After a bright start when they won
their first game against Argentina, Cayman Islands have lost their last two
Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 matches in Italy.
On Monday they were demolished by
the USA by nine wickets and on Wednesday lost to Tanzania by 43 runs in
Tanzania batted first and hit 197
in 50 overs. Cayman started poorly and never really recovered even though
captain Saheed Mohamed hit 37 and Ryan Bovell scored 39. After they went, only
Conroy Wright reached double figures with 14 not out.
Against the USA in Bologna, Cayman
won the toss and elected to bat first but Cayman struggled against the medium
pace of Orlando Baker (3-30) and the legbreaks’ of Nasir Javed (3-29).
Having started well with Ricardo
Roach opening the batting alongside Ramon Sealy, they failed to really fire
until the arrival of Ronald Ebanks, batting seventh, who scored a strong 46
runs off 39 balls, including two sixes and five boundaries.
Before Thursday’s games Cayman were
fifth in the six team league. United States were top, then Nepal, Italy,
Tanzania and Argentina were bottom.
The batting of the USA side proved
to be too strong for Cayman after the innings break with the side only dropping
one wicket, Baker, before reaching the target.
The biggest surprise of the week so
far was when Italy thrashed tournament favourites USA by 51 runs in Medicino on
Wednesday. Italy batted first and amassed 212-9 thanks to a 72 by opener Andy
Northcote and 85 by Peter Petricola. USA never got going and could only muster
119 in 33.3 overs.