The cricket season kicked off on Sunday with the NCB Challenge Trophy, but there weren’t as many players as one would have suspected.
It was the first game for the New Technical Director, Peter Anderson. He says he is amping up the programme to focus on bring students back into cricket in order to bring up numbers.
“We are focusing very heavily and starting from January on wards on school programmes, that what we really have to start rebuilding like it was 10-15 years ago and I think we have let that slip. We need more participation, we need more competition, fortunately we have a tour against Argentina mid February next year, so our preparation is counting towards that. We have revamped the season and incorporated more T20 cricket and now we are just looking to increase our participation.”
The first game pitted 2 evenly matched teams in Barbados and World Stars. 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 4 overs and Tennyson Roach got 2 for 21.In Barbados’ turn to bat they were docked 6 overs due to a late start, but quickly raced to 41 in the first 4 overs due to some precise hitting from Kirkpatrick Clarke (18) and Dave Holness (16), but after these 2 departed there was a steady procession of wickets as Barbados fell away to 87 for 9 in their allotted 14 overs. World Stars won by 27 runs.
In the second game of the day, the Cayman Islands took on a tricky Guyana side on a wearing pitch and 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 4 wickets for 13 and Kervin Ebanks ably supported with 3 wickets 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 9 wickets.
Round two sees the World Stars take on India at the Jimmy Powell Oval on Sunday at 11:00 am, while Guyana and Sri Lanka play at Smith Road Oval at the same time. At 2:30 pm, Jamaica meets Barbados at the Smith Road Oval.