Cayman and Jamaica dominated the semi-finals of the Challenge Trophy T/20 competitions and are set to meet on Sunday in what is expected to be a display of the very best of local cricket talent. Cayman youngsters Zachary McLaughlin 51 and Omar Willis 34 provided the team with a solid foundation before Kervin Ebanks 19 and Ramon Sealy 16n.o pushed their total to a respectable 145 for 5 wickets. Basil Legore 3 for 16 was the World Stars leading bowler.
An emphatic bowling display from Marlon Bryan, Kervin Ebanks, Ricardo Roach and Gregory Smith contained the free scoring World Stars. A late charge from Nigel Strough 40 and Basil Legore 27n.o was not enough. Cayman won by 28 runs.
Jamaica are rolling and made no mistake booking their passage to the final by running over Guyana who had won the previous two championships. Batting first Guyana were restricted to 129 runs. Nan Budhram 38 and Mahendra Sanichar 31 were the main batsmen while Ladel Farquharson and Alessandro Morris took 2 wickets each for Jamaica. In form batsman Ainsley Hall 53 and twenties from Conroy Wright and Garth Bryan showed the depth of the Jamaica team. Jamaica won by 7 wickets.
Will the young Cayman team lead by Abali Hoilett and which includes CICA Cricketer of the Year Kervin Ebanks be able to match the hitting power of Farquharson and Hall of the Jamaica team? All questions will be answered in the finale after another fantastic year of local cricket. It starts at 10.30am and promises to be an absorbing match whatever the result.
CAYMAN – 145 FOR 5
Zachary McLaughlin 51, Omar Willis 34, Kervin Ebanks 19, Ramon Sealy 16n.o
Basil Legore 3 for 16
WORLD STARS – 115 for 7
Nigel Strough 40, Basil Legore 27n.o
Ricardo Roach 3 for 13, Sacha De Alwis 2 for 18
CAYMAN won by 28 runs
GUYANA – 129
Nan Budhram 38, Mahendra Sanichar 31
Ladel Farquharson 2 for 10, Alessandro Morris 2 for 23
JAMAICA – 130 for 3
Ainsley Hall 53, Garth Bryan 24n.o, Conroy Wright 22
Kevin Bazil 2 for 16
JAMAICA won by 7 wickets
Sun 18th Dec WORLD STARS vs GUYANA SRO 10.30am
CAYMAN vs JAMAICA SRO 2.00pm
TEAMS CAYMAN JAMAICA
ABALI HOILETT AINSLEY HALL
SACHA DE ALWIS UGAL SICARD
OMAR WILLIS WAYNE CATO
KERVIN EBANKS KENEEK BECKFORD
STEVE GORDON ALESSANDRO MORRIS
MARLON BRYAN CONROY WRIGHT
TROY TAYLOR LADEL FARQUHARSON
RONALD EBANKS GARTH BRYAN
RICARDO ROACH DAVE HOLNESS
VINCENT EBANKS CARLTON WEST
RAMON SEALY VICTOR CAMPBELL
ZACHARY McLAUGHLIN TONY HIGGINS