The Prison cricket team sets off for Jamaica this morning to compete in the annual Triangular Prison Officers tournament.
The Cayman Islands Prison Service takes on the Jamaica Correctional Service and the Bermuda Correctional Service at Prison Oval in Spanish Town, a few miles out Kingston.
Captained by brilliant allrounder Saheed Mohamed with the likes of Steve Gordon, Khemchand Dindyal, Dr Gerard Christian, Kevin Bazil and Troy David in the side, Prison are confident they can capture the title from defending champs Bermuda.
‘We’re leaving to bring back our silverware,’ said Mohamed. ‘Bermuda are a good side. Their best player is Charlie Marshall, but we’re a good team too. We used to hold this trophy and want it back.
‘We’re the Cayman club champions and in Khemchand we have the island’s leading run scorer and I top the batting averages with 77.5 runs. We also have Bazil with his spin bowling.
‘These annual matches are always competitive but they’re also a lot of fun. It’s a chance for people who work in the prison services to relax and relieve the stress.’
Cayman manager is Alton McDonald. ‘We are the Cayman champions and are going with a lot of confidence,’ he said. ‘We’re very enthusiastic and really looking forward to this tournament.
‘We are better prepared than last year and the fact that we have a few Jamaicans in our side helps because we understand how the Jamaicans play and what the conditions are like there.’
PRISON SQUAD: Saheed Mohamed (capt), Steve Gordon, Khemchand Dindyal, Leroy Evans, Daniel Greaves, Charlie Greaves, Oscar Owen, Roy Hayman, Troy David, Lawrence Cunningham, Clive Kelly, Robert Drysdale, Shajee Menon, Mark Purnwasy, Cohen Daley, Peter Daley, Alton McDonald (manager) Richard Barton (assistant manager)