Suriname holds its nerve to reach the 50 over play-off

Thu, Apr 14, 2011 10:59 AM


Suriname holds its nerve to reach the 50 over play-off
Panama wins both games on final day to qualify to the play-offs by run rate over Belize and Turks & Caicos Islands

In a day filled of several mathematical possibilities the host Suriname 154/4 defeated the Bahamas by 6 wickets to clinch a place in the promotional play off to be held tomorrow at Snellenpark.

Bahamas won the toss and with good scores from Whitcliff Atkinson (61) and Jonathan Barry (58) n/o, and finished on 152/6 in 20 overs. However this was never enough on a lightning out field, and superb batting conditions in what was the best weather we have seen so far this week. The Suriname batters took full use of the conditions and led by Captain Vishual Singh (45), Mohindra Boodram (40) and Shazam Ramjohn (38) cruised to victory and a playoff date with Panama.

Panama's morning game saw them end on 127/all and defeat Suriname, 60 all out, to give themselves a chance of Qualifying for the playoff. Soyab Chohan continued his good form and make (34); he was supported well by Irfan Tarajia (34), and Tarick Daya (19). At the halfway stage Suriname looked set to send the Panamanians packing, but good bowling and some poor batting from the host, put Panama back on track for victory and a show down with the out of sorts Brazil in the afternoon.

Belize started the day in second position with 4 points and was very much the surprise package. Victory would automatically put them closer to the playoff match, and Bahamas did not disappoint them. Belize 158/5 was built around Conway Young (42), Warren Anthony (29), Kene Broaster (29) n/o, and Mykelt Anthony (25). Only Ryan Tappin (31) and Rudolph Fox (18) made any impression on the Belizean bowlers and soon the Bahamians succumbed to the pressure to be dismissed for 110 to give Belize victory by 48 runs.

Brief scores:

At Snellenpark: Brazil 144/9, Turks & Caicos Islands 146/3; Turks & Caicos won by 7 wickets.

At SPI Veld: Belize 107/all out, Turks & Caicos 110/8; Turks & Caicos won by 2 wickets.

At Owru Cul: Brazil 60/all out, Panama 62/6; Panama won by 4 wickets.

Tomorrow's game will see Suriname versus Panama in a 50 over play off, where the winner will qualify for a place in the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship and also will be the regional representative in next year's World Cricket League Division 8.

ICC Americas Division 2 table

Team Played Won Lost Tie Points NRR For Overs Against Overs
SURINAME 5 4 1 0 8 0.321 437 75 523 95
PANAMA 5 3 2 0 6 1.359 546 75.9 521 89.3
BELIZE 5 3 2 0 6 0.919 595 89.3 440 76.6
TURKS & CAICOS 5 3 2 0 6 -0.187 564 83 560 80.2
BAHAMAS 5 2 3 0 4 -0.555 548 84.1 495 70
BRAZIL 5 0 5 0 0 -2.578 416 81 567 73.5

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