs) steadied the New Horizons ship and their eventual score of 116 for 6 was one that the bowlers would have backed themselves to defend.
Triple C started quite slowly. By the end of the first ten overs they had failed to negotiate accurate New Horizons opening bowlers Christopher Calloo and Timothy Greene. The two combined to limit Triple C to 36 for four wickets.
On resumption, Matthew Suberan took over the show. He proceeded to capture four wickets for 10 runs, eventually causing Triple C to require 28 runs from their last over.
It was too daunting a task for Triple C. Their last three batsmen would perish in the final over. By that time, the New Horizons supporters were already celebrating.
New Horizons coach Nicholas McIntosh teaches information technology. Is he the best cricket coach at the school? ‘You could call it that if you want but I wouldn’t bank on it,’ he said.
In typical sporting celebration, he got drenched by boisterous members of the team.
‘I was expecting it but somehow I forgot to pick up my other clothes from my bed.’
McIntosh has done an amazing job. ‘Last year we won only one match but we were unbeaten this season. In the final this time everybody came expecting a victory and we did, thanks be to God.
‘Matthew Suberan is one of the best players on the team and he will be there next year to help out the team and we will be looking for a next victory.
‘All my players are good. Everyone participated in some aspect of the game, bowling, fielding, batting… I won’t call out any names specifically because it will create a problem.’
Suberan, 13, comes from strong cricketing stock. Dad Samuel and uncle Sylvester are two of Cayman’s best players. He has a very bright future.
At the end of the competition many awards were given out. Among them were for:
Most runs – Matthew Suberan of New Horizons with 319.
Most wickets – David Connolly and Christopher Calloo of New Horizons with 20 each.
Making a century – Alex Fraser of Cayman Prep with a score of 100 not out against Leading Edge.