Cayman set for bigger test

Cayman Islands had mixed results, winning two matches and losing three but maintained their fourth place position in the recently concluded ICC Americas Championships held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

It was truly a tough task for the inductees at this level. The tournament afforded an opportunity to the national selectors to observe the younger players at a higher level before the team is selected to travel to Argentina for the ICC World Cricket League Division 3.

Good performances were recorded by captain Pearson Best, Steve Gordon and Ramón Sealy in batting, while in bowling Michael Wight Man of the Match against Suriname, Kevin Bazil, Kevon Bazil and Alessandro Morris had good results, but it was Kervin Ebanks, only 19, who was the most outstanding.

Playing in his first tournament at this level, Ebanks displayed a well organised approach being the most economical bowler for the Cayman Islands.

The team resumes training tomorrow in preparation for next month’s challenge in the ICC World Cricket League Division 3.

Technical director Theo Cuffy, said: ‘We honestly believed in ourselves against Argentina and it was an emphatic victory.

‘We produced some excellent bowling and fielding but stuttered a bit with the batting. But thanks to Pearson who scored a century and Steve who got a half-century we pulled through.

‘We redeemed ourselves after losing to Argentina in Australia. After that we sat down and worked out where we went wrong and how we could improve.

‘This trip was a great experience for the many youngsters against players who are basically pro units, like Canada and Bermuda. USA had a fantastic team.

‘A lot of positives came out of this. I was especially pleased with Kervin Ebanks’ bowling and the Bazil twins, Kevin and Kevon played well. Michael Wight bowled superbly as did Alessandro Morris. We had good signs from Ramon Sealy. Now we need to get things gelling for next month and can only get better.

‘We’re going to Argentina for glory and there will be some changes. A couple of players who didn’t make the trip because of visa problems or not being able to get time off work will be selected.’