Bovell stars with bat and ball to secure victory
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Cayman Islands kicked off its Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 4 (WCL Div. 4) in style today by defeating Argentina by five wickets.
The match, having been abandoned yesterday at Medicina, was replayed today at Pianoro and saw the Cayman Islands team prove their worth with both bat and ball against the South American side.
Having won the toss Saheed Mohamed chose to field which proved to be a good choice with the team restricting Argentina to 160 in its 50 overs.
Opening batsman Matias Paterlini departed early after being caught behind by Cayman Islands' wicketkeeper Ramon Sealy.
Grant Dugmore, Gary Savage and Diego Forrester all performed well with the bat but the Caribbean side's bowling and fielding proved too strong.
Ryan Bovell had a good day bowling, taking 2-17 and collecting one catch while out patrolling the boundary while Marlon Bryan claimed 3-32 and Sealy proved key behind the stumps - running out middle-order batsman Tomas Francis for four runs.
After the innings break things did go according to plan for the Cayman Islanders, with both openers Ricardo Roach and Sealy departing for ducks, it was then up to the 46-year-old Pearson Best to steady the ship with a quick-fire 55 off 32 balls, including seven boundaries and three sixes.
After the departure of Abali Hoilett and Mohamed it was up to Bovell to steer the side home alongside Ronald Ebanks.
Bovell's innings of 53 not out earned him man of the match, his first for this tournament.
"It was great to secure our first win today and against a side we know well in the form of Argentina. We played them in the ICC Americas tournament in Bermuda recently and lost so it was good to be victorious on this occasion," said Bovell.
"I think we played good disciplined cricket and stayed focused on our game plan and ended up executing it well. We now need to maintain the momentum of today's win into tomorrow's fixture against the USA, he concluded.
Score summary (day two replay):
At Pianoro: Argentina 160-8, 50 overs (Ferguson 37, Savage 33; Bryan 3-32, Bovell 2-17)
Cayman Islands 164-5, 33 overs (Best 55, Bovell 53 not out; Lord 2-41)
Cayman Islands win by five wickets
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