They may have entered the tournament as the underdogs despite having home advantage but at least the Cayman Islands were able to record their first women’s international cricket victory.
Cayman staged the International Cricket Council’s Americas Women’s T20 tournament last week at the Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay and George Town’s Smith Road Oval.
They lost their first three matches to USA, Argentina and defending champs Canada but had the satisfaction of beating Brazil by seven wickets in West Bay on Friday.
It was in a shortened game reduced to 13 overs per side, due to a late start as a result of wet spots on the pitch caused by heavy overnight rain.
Brazil won the toss and decided to bat first but soon found themselves at 28-4 inside the eighth over. Although previously beaten, the newly formed Cayman Islands side were in a more positive mood and it showed as they restricted Brazil to 57-8 with only Juliene Melo making double figures (10).
It was going to be Cayman’s best opportunity to gain full points and with a vocal local crowd behind them, the openers raced to 30 from the first four overs. Wyvonne Forbes played some delightful shots with one off drive for four that had the JPO rocking.
Captain Molly-Ann Moore joined Forbes at the fall of the first wicket after Carmel Harms had a good knock, but Forbes was run out on 20 when she played a ball to point and the captain sent her back after a mix up in the calling. Nevertheless, Forbes had done enough to get the player of the match award. This left the hosts on 41-2 but in no danger of pulling off their historic first ever victory, much to the satisfaction of coaches Theo Cuffy and Benjamin Maynard.
Vanessa Cameron was Cayman’s best bowler, taking 3-14. Natasha Roberts also bowled well with figures of 2-9.
At the Smith Road Oval Canada beat Argentina by 11 runs and in the afternoon game in West Bay the USA thrashed Bermuda by 85 runs.
No matches were played on Saturday, the last day, because of the excessive rain. But all the teams were still in good spirits and had fun with an end of tournament party at the Jimmy Powell Oval.
Canada went through to the next stage having won all four matches and gained the most points of 4.93. USA also won all four games but their points tally was 2.9. Argentina won two and lost two and were third with 0.89 points. Cayman were fourth, Bermuda fifth and Brazil sixth. Cayman were scheduled to play Bermuda on Saturday until it was rained off.