October 24, 2020

Cayman Islands defeats Bahrain for first win of tournament

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Cayman Islands captain, Abali Hoilett

Bahrain and Cayman Islands faced each other at the Indian Association ground in a game that looked destined for a washout but after a revised target, Cayman Islands pulled off a surprise victory against the Asian side to secure its first win of the tournament.

Cayman Islands took on Bahrain in a match where the in-form Bahrain looked set to win after Abali Hoilett’s side got off to a dismal start in the tournament with two losses back to back.

The match started late at the Indian Association, however remained at 50-over for the first innings – with Bahrain amassing a total of 208, with the help of stalwarts Adil Hanif and Tahir Dar. In-form Cayman Islander Conroy Wright once again led from the front, this time with the wicket taking and not run-making. The 26-year-old medium pacer dismissed key top order batsman Shahzad Ahmed for just three runs.

In reply, Cayman Islands got off to a good start, dismissing a newly promoted up the order Steve Gordon and captain Hoilett in the second and 18th over but then the rains came and the fate of the match would be decided also by Duckworth-Lewis. After heavy downpours at the ground, the Caribbean side was set a low target of 80 in just 21 overs – and one that wicketkeeper-batsman Omar Willis and Ramon Sealy managed to achieve for the side – thus grasping victory from the jaws of defeat.

Hoilett said of the win: “It’s really a relief to get the first win on the board. Wright once again showed for us that he’s the crunch player and he’s done great things for us. Hopefully now the rest of the side can follow the example he’s setting and we can continue our winning ways.

“We’re playing Argentina tomorrow, a side we’ve played a number of times and been victorious against, which is a boost obviously, but that being said we respect them as an opponent and we will go about the game with the respect it deserves, despite our record against them giving us some comfort ahead of the fixture.”

Scores in brief (Day Three)

Kallang  (Target 161 after match reduced to 39 overs)
Malaysia 184 all out, 49 overs (Shafiq 48, Madhavan 77 not out; Riaz 2-19, Shoaib 2-30, Mulewa 2-30)
Singapore 133 all out, 35.5 overs (Suryawanshi 46, Param 42; Aziz 2-22, Fetri 3-8)
Malaysia won by 27 runs (D/L Method)
Man of the Match: Rakesh Madhavan (Malaysia)

Singapore Cricket Club (Target 163 after match reduced from 42 overs to 29 overs)
Guernsey 213-7, 42 overs (Kneller 86; Ryan 3-53)
Argentina 133-9, 29 overs (Dugmore 42; Hooper 3-28)
Guernsey won by 29 runs (D/L Method)
Man of the Match: Ross Kneller (Guernsey)

Indian Association (Target 80 after match reduced to 21 overs)
Bahrain 208-9, 50 overs (Adil 56, Tahir 60 not out; Wright 3-59)
Cayman Islands 83-2, 20.3 overs (Willis 37 not out)
Cayman Islands won by eight wickets (D/L Method)
Man of the Match: Tahir Dar (Bahrain)

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