Defending champs start strong in Challenge Trophy

Cayman celebrates the fall of a wicket.

Defending champions Cayman Islands had an impressive start to the 2016 NCB Challenge Trophy with an emphatic nine-wicket thrashing of Guyana at the Smith Road Oval on Sunday, 27 November.

Batting on a weary pitch, Guyana was only able to manage 67 for 9 in 16.2 overs. Anil Jugbir put up some resistance to top score with 24 but the damage had already been done by Gregory Smith, who took four wickets for 13 runs, and Kervin Ebanks ably supported with 3 for 7.

Kervin Ebanks then came back to open the innings for the Cayman Islands and blasted 41 not out, as Cayman made light work of a small total in 12.4 overs. Omar Willis chipped in with 17 not out as Cayman won by nine wickets.

Cayman's bowlers were on the mark.

Cayman’s bowlers were on the mark.

Earlier, Barbados and World Stars, two evenly matched sides met at the same venue.

World Stars batted first and put up 112 in 20 overs, with Basil Legore top scoring with 22, supported by Jalon Linton 21 and Ben Wentzel 17. For Barbados, bowlers Marlon Hoyte took 2 for 18 in his four overs and Tennyson Roach got 2 for 21.

Barbados was docked six overs from their batting because a full team was not ready at the scheduled start. Nonetheless, Barbados raced to 41 in the first four overs due to some precise hitting from Kirkpatrick Clarke (18) and Dave Holness (16). But once their partnership was broken, a steady procession of wickets as Barbados was restricted to 87 for 9 in their allotted 14 overs.

World Stars won by 27 runs.

Bowled over: Barbados will need stronger batting next time.

Bowled over: Barbados will need stronger batting next time.


The game between India and Jamaica at Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay was rained out.

The tournament, which was once called the Cup of Nations, continues 4 December with three matches, including a double header at Smith Road Oval. First up at 11:00 a.m. is Guyana vs Sri Lanka, followed by Jamaica vs Barbados at 2:30 p.m. World Stars face India at Jimmy Powell Oval in West Bay starting at 11:00 a.m.

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