T20 big hits set to excite

Twenty over cricket has revitalized the game in recent years, attracting a younger generation and bringing back fans who had lost interest in the Test and one-day formats.

Since T20 was introduced in the Cayman Islands, the increased interest has also helped revive the game locally.

The explosive version returns to the Smith Road Oval on Sunday Sept. 29 as the Cayman Nations Cup begins.

Cayman, Bimshire Boys, Jamaica, India, English and Irish Lions, and World Stars are the six teams competing in the popular short format. Defending champions Cayman start as favorites with the strongest challenge likely to come from Jamaica.

The cricket association has added a number of attractive prizes for the teams, individuals and spectators.

Included are the Longest Six, Most Sixes, Man of the Match, Most Valuable Player and Spectator awards.

Cricket technical director Theo Cuffy said, “Zachary McLaughlin had an exceptional series for Cayman last year and was Man of the Match in the final.

“I expect him to do well again. The Cayman side combined really well for their first ever tournament victory.

“We’ve started this tournament earlier than usual and we’re trying to keep it upbeat. The rain always interferes but we hope for good weather to get it out of the way so that the national team can prepare fully for the ICC 50-over tournament in Malaysia early next year. We are in Division 5 and we want to get promoted.”