Greenies bow to youth

The Village Greenies cricket team returned from the Sarasota Thanksgiving Six a Side Festival with some success.

They were beaten finalists but did well to get that far against tough opposition, including their reserves.

This marks the thirteenth year Greenies have fielded at least one team at the tournament which features sides from North America, Mexico, England and the Caribbean.

This year the Greenies fielded two teams and in unprecedented fashion the Ones and the Toos won their way through the group stages to meet one another in the semi-final.

The Toos, featuring the sage heads and wily skills of old timers Charlie ‘The Flying Pig’ Adams and Ian ‘Beefy’ Goodall, put on a creditable performance but could not match the Ones for whom Cayman cricketing legend Frankie Hinds starred with bat and ball.

In a re-run of several previous years’ finals, the Ones faced the Memorial Cricket Club from Houston who had an impressive array of international talent from across the cricketing world, including Jimbo Gatting, son of ex England captain Mike.

After four days of cricket the Ones ran out of steam in the final. The club youth policy was plainly not in force as the Greenies team in the final included only one player under 35, ‘youngster’ Ian Rotsey.

The Ones lost in a relatively close final and Greenies vowed to return for another crack at Houston next year.