The Village Greenies against the Cayman Islands Rugby Club annual charity cricket match was held recently at the Smith Road Oval.
This year the beneficiary of the game was the NCVO Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home with the game netting CI $1,700 in donations.
The NCVO’s aim is to create a ‘family type’ home and provide the essential ingredients that offer the children as normal a life as possible. More information can be found on the NCVO website www.ncvo.org.ky .
This eagerly anticipated clash played in times gone by was resurrected in 2005. The rugby club was captained by long time rugby stalwart, Matt Bishop.
Going into this year’s match, the Greenies lead the rugby club 2-1 with all games being closely contested. The format of the game was designed to optimise participation. Six pairs bat for four overs each. The loss of wickets results in deduction of five runs. Hence it was possible to have a negative total after four overs!
The Greenies won the toss by mutual consent and opted to bat. They got off to a good start with Ian Rotsey and Shannon Richard striking 30 runs for the first partnership.
However the rugby team struck back immediately with three outstanding run outs that ensured that the next partnership (Aitken and Masters) added just two runs to the score.
There after solid partnerships of 20 (O’Conner and Ware), 11 (Matty Glyde and Ware), 27 (Wetherell and Robinson) and 34 (Sellers and Rajaratnam) ensured the Greenies ended with a very competitive 142.
Simon Wetherell provided the highlight of the innings when he scored 20 runs off the last for balls. For the rugby club, Martin Livingston and James Alt took two wickets each. Tennis coach Warren Urquart instigated two outstanding run outs.
If the Greenies thought that the match was in the bag they were mistaken. Sensing that the Greenies bowling was not at its strongest, the rugby club went on the offensive.
A great opening partnership between Jonathan Doak and Pete De Vere of 26 was followed by a solid partnership of 19 by Alt and Dylan King.
The Greenies then fought back to restrict the next partnership of McDonald and Quinn to six runs. With the hard hitting Urquart joining Carey Tasker a big partnership of 21 ensured the match was finely poised.
The rugby club required a gettable 70 off 8 overs – considering the main batting pair of Bishop and Livingston was yet to come.
Up stepped David Bailey and Aloysius ‘Bluey’ Hannon to set a platform for the final onslaught. However this was not to be. The Greenies stuck at regular intervals leaving the partnership 17 runs worse off than when they started.
This was all too much for the final pair of Bishop and Livingston to catch up. The rugby club ending 39 short of their target. For the Greenies, Wetherell and Andrew Dean both accounted for three scalps.
Overall a very enjoyable day. Steve Smith, jerk chef extraordinaire, took the opportunity to prepare a scrumptious BBQ.
Greenies captain Richard Sawle-Thomas said: ‘Thanks to Jacques Scotts, Cayman Distributors and all the people who offered their time and money to support this worthy cause.’