Cayman cricket came up just short of making an international statement.
The Cayman Islands placed fourth in the recent 2011 International Cricket Council World Cricket League’s 20/20 Americas region division one tournament. The top three countries advanced from the competition, staged in Lauderhill, Florida. The winners turned out to be Canada, hosts USA and Bermuda.
Those countries now advance to Dubai for the next round of qualifying. The matches are in preparation for the 2012 ICC World T20 Championship, slated to take place in Sri Lanka.
Cayman held its own, garnering a pair of wins over Suriname (by one run) and Argentina (by four wickets), with the latter victory coming last Saturday. A number of players did well for Cayman including Zachary McLaughlin, Troy Taylor and Kevin Bazil.
McLaughlin was man of the match against Suriname notching 37 runs off 52 balls. Steve Gordon, 43, earned man of the match honours on Saturday for producing 22 runs as a middle order batsman.
Even in the defeats a number of players made notable contributions. Alessandro Morris was 3 for 21 bowling against Canada while Pearson Best nabbed 21 runs off 29 balls. Abali Hoilett batted home 19 runs from 37 balls against the US while Kervin Ebanks bowled two wickets for seven runs.