The newly formed Cayman Islands women’s national cricket team have lost all three games so far in the International Cricket Council’s T20 Championship, but they have done their best against far more experienced teams.
Canada are the defending champions and the other teams in the tournament are USA, Brazil, Bermuda and Argentina.
These are the first matches ever played by the Cayman women and although they have fallen short, there have been some memorable displays, especially with the bat. The matches this week are at the Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay and Smith Road Oval in George Town.
On Wednesday Canada stormed to the top of the table on run-rate with a resounding 106 run victory over Cayman.
Canada won the toss and elected to bat and posted the tournament highest total to-date 191-4 in their 20 overs, lead by a sparkling 99 not out from Joanna White and 48 from Durriya Shabbir in a third wicket partnership of 147 runs.
Cayman played more for personal pride and Carmel Harms (26), captain Molly-Ann Moore (20) and Wyvonne Forbes (15) ensured the local spectators had something to cheer about as they finished on 85-6 from their 20 overs.
On Tuesday Cayman won the toss against Argentina and elected to bat, but some energetic fielding and accurate bowling restricted the hosts to 79-9 from their 20 overs. Deserene Cox (12), Wyvonne Forbes (11) and Vanessa Cameron Clarke (11) made the best contributions. Argentina knocked up the 80 runs needed quickly. They lost to USA on Monday.
Cayman play Brazil at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Friday, 10.30am start. Their final game is against Bermuda on Saturday at the same venue, also 10.30am start.