Panama back to winning ways on Day 3

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 5:47 AM

Panama back to winning ways on Day 3
Panama back to its winning ways on day 3, with a compressive 29 run victory against Argentina, at the ICC Americas Division 2 Championship in Nassau, Bahamas.

Panama won the toss and elected to bat first with the inform Soyab Chohan compiling a polished (42) from 39 balls with four 4's and two 6's. Argentina had no answer to the Panama batsmen, and runs flowed from the bat with regularity. Rajesh Ahir (42) from 25 balls, Bharat Ahir (20), and Mahmud Bhana (19) n/o from 18 balls were the main contributors as Panama closed their Innings on 150/7 from their allotted overs.

In Argentina's reply Lucas Paterlini was run-out at the bowlers end backing up too far for 17 runs, as tempers were raised by the decision of the Panama captain to uphold the appeal, and the umpire was obligated to give the batsman out. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, and only Martin Siri with a spirited (58) from 58 balls gave any resistance to the Panama attack. Brahim Vhora with 2/24 from 4 overs, Imran Bulbulia with 3/22 from 4 overs, and Irfan Tarajia with 2/22 from his 4 overs, confined Argentina to their second defeat in the tournament that left them on the bottom of the table.

In the afternoon Belize pulled off a most unlikely victory to win by 3 wickets against Tusks & Caicos. The Turks & Caicos Islands won the toss and elect to bat first and compiled a respectable 142/8 from their 20 overs.

Gareth Butler with a well-played (46) anchored the innings and had good support from fellow opener Nuwan Bodhinayake (24) with two 6's and two 4s, Damian St Ange (23) and Garvin Bruno (18). The Turks & Caicos players probably thought that their total was more than enough, as Belize in reply soon found themselves 28/3 in the third over and soon after 50/6, but Conway Young watching most of this action from the non-strikers end played a magnificent innings. He manipulated the ball into the gaps and kept the score board ticking, he found a reliable partner in the number 8 batsman, Howell Gillett, and the pair added 67 for the 6th wicket before Gillett was out with 10 runs still required for the win. It was Andrew Banner with a towering six over the long-on boundary that took the Belize team home and their first points of the tournament, a well-deserved victory to compliment the innings played by Young, who deservedly won the Man of the match award for his efforts.

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