Cayman cricketers injured in bus crash

Three members of the Cayman Islands cricket team attending
a tournament in Italy needed hospital treatment on Saturday after a bus they
were travelling in collided with a car during wet weather.

Team manager Stephen Best suffered a fractured pelvis,
captain Saheed Mohamed had to be treated for a neck injury and batsman Abali
Hoilett was injured in his groin. All were treated and discharged. The players
were given the all clear to play immediately, but Mr. Best was advised to rest
for at least five days. A local tournament scorer also needed treatment for
minor injuries.

Cayman’s technical director of cricket Theo Cuffy said from
his hotel in Medicina: “A lady driver coming towards us ran off the road in
torrential rain and collided into us. We’re just thankful to our driver who
reacted quickly and skilfully to maintain control of the bus the best he could.
The police and fire departments were on the scene quickly and gave us expert
attention. We’re extremely thankful that nobody was severely injured during
this accident and both teams are safe.”

The bad weather in Bologna forced all matches to be
abandoned on the first day of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 on
Saturday. There was no play between Italy and Cayman Islands at Medicina, while
USA v Nepal at Pianoro was abandoned after 14 overs with Nepal 51 for two. In
the third match between Argentina and Tanzania the match was called off with
Argentina 36 for four after 18.2 overs.

Tournament director Edward Fitzgibbon said: “We’re obviously relieved that
all those on the bus are now safely back at the hotel and wish them all a
speedy recovery.”