Italy hands Cayman third straight loss

Alessandro Morris took 1 for 46 vs Italy. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images)

The Cayman Islands slumped to their third straight loss at the ICC World Cricket League Division 5 tournament in South Africa on Wednesday, 6 September, with 122-run defeat at the hands of Italy.

Rakibul Hasan (52) and Peter Petricola (45) got the Italians off to a good start at Willowmoore Park, before Damian Crowley plundered 105 off 88 balls with 14 fours and one six. Joy Perera then hit a quick-fire 48 not out from 25 balls, including four sixes, as Gayashan Munasinghe’s side raced to a big total.

Corey Cato, getting his first action of the tournament, took two wickets for 42 runs off six overs. Conroy Wright opened the bowling and was the most economical of the Cayman Islands bowlers, taking one wicket for 30 runs off eight overs (3.75 econ). Troy Taylor and Alessandro Morris also took a wicket apiece.

Sacha De Alwis

Cayman Islands got off to a slow start in reply, as Munasinghe removed opener Ricardo Roach for a duck, but Sacha De Alwis (52) and captain Ramon Sealy (89) put them back on track. Their 84-run stand made victory possible, but Italy off-spinner Carl Sandri worked his magic and finished with six for 46 as Italy dismissed Cayman Islands for 204, with only three other batsmen managing double figures – Ryan Bovell (14), Wright (14) and Gregory Smith (10).

Cayman Islands captain Sealy said: “I am very proud of the effort the boys put in. I am very happy with the way we batted and we are positive going into the next stage of the tournament.”

Result in brief:

Italy beat Cayman Islands by 122 runs

Italy 326-6, 50 overs (Damian Crowley 105, Rakibul Hasan 52, Joy Perera 48; Corey Cato 2-42, Conroy Wright 1-30)

Cayman Islands 204 all out, 42.4 overs (Ramon Sealy 89, Sacha De Alwis 52; Carl Sandri 6-46, Madupi Fernando 2-27, Gayashan Munasinghe 2-41)

There’s one more match on the schedule for Cayman, as they play Germany on Thursday to determine the final standings. Cayman Islands, which swept Argentina in the America’s qualifier, will not advance to World Cricket League Division 4 to be played in 2018 as part of qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

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