The Cayman National Select team played Northamptonshire five times during the visiting club's trip to the Cayman Islands this month.

Cayman’s cricketers ended the 2020 development tour on a high note with a thrilling six-run win over the visiting Northamptonshire side. The islands’ senior national team batted first and made 129 for the loss of five wickets. Greg Strydom led the way with 38, while opener Sunil Sunil made 22.

Northants came close in their reply, with skipper Amrit Basra again on top form with 35. But the visitors were pegged back by some fine bowling from the Cayman XI and fell just short of their target. The game marked the final time Northamptonshire played Cayman cricketers, ending the visiting British club’s pre-season tour with three wins and two losses in their five-game series.

Northamptonshire CCC, one of 18 first-class county clubs in England and Wales, is currently in a two-year strategic partnership with Cayman Cricket and is expected to return for another pre-season tournament in 2021. In a post on its Facebook page, Cayman Cricket described the tour as a major breakthrough for the islands.

“This is one giant step to establish Cayman as a destination of choice for international cricket teams to train and play. Besides providing valuable opportunities for the development of our own players and coaches, tours such as these have the potential for opening up completely new avenues for sports tourism and previously untapped tourism markets,” it said.

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