ESSO Cubs fielded nine national team players and won the Division 2 T20 title, but it was not as easy as they expected.
It was a fitting finish to a long but fun-filled season of cricket in the Cayman Islands. ESSO Cubs concluded with victory over league champions Aims Consultants at Smith Road Oval on Saturday.
The excitement was high as ESSO Cubs captain Omar Willis called the toss correctly and decided to bat. ESSO Cubs were provided with a comfortable start from Ricardo Roach, who scored 37, and Ramon Sealy, who hit 16, losing the first wicket at 54.
Cameos from Willis (18) and Darren Cato (14) contributed to a modest score of 122 for 7. Aims Consultants captain Sam Suberan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 wickets for 13 runs.
It was a close match with Aims Kirkpatrick Clarke (40) building partnerships with Sunil Jugbir (19) and Suberan (18), but the fall of Clarke’s wicket sparked a collapse as the Cubs put the pressure on.
Roach led the Cubs tight bowling performance with 4 wickets and was ably assisted by the evergreen Oscar Owen with 2 wickets.
Cubs won by 14 runs. In the playoff for third place, Joeniel Bent produced an outstanding bowling performance for the Schools team, taking 4 wickets for 16 runs, but that did not prevent JJ’S from running away with victory by 48 runs.
The Challenge Trophy, with a name change to Cayman Nations Cup, begins next month.