Cayman Islands kicked off their
Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 in Italy in style by defeating
Argentina by five wickets.
The match, having been abandoned on
Satuday at Medicina because of torrential rain, was replayed the following day
at Pianoro and saw the Cayman Islands team prove their worth with both bat and
ball against the South Americans.
Having won the toss Saheed Mohamed
chose to field which proved to be a good choice with the team restricting
Argentina to 160 in its 50 overs. Opening batsman Matias Paterlini departed
early after being caught behind by Cayman Islands’ wicketkeeper Ramon Sealy.
Grant Dugmore, Gary Savage and
Diego Forrester all performed well with the bat but the Caribbean side’s
bowling and fielding proved too strong.
Ryan Bovell had a good day bowling,
taking 2-17 and collecting one catch while out patrolling the boundary while
Marlon Bryan claimed 3-32 and Sealy proved key behind the stumps – running out
middle-order batsman Tomas Francis for four runs.
After the innings break things did
go according to plan for the Cayman Islanders, with both openers Ricardo Roach
and Sealy departing for ducks, it was then up to Pearson Best, 46, to steady
the ship with a quick-fire 55 off 32 balls, including seven boundaries and
After the departure of Abali
Hoilett and Mohamed it was up to Bovell to steer the side home alongside Ronald
Bovell’s innings of 53 not out
earned him man of the match.
“It was great to secure our first
win today and against a side we know well in the form of Argentina. We played
them in the ICC Americas tournament in Bermuda recently and lost so it was good
to be victorious on this occasion,” said Bovell. “I think we played good disciplined
cricket and stayed focused on our game plan and ended up executing it well. We
now need to maintain the momentum of the win against our next fixture against