Panama and Bahamas open with wins at the ICC Americas Division 2 Championship
Wed, Feb 6, 2013 4:11 AM
In the opening game of the ICC Americas Division 2 Championship at the Haynes Oval in Nassau, Bahamas, Panama won the toss and elected to field first in brilliant Bahamian sunshine. Belize got off to a slow start, with opener Howell Gillett only managing 3 runs from his 20 balls faced before he lost his wicket midway through the 7th over. Conway Young with a better than run a ball, 34 from his 32 balls faced, was the Belize top scorer and arguably their best batsman as Belize finished on 116 runs for 9 wickets from their allotted 20 overs.
In reply Panama paced themselves very well, and completed a comfortable victory by 4 wickets with 10 balls to spare. Mahmud Bhana was top scorer with 32 runs not-out from 23 balls. He was supported by opener Imran Bulbulia, who scored 26 runs from 34 balls.
In the feature game of the day, the host Bahamas was victorious against Argentina by a margin of 14 runs as the game lived up to its billing. Bahamas won the toss and elected to bat in perfect conditions. Openers Marc Taylor and Julio Jemison got the host off to a decent star with 26 runs before Jemison was first out for 11 runs midway through the 4th over. Taylor would soon follow two overs later for a well played 20 runs, this brought to the wicket Jonathan Barry and he soon got into his stride with some handsome strokes, and found good support from Ryan Tappin. The pair added 59 runs for the third wicket and Barry was the more aggressive with five 4’s and three 6's in his 31 ball knock, scoring 45 runs, with Tappin contributing 38 from 33 balls with three 4’s and two 6’s. The innings was further boosted by Albert Peters 19 runs in 8 balls that included two 4’s and a 6, as the host finished on 160 runs for 8 wickets.
Argentina could not ask for a better start in reply to what was a challenging total. Lucas Paterlini smashed four 4’s, in the first over on the Argentine innings and it was game on. He belted a further two boundaries in the second over, however was then bowled by Jonathan Barry after contributing 25 runs from 13 balls as the South Americans lost their first wicket with the score on 27 after 2.3 overs. Argentina gave the host a scare as Martin Siri posted 45 runs from 27 balls and Alejandro Ferguson added 32 runs from 29 balls. The host however held their nerve and the Argentine innings fell away towards the end as they finished on 146 for 6 from their allotted overs.