Chillies so fired up

The Cayman Islands can proudly claim to be one of the most diverse islands in the Caribbean.

Over 140 nations are represented here and local cricket reflects that.

Hence two Asian teams playing each other in a Division Two 40-over league game at the Smith Road Oval on Saturday.

It was between the aptly named Chillies and Lions. Chillies won comfortably by 96 runs thanks to a powerful century by Leninkumar Perumalsamy and 38 scored by Subburaj Rajamani.

Chillies hit 236-9 in their allotted overs and the Lions replied with a wimper, scoring only 140 after 23 overs. Umpires were Courtney Young and Lamarr Robinson.

‘Being from India, Chillies are all cricket lovers who have an utmost passion towards the game,’ said player Martin Nathan.

‘Each team member has played local street cricket back home in India in thier childhood and teenage years.

‘Here in Cayman few of us started playing in the parking lot under lights and slowly the team started to build from four to a full squad of 14.

‘Then we started playing casual games on weekends at the cricket grounds. A couple of professional cricketers joined our team and then we decided to join the league and call ourselves Chillies since most of the players are hoteliers and also chillies are most common in Indian food.’

Nathan added: ‘We are always thankful for the contributions from Progressive Distributors Limited and Treats Restaurant and we are still looking for sponsors.

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