Cayman Islands went to the
International Cricket Council Division Four tournament in Italy with high hopes
of being promoted to Division Three but came back disappointed as one of the
two relegation teams.
Cayman lost to the USA, Italy,
Nepal and Tanzania and their sole league victory came against Argentina. They
beat the Argies again on Saturday in the fifth and sixth place match by seven
wickets but it was small consolation for a miserable trip that included captain
Saheed Mohamed, batsman Abali Hoilett and manager Stephen Best being injured
when the driver of a car lost control in the torrential rain and collided into
the team bus.
Opener Ramon Sealy hit a 57-ball 60
for Cayman and the most of the rest of the runs came from Ryan Bovell (42no)
and Mohamed (33no). Argentina lost all their matches.
The Americans topped the table
despite losing surprisingly to hosts Italy who finished second. Nepal were
third and Tanzania fourth.
Batting first, Argentina made
182-9. Cayman’s Conroy Wright showed sparkling form again, taking 2-19 to
complete the 50-over tournament with 10 wickets in six matches.
Technical Director Theo Cuffy felt
Cayman’s balance was the right blend of experience and youth but admits the
youngsters need to improve at this level. He said: “Our whole programme at home
needs to be changed, simply because we are an amateur grouping. We have to find
ways and means on how we can expose our youngsters to a higher level of cricket
prior to coming to tournaments like this.”