Greenies great run continues

Greenies have improved considerably in recent years and another milestone came on Tuesday with a historic three wicket victory over the touring Marylebone Cricket Club at the Smith Road Oval.

If beating By Rite last year and becoming Cayman 2012 Champions was not good enough, the Greenies went one better and defeated MCC team in a 35 over game.

Both Greenies sides used to have a reputation for underachieving and enjoying the social aspects of cricket more than the hard slog of winning matches, but that culture has changed in recent years.

They have drafted in players whose desire to win outweighs the interest in downing Heinekens, the sides main sponsor.

Surprised MCC manager Steve Henderson put his side’s demise down to injuries to a small squad, a debilitating North Sound boat trip on Monday and increasingly draining nocturnal activities of the younger members of the tour party.

It didn’t help that MCC’s one cap international, Gavin Hamilton, was out leg before wicket first ball, which he said was an outrageous decision.

Mind you the Greenies made heavy weather of the small chase of 113 runs. Greenies’ Hector Robinson took four wickets for 14 off 7 overs.

Chris Smith ran himself out in bizarre circumstances as they slumped to 13 for 3, then 22 for 4 and 39 for 5 before Ryan Bovell joined captain Chris Palmer and they steadied the side and reached 96 before they both lost their wickets in quick succession.

MCC dropped Bovell at least three times as he made a quick-fire 26 off 30 balls on a very slow pitch.

Richie Barker and Nick Sellars saw the Greenies home with three overs to spare. Cue for much cheering and celebration.

MCC played a Select XI on Wednesday and the Cayman national team in their final match on Thursday.

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