Cayman’s pre-season cricket tournament bowls into action

The Bodden Town Eagle Rays, West Bay Loggerheads and George Town Hammerheads kicked off a special pre-season Twenty20 tournament held by Cayman Cricket on Saturday at the Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay.

George Town Hammerheads won by 28 runs in their first game against Bodden Town Eagle Rays. Greg Strydom led the way for George Town, smashing seven sixes on his way to 62 from just 34 balls. Brian Corbin and Deno McInnis also chipped in with important contributions as the Hammerheads amassed a total of 163 for 9 in their 20 overs.

The Eagle Rays were pegged back in their response by some fine bowling from Alistair Ifill who took four wickets to restrict them to 135 for 7.In the second game of the day, the Bodden Town Eagle Rays made up for that disappointment, beating the West Bay Loggerheads by seven wickets.

While Loggerheads’ Patrick Heron shone with 32 runs from 22 balls, his team just could not get their innings going and finished 102 all out.Darren Cato led the charge for Bodden Town in response, with 69 from 51 balls, to take his team to a convincing victory with four overs to spare.

“The tournament is off to a fantastic start,” said Cayman Cricket vice president Ricardo Roach. “The batsmanship on display was phenomenal. It was nice to see a lot of old faces at the ground, as well. The outfield, pitch and crowd were all fantastic. Next weekend will definitely provide another exciting encounter.”

The tournament is set to run until mid-February, just before the arrival of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club on island. The next games will be held Saturday, 18 Jan., at the Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay.

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