Ebanks steers champs back

Defending champions Cayman Islands will face off against World Stars in the LIME Cayman Nations Cup final on this weekend at the Smith Road Oval. Cayman Islands marched to their second consecutive T20 final on Sunday by defeating Jamaica in the first semi-final.

Cayman came out the better of the two in a match hampered by a heavy outfield due to excessive rain over the last two weeks.

Cayman captain Ronald Ebanks with 24 runs started the fight back after Jamaica had early success claiming 3 wickets for 20 runs.

Ebanks was involved in small partnerships with Omar Willis 10 and Steve Gordon 12 but Cayman were still short of the set target after Ebanks fell. A late flourish by Troy Taylor 19 runs, took Cayman to 103 for 7 wickets.

Despite Garth Bryan’s 19 and Deno McInnis 12 not out, Jamaica were restricted to 81 for 4 wickets by an excellent all round performance by Cayman.

Going for a second run prolific Jamaica batsman Milton Johnson was run out by Darren Cato and it was downhill from there.

Very economical bowling from Cayman contributed to the pressure from which the Jamaica team never recovered. Cayman won by 22 runs. Ronald Ebanks was named Man of the Match.

In the second semi Bimshire Boys with veteran Pearson Best 30, Kirkpatrick Clarke 27 and Frank Hazare 26 produced a competitive 131 for 6 wickets against a spirited World Stars.

All round contributions from the World Stars batsmen Jalon Linton 34 not out, Omar Bryan 22 and Sunil Jugbir 18 took World Stars within touching distance of the target but it was left to Bazil Legore 15 not out and 10 runs each from Kerniel Coley and captain Sam Suberan to secure the win and a place in the final. Omar Bryan was named Man of the Match.

One lucky person walked away with a cell phone donated by LIME. There will many more cell phones available at the final so it’s worth coming out for the match.

Panthers are on a roll in the LIME Women 8-a-side tournament racking up another comprehensive victory against Islanders by 7 wickets.

Islanders batted first and scored 73 for 7. Panthers reached the target for the loss of 5 wickets with Wyvonne Forbes just missing her half century by one run.

There will no LIME Women 8-a-side match this Sunday as all roads lead to Smith Road Oval for the much anticipated final in the LIME Cayman Nations Cup between defending champions Cayman and the World Stars, starting at 2 p.m.