Lions mauled by cubs

Cayman is the defending champion in the LIME Cayman Nations Cup and they showed they will be even harder to beat this season than last after a dominating 20-over win against the British and Irish Lions.

Batting first in the final league encounter of this tournament against a depleted Lions at the Smith Road Oval on Sunday, the youthful Cayman side showed no mercy, scoring 169 for 5 with fifties from Zachary McLaughlin and Omar Willis.

Having scored 63 runs in the first 10 overs, Cayman piled on the pressure getting 106 runs in the next 10 overs.

It was pure leather hunting as youngsters McLaughlin first and then a masterpiece from Willis aided by Ronald Ebanks 21 pushed the total higher.

The Lions had no answer to the impressive Cayman bowling. Lions’ main contributors were Derek Randall 27, Richard Thomas 17 and Chris Smith 15. Cayman won by 79 runs, Willis was Man of the Match.

Reluctantly coaxed out of retirement by the Lions, Ian “Beefy” Goodall rolled back the years to take a wicket with some superb spin bowling.

In the earlier game, Jamaica played well to beat India by 10 wickets. Batting first, India totaled 113 for 5 in 19 overs.

Playing in his first match, Kenute Tulloch produced an extraordinary first delivery bowling India star batsman Rocky for no score. Larry 45, Jay 30 and Mani 20 batted bravely for India. Corey Cato took three wickets.

Jamaica’s Deno McInnis 58 not out, with four fours and four sixes and Milton Johnson 34 not out gave Jamaica a convincing victory. McInnis was Man of the Match

Only the Super Over could separate Greenies and Islanders at the John A Cumber primary school ground in the LIME Women’s 8-a-Side tournament. Having each scored 88 runs after the allotted 15 overs, Greenies held their nerves to defeat Islanders.

Batting first in the Super Over, Islanders scored 6 runs and lost 2 wickets before Greenies got to 7 runs and the victory.

LIME giveaways begin Sunday and will continue during the semifinals and finals scheduled for Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. There will be LIME phones and other giveaways at those matches.

In the women’s match at the Smith Road Oval on Sunday, national player Natasha Roberts suggested that players honor this occasion by wearing pink tops to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The Cayman Islands Cricket Association is requesting that all players wear pink tops and their team’s pants.

Players are encouraging their friends and supporters to wear pink.