Cayman cricket has finished with a flourish after some setbacks earlier in the year, but overall the sport is doing well despite a lack of finances.
The cricket community met at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Saturday night for its first awards night in three years.
The Most Valuable Players were Conroy Wright (men), Rosemarie Wilson (women) and Thompson Hew (youth).
Panthers were the women’s team champs, with their player Desrene Cox getting the best batter award.
The best woman bowler was Carmel Harms of Greenies.
Other players to pick up awards spread over the three years included Ronald Ebanks, Peter Bigwood, Alessandro Morris, Mahalia “Jaida” Morgan, Darren Cato, Ian Rotsey, Gregory Smith, Deno McInnis, Pearson Best, Donald Carter and Ainsley Hall. Teams that got trophies included Greenies, Greenies Too, Aims Consultants, Esso Cubs, Police, Prison, Sol Cubs, JJ’s, Strikers, Stingrays and By Rite.
Courtney Myles, president of the cricket association, said that he was glad that funds were made available for the first awards night in three years.
He said between the executives they pulled all their resources together and were “happy to pull it off and move local cricket forward.”
Myles said that he was pleased to see so many women cricketers at the function and also Collin Anglin, the director of sports, and Joel Francis on behalf of the ministry of sports.
Cayman placed second to Suriname of six teams at a recent T20 tournament in Florida and Myles said he was satisfied with that result considering how badly Cayman has fared in overseas trips in recent years.
“I want to congratulate the captain, Chris Palmer and the coaching team of Pearson Best and Franklin Hinds for a job well done,” Myles said.
There was some controversy before the tour because some Caymanians objected to Chris Palmer, a New Zealander, captaining Cayman.
“A democratic process took place to appoint Mr. Palmer, and I went with it, and it showed that it moved cricket forward and put it in a positive light,” said Myles, who added that in January the association will meet to plan the year ahead.
He said that he would like to see more cricket played in schools. “We have highlighted that fact to the minister of sports Osbourne Bodden and also more girls playing in schools.”
Cricket association’s technical director Theo Cuffy said he was “extremely proud” to have an awards ceremony this year despite the tough financial situation.
“We have come up with a couple of initiatives which will help us on the financial side,” Cuffy said, adding that he hopes for higher playing standards next year.
“I want to see more input into our youth programs and see more people qualified to assist the youngsters,” he said, and he hopes that clubs will develop their own youth teams to work in tandem with the association.
Of all the players who received awards, Cuffy felt that Conroy Wright’s was the most warranted.
“He stands out amongst all of them,” Cuffy said. “Conroy is already a good bowler and his batting has become just as good as anybody else.
“He is a hard campaigner and has been very consistent over the years.”
Cuffy also praised Rosemarie Wilson for her consistency, and the improvement of youngster Jaida Morgan. He also mentioned Wyvonne Forbes for her excellence as a wicketkeeper and with the bat.
Cuffy added that Desrene Cox has also raised the standard of local women’s cricket, as well as national team captain Molly Ann Moore and Greenies allrounder Carmel Harms.
“They are all outstanding players and they have really done well,” he said.