Cayman winless at ICC WCL Div 5

Ghana were dominant in the six-wicket win (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

Cayman Islands slumped to a six-wicket loss too Ghana for their fifth straight defeat at the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 tournament in South Africa on Saturday, 9 September. This means Cayman finishes eighth in the eight-team tournament, having lost all of its matches.

Ghana’s Obed Agbomadzie stole the show at Willowmoore Park in Benoni with a superb all-round display. The Ghanaian star took three for 20 with the ball as Ghana bowled Cayman Islands out for 136 inside 43 overs. And he then hit a measured 44 not out as the African side chased down the total inside 20 overs to confirm victory in the seventh-place play-off.

Batting first, Cayman Islands started well with Darren Cato and Sacha De Alwis putting on 73 for the first wicket. But wickets started to tumble, with Agbomadzie and Isaac Aboagye both causing problems.

De Alwis was first to go in the 17th over, being run out for 35 – a knock that included three boundaries. Cato followed two balls later bowled for 36. A procession of wickets followed: Deno McInnis for two, Ramon Sealy for 10, Jalon Linton for two – all falling inside the first 23 overs.

 

Ramon Sealy: “We have to look at the positive and negatives to see what we can work on and come back stronger.” (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images)

 

Not much resistance was offered lower down the order. Ricardo Roach fell for five, his fourth innings that ended in single digits. Ryan Bovell (16) and Conroy Wright (14 not out) held things together for a while before Bovell was sent packing. Wright ran out of partners as Troy Taylor and Alessandro Morris both got ducks, while Corey Cato contributed three runs batting at number 11.

Ghana’s reply got off to a bad start when it fell to 15 for two, but Agbomadzie and Julius Mensah (38 not out) found the boundary regularly and completed a fine Ghana win. Corey Cato took two for 59 off six overs. Alessandro Morris and Wright were economical with the ball in a bid to give Cayman a fighting chance. Troy Taylor, however, was the only bowler other than Cato to take a wicket.

“I’m smiling, today was about pride. We played our game and won, that is the most important thing,” said Ghana captain Ananya.

Meantime Cayman Islands skipper Sealy was in reflective mood. “We have to look at the positive and negatives to see what we can work on and come back stronger,” he said.

With the result, Cayman will be forced once again to prove they deserve to be in the World Cricket League as they are relegated to the Americas Division, where they swept Argentina earlier this year to qualify for the tournament in South Africa.

Result in brief:

Ghana beat Cayman Islands by six wickets

Cayman Islands 136 all out, 42.5 overs (Darren Cato 36, Sacha De Alwis 35; Obed Agbomadzie 3-20, Isaac Aboagye 2-27, David Ankrah 2-31)

Ghana 14-4, 19.3 overs (Obed Agbomadzie 44 not out, Julius Mensah 38 not out; Corey Cato 2-59, Troy Taylor 1-22)

In other matches, Jersey won the final against Vanuatu, while Qatar beat Italy in the third-place playoff and Germany defeated Guernsey for fifth place.

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