World Cup is intent of all maidens

Cayman’s newly formed national women’s cricket team is gearing up for a huge challenge next week when they host an international tournament at George Town’s Smith Road Oval and the Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay.

The Pepsi International Cricket Council Americas Women’s T20 Championship runs from 23-29 April. Visiting teams are the USA, Canada, Bermuda, Argentina and Brazil. The Cayman team was at the West Bay field on Sunday playing a boys’ national youth select for practice.

Months of preparations have gone well and they are set to do battle with the more experienced sides with confidence.

Technical Director Theo Cuffy said: “Canada are the defending champions who arrived on Sunday to give themselves a week’s preparations.

We will play them in a practice match at Smith Road Oval on Wednesday from 5.30pm.

“The Americans arrive on Wednesday so it goes to show how serious this competition is being taken. The winners go through to the World Cup qualifiers and everyone wants to get there.

“We’re extremely proud to be hosting this tournament and I’m looking forward to seeing how our best players compete. Everyone wants to do well, of course, particularly our captain Molly-Anne Moore, all-rounder Carmel Harms and Wyvonne Forbes who has improved significantly as a wicket-keeper.

They are our leading players and one or two others I expect to come through.”