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History of cricket
Cayman Islands cricket history has a familiar ring to it, similar to other West Indian countries. From 1940, cricket was played in these islands on mud or marl pitches. Most matches were played between the districts of West Bay and George Town. Matches were organised to coincide with visits from Royal Navy ships. In 1970, a competitive league involving five teams began. In 1973, a ground and pavilion was developed and named Smith Road Oval. The venue is now referred to as the Mecca of cricketing excitement in Cayman Islands.
The fast development of the Cayman economy through the tourism and financial industries, brought large numbers of expatriates and among them, many cricketers. The league was expanded and this increased the profile of the sport. A school team was then included as more boys began playing. In 1996, cricket joined five other sporting disciplines in a group of focus sports. The Government appointed a coach to assist the local association in reorganising its constitution and implementing a development programme and by 1997, Cayman Islands was accepted as an Affiliate Member of the ICC and progressed to Associate Membership in 2002.
Cayman Islands' national team first entered regional tournaments in 2000 as an Affiliate country competing against the Associates: Argentina, Bermuda, Canada and USA. Some of the outstanding achievements in the country's brief history are participating in the West Indies regional one-day tournament in 2000 against Guyana, Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Bermuda; achieving first place in the ICC Americas Affiliate tournament held in Jamaica in 2001 involving Bahamas, Suriname and Turks and Caicos and coming in fifth place winning the Plate tournament in the World Cup Qualifying Tournament Division 5 in Malaysia 2005.
Cayman Islands achieved fourth place in the World Cricket League Division 3 in Darwin, Australia 2007, where the competing countries included Uganda, Argentina, PNG, Tanzania, Hong Kong, Italy and Fiji. Cayman Islands competed in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009 placing fifth against Afghanistan, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong and Argentina. Its lowly placing meant it dropped down to World Cricket League Division Four, in which it will compete in the August 2010 tournament in Italy.
Some of the leading current Cayman Islands players are:
Steve Gordon, who struck 168 not out against Suriname in the ICC Americas Affiliate Tournament in Jamaica in 2001 and 108 not out against Tanzania, in the World Cricket League Division 3 tournament in Darwin, Australia, 2007. This was part of a record opening partnership with Ainsley Hall who made 100 not out.
Ryan Bovell, named Most Valuable Player at the ICC Americas Associate Tournament in Argentina in 2002.
Troy Taylor, named Most Outstanding Bowler at the ICC Americas U19 Tournament in Canada in 2003.
Joseph Kirkconnell, 112 n.o. against Argentina at the ICC Americas U19 Tournament in Canada in 2003.
Pearson Best, 116 not out against Argentina in the ICC Americas Associate Tournament in Canada in 2006 and 109 against Argentina in the ICC Americas Championships in Fort Lauderdale, USA in 2008.
Ronald Ebanks and Troy Taylor, first and second respectively, as the Best Bowlers in ICC Americas Associate Tournament in Canada in 2006.
Ramon Sealy, Most Valuable Player in the ICC Americas U19 tournament in Canada 2007.
Cayman Islands has produced outstanding umpires in the region. Presently three umpires, Courtney Young, Kenneth Miller and Chabienauth Samaroo are on the ICC Americas panel. These achievements have been after only seven years of intense international competitions. Mention must be made of pioneers James Powell, Grand Master of Cayman Islands cricket, Derek Wight, administrator and a key person involved in the development of Smith Road Oval and twins David and Christopher Wight who represented the country with distinction for 30 years.
2009 brought a record number of teams (20) in both men (17) and women (3) tournaments. The main domestic leagues are the CLICO CAYMAN Division 1, which consists of seven teams, CLICO CAYMAN Division 2, which consists of 10 teams and BRITISH AMERICAN INSURANCE Women's League which consists of three teams. These teams compete in both league and knockout competitions. The season runs from January to July. In addition to these leagues, there are also primary schools tournaments comprising of 10 teams and two secondary schools, tournaments of seven teams each at U15 and U17 respectively. These school competitions are all limited-overs.
The National Coaching Programme caters to youngsters in primary and secondary schools between the ages of 8 and 17. Sessions are organised at 16 venues. A youth team participates in senior competitions. Courses are organised for umpires and coaches annually. Cayman Islands Cricket Association (CICA), in partnership with the government, has developed and maintained playing fields and practice surfaces and to this end there are plans to develop a further four cricket fields to complement the establishment of additional schools on the islands. The Jimmy Powell Oval Pavilion was formally opened in April 2009. This completed phase one of the development of this project.