In a nail-biting finish at Western Stars CC today, the match between Argentina and Bahamas finished in a tie with both teams ending up with 333.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Argentina powered their way to an imposing 333 for 5 in their 50 overs, thanks largely to a brilliant innings of 138 from opening bat Lucas Paterlini. He hit 12 fours and 9 sixes off of 127 balls and provided his team with a great platform in the later overs. This was taken up in sublime fashion by veteran Donny Forrester, who blasted an unbeaten 71 off only 39 balls, with 5 fours and 4 sixes.
While many folk might have written off Bahamas chances at lunchtime and especially as they quickly slumped to 16 for 2; Rohan Parkes and Marc Taylor had other ideas. A blazing 197 run third wicket partnership in 17 overs firmly tilted the balance in the favour of the Bahamas with the score on 213 for 3 after a mere 20 overs with the dismissal of Parkes.
In that time he had blasted 133 runs to all parts of the ground in only 59 balls, hitting an amazing 14 fours and 11 sixes. Taylor played a brilliant innings of 93, with 6 fours and 8 sixes in only 57 balls. But his dismissal sparked an Argentina fightback, and although the runs kept flowing, wickets fell at regular intervals.
However, in only the 33rd over, and with Bahamas on 332 for 7, it looked all over bar the shouting. Drama was to follow as two wickets in two balls reduced the score to 332 for 9, and a tense finish. The finish could ultimately not have been more dramatic as the last Bahamas player was run out looking for the winning run, after having assuming the ball had gone for four.
The tie was significant as it the point meant Argentina finished fourth for the first time, their highest finish ever, in the Americas tournament, while heartbreakingly for the Bahamas the point was not enough to avoid sixth place, and relegation to Division 2.
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