‘We gave our all,’ says Cayman captain after struggle vs US

Alistair Ifill bowls vs the US.

The captain of the Cayman Islands national cricket team, Alessandro Morris, was full of praise for the effort his players put in as they faced challenging conditions in their second match of the ICC World T20 Americas Qualifiers against the United States on Tuesday, 19 August.

In a match impacted by rain, Cayman struggled to get runs on the board at the Bermuda National Stadium, with only opener Chad Hauptfleisch (10) and U19 call-up Luke Harrington-Myers (18 not out) reaching double digits in a team total of 68 for eight off 20 overs.

“It was a bowler’s wicket,” said Morris of the conditions at the Bermuda National Stadium. “It was tough for the batters but we went out there and gave it our best, but it was tough conditions. My guys tried really hard. We just came up really short in the end.”

He was full of praise for the ground staff, who worked tirelessly to get the game going. “Once it got going, the conditions were quite tough for batting but we dug in, we tried our best. The runs were not a lot but we fought hard,” Morris said.

The United States also found the runs not as easy to come by but were nearly home on 60 for five in the 15th over when rain had the final say. The Duckworth-Lewis Method was used to determine the result, as the United States won by 10-wickets.

Harrington-Myers took two wickets for 13 runs. Morris and fellow spinner, Alistair Ifill each took a wicket.

“We didn’t have a lot of runs. Our only way to win the game was to go and give it everything we had and we did just that,” Morris said. “Sometimes, when you don’t have much options, it kind of comes out better in the end because you just know what you’ve got to do. So, we went out there and put pressure on the USA and saw that we were in with a chance and in the end, we just came up short.”

The Cayman Islands lost by 84 runs to Canada on Sunday. They face Bermuda on 21 August before playing Canada (22 August) and the United States (24 August) again. Their final group game is 25 August vs Bermuda.

Cayman has an arduous task, as only the top two teams advance to the next round of qualifying for next year’s tournament.

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