The cricket fraternity came out in force to honour Jimmy Powell, Godfather of Cayman cricket.
The veteran cricketer is not only one of Cayman’s greatest players, he was also president for years and even underwrote shortages in the funding to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars from his personal income.
Kurt Tibbetts, Joel Francis and Alden McLaughlin turned out for the opening ceremony in West Bay and all three joined in the match.
Tibbetts was umpire for a while and showed no bias even to UDP-voting players.
‘This was a very joyful and great day and I hope everyone here enjoyed the day as much as I did,’ said an emotional Powell.
‘I’ve been waiting for a long time to see a cricket stadium in Cayman and it feels good to have my name on it. I hope to see some great matches in the future.’
The day started with a women’s match, followed by a Jimmy Powell’s XI taking on All the President’s Men. Marvin ‘Twix’ Brooks captained the Powell team and Courtney Miles, president of the cricket association, captained the other side.
The game was easily won by the Powell team with Jimmy bowling the last over. No one was allowed to bat for more than four overs. Joel Francis looked as if he could have batted until the next morning had he been allowed.
Women joined in the game and there was plenty of music, food and drink to make the whole experience wonderful. There was even a sprint race which Courtney Myles won.
Powell was given a salute at the end.