Powerhouses Barbados and Guyana will square up in cricket’s CLICO Cayman Challenge Trophy final this weekend.
Barbados and Guyana won their respective 20/20 semi-final matches against World Stars and Jamaica at the Smith Road Oval on Sunday.
In the first match the experience of the Barbadians was too much for the World Stars who were missing the in-form batsman Jalon Linton.
Batting first Barbados struggled against a tight World Stars bowling attack and were limited to a small score of 135 for 3 wickets.
Barbados batsmen Ryan Bovell 40, Ramon Sealy 34 and Pearson Best 34 were the main contributors.
Dave Cumberbatch’s magical figures of 5 for 24 restricted the World Stars to 119 with only Victor Campbell making his return to domestic cricket after two seasons getting 25 runs. Barbados won by 16 runs.
The feature match saw Jamaica off to a flying start scoring 76 runs in the first 10 overs. Guyana slowly worked their way back with outstanding bowling from Kevin Bazil, Alistair Ifill and Captain Saheed Mohamed.
The bowling strength of Jamaica was evident as having only scored 128 runs Jamaica sent back four Guyanese batsmen for only 42 runs by the seventh over. However Alistair Ifill and captain Saheed Mohamed restored the balance with sensible batting and took Guyana to victory by four wickets.
Garth Bryan top scored for Jamaica with a marvelous 40 and Franklin Hinds, 21 and Devon Williams, 17, chipped in with the runs. Saheed Mohamed took 3 for 23 for Guyana and Mahendra Sanichar and Troy David also got a couple of wickets each.
In a grand finale, Jamaica meet World Stars for third place at 11am on Sunday followed by the long awaited meeting of Barbados and Guyana in the final. Spectators are in for a treat with a number of exciting players on display.
So far the Guyanese have had the most supporters but the Jamaicans are likely to turn out in force for this one.
There is a lot of cricket activity at the Smith Road Oval this weekend because on Saturday the Cayman Masters club is holding a fun day from mid-day followed by the annual awards ceremony from 5.30pm.
There will be a women’s cricket match before the Cayman Under-15 national team plays a masters side.
The ground is in good shape which is partly thanks to new groundsman Lawrence Smith.