Pepsi games start with a fizz

Women’s Twenty20 cricket is being played in Grand Cayman for the first time as the Pepsi International Cricket Council’s Americas Women T20 Championship got under way on Monday.

Enthusiastic crowds were at the two venues on Monday, the opening day. Minister of Sports Mark Scotland was at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Monday morning to welcome the sides. So too were local cricket dignitaries, including Courtney Myles, Sydney Moore, Theo Cuffy and Courtney Young.

Along with the Cayman Islands, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Bermuda, Brazil and USA are competing for a chance to move into the World Cup qualifiers. Cayman captain Molly-Ann Moore top scored with 18 against the USA in the national side’s first ever game, at the Smith Road Oval.

The Americans scored 124-4 in their innings and Cayman answered with 57, losing by 67 runs on their debut. Two matches were played at West Bay’s Jimmy Powell Oval. Argentina beat Bermuda by eight wickets. Bermuda were 59 all out and Argentina knocked off the runs with ease. Defending champions Canada crushed Brazil by 124 runs. Canada scored 191-4 and limited the to only 57.

Matches are played at Jimmy Powell Oval (10.30am and 2.30pm) and Smith Road Oval (2.30pm) every day except Thursday 26 April. Cayman play Canada at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Wednesday at 2.30pm and the 10.30am game there is between USA and Brazil. Argentina play Canada at the Smith Road Oval at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Cayman’s other matches are Brazil at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Friday at 10.30am and against Bermuda, also at the Jimmy Powell Oval, on Saturday at 10.30am.