The most exciting off season cricket tournament in the Cayman Islands, The Challenge Trophy, is back and promises to be the best ever.
Eight teams will compete up to Christmas in 20 over matches in what the most entertaining of all the game’s formats. All the action will be at the Smith Road Oval from Sunday 16 October with two T/20 matches per day starting at 12 noon.
Guyana are the reigning champions from the first two years it had been running and there is no reason for them to feel they cannot do it again.
Teams competing are in Group Red ANZACS (Australia and New Zealand), British and Irish Lions, Guyana and World Stars and in Group Blue are Jamaica, Barbados, Cayman Islands and India. Two times Champions Guyana has thrown down the challenge indicating for all to hear that they will be the team to beat for another year. The Cayman Islands under-15 captain Gregory Davis will be an addition to the Barbados team.
Some of the top players to look out for include Matthew Walker, Chris Palmer and Andrew Dean in the ANZACS team, Ian Rotsey, Jerry Beck and Dave McGrath for the British and Irish Lions and for the Guyanese Kevin Bazil and Alistair Ifill. The World Stars can count on Jalon Linton, Sam Suberan and Ladel Farquharson, Jamaica have Steve Gordon, Wayne Cato and Conroy Wright and Barbados can depend on Pearson Best, Ryan Bovell and Charlie Best. Cayman’s best includ Abali Hoilett, Kervin Ebanks and Marlon Bryan and India have Princely, Adil and Anil.
The first game on Sunday is between the British and Irish Lions against the World Stars, starting at 12 noon, then it’s India against Jamaica at 3pm. Both games are at the Smith Road Oval.