Cricket’s T/20 format is short, exciting and aggressive. The Challenge Trophy, Cayman Islands off season tournament produces everything that a cricket enthusiast wants and some more. Two very exciting matches were completed on Sunday. Jamaica defeated Barbados in a low scoring match while World Stars and British and Irish Lions produced a nail biting finish for one run World Stars victory.
In a match reduced to 18 overs Barbados started well with Kirkpatrick Clarke 43 and Gregory Davis, only 15 years old, hitting 18 to provide a 57 runs partnership. Only Ryan Bovell 24 was able to contribute as Barbados were reduced to 107 for 9 wickets. Ugal Sicard and Ladel Farquharson were the main Jamaican bowlers picking up 7 wickets. Jamaica had no problems in getting the Barbados score with main batsmen Garth Bryan 36, Tony Higgins 34n.o and Ugal Sicard 20. Jamaica won by 7 wickets.
World Stars lived up to their name and produced a disciplined batting performance. Having lost two early wickets, Sam Suberan 63 (4 fours and 4 sixes) and Al Shields 33 repaired the damage and lead them to 150 for 4 wickets. The British and Irish Lions did not give up. They began well with Ian Rotsey and Mark Randall laying the foundation. Chris Smith joined Rotsey at the fall of Randall’s wicket and the pair took the Lions to striking distance before World Stars got back into the match.
Three quick wickets and all spectators were on the edge of their seats. Even the dominoes group stopped for the action.
With the Lions requiring 11 runs in the final over and 3 runs off the last ball for victory, World Stars restricted the Lions to 9 runs and maintained their unbeaten sequence, winning by 1 run.