Panama chased the record target to date of 176 runs in the ICC Americas Div2 Championship played at the Snellenpark in Suriname against Turks & Caicos.
Batting first, the Turks & Caicos innings was lead by a brilliant 88 from Gavin Bruno batting at number 3. Bruno shared a second wicket partnership with opener Gareth Butler 32, and a 67 run unbroken third wicket partnership with Rohan Ash 35 n/o, but the game was far from over as the showers we saw on the first two days stayed away at least for the morning.
In reply Panama was off to the best possible start as Soyab Chohan took 20 from the first over and 18 from the second before he was bowled. Panama?s (50) came up in the 4th over and the power play overs yielded 63 runs. Tarick Daya continued the onslaught and he brought up his half century from only 38 balls. Turks & Caicos took wickets with frequency, but the Panamanians reached the target with 8 balls to spear to with by 3 wickets in what has been the first full day of cricket in the 2011 Division 2 Championship.
Brazil won the toss at the Owru Cul ground in sunny conditions and sent the Belizeans in to bat, a decision that they would live to regret as the promoted Central Americans, would dominate, to win by 76 runs.
Belize controlled the game apart for the first over when opener Dorian Gabb was out for one. This was followed by a partnership of 95 between Conway Young 39, and Warren Anthony 45. Runs continued to flow from the bat of the Belizeans batsmen. Mykelt Anthony made 28 with 3 towering sixes and Kene Broaster was run out off the last delivery of the innings for a well played 23 to take the final score to 166/6 from 20 overs.
Brazil in reply found runs difficult to come by and only Australian born Greigor Caisley, with 27, at the top of the order put up any resistance to the nagging length and line of the Belize Captain Dirk Sutherland 4/19. Brazil was finally restricted to 90/5 in 20 overs and defeat by 76 runs.
The afternoon games saw Bahamas 136/7 defeat Panama 98/all out by 39 runs at Snellenpark and at Owru Cul host Suriname 84/2 comfortably defeated Turks & Caicos 83/9 to maintain top spot going into the play for the championship.
At Snellenpark: Turks & Caicos 176/2, 20 overs (Gavin Bruno 88, Rohan Ash 35, Gareth Butler 32)
Panama: 176/7, 18.4 overs (Tarick Daya 56, Soyab Chohan 38, Ibrahim Vhora 19, Haroon Badat 19, Irfan Tarajia 18; Howard Dickenson 2/34, Gavin Bruno 2/31)
Panama won by 3 wickets
MOM: Tarick Daya.
At Owru Cul: Belize 166/6, 20 overs (Warren Anthony 45, Conway Young 39, Mykelt Anthony 28, Kene Broaster 23; Daniel Miziari 2/45)
Brazil: 90/5, 20 overs (Greigor Caisley 27; Dirk Sutherland 4/19)
MOM: Dirk Sutherland.
ICC Americas Division 2 Points table (as of April 11, 2011)
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Tomorrow: Rest Day
Wednesday's fixtures: Brazil v Turks & Caicos, Belize v Bahamas, Suriname v Panama, Bahamas v Suriname, Belize v Turks & Caicos, Panama v Brazil
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