Bahamas will advance to the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship
Sat, Feb 9, 2013 2:59 AM
Argentina record their first points of the ICC Americas Division 2 Championship, played at the Haynes oval, in Nassau, Bahamas, with a 65 run victory over the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Argentina won the toss and elected to bat and lost both openers within the first three overs to very reckless shots. The innings had one partnership of note, between the reliable Martin Siri (29) from 28 balls with five 4’s, and Alejo Tissera (34) from 34 balls, with one 6 and two 4’s. No other of Argentina’s batsman got into double figures, as the Turks & Caicos bowlers maintained a steady grip on the proceedings and Argentina were eventually bowled out for 127 runs with 2 balls of the 20 overs remaining.
The Turks & Caicos innings were given a good start by the hard hitting lefthander Nuwan Bodhinayake (20) with two 6’s and a 4 from his 9 balls faced. He was the only batsman in the innings to cope with Argentina’s clever bowling changes and accuracy, and was bundled out for 63 runs to give Argentina a well-deserved victory by a 65 run margin.
In the afternoon match between Bahamas, the tournament leaders on net run rate, and second place Panama, Bahamas held their nerve to win by 9 runs in a pulsation game of cricket. This win secures the Bahamas position at the top of the table, and guarantees their promotion to the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At the Division 1 Championship, the top two teams will get the opportunity to represent the Americas Region and the ICC World T20 Qualifier scheduled for later in 2013.
Bahamas won the toss and elected to bat, posting a challenging 165/7 from their allotted 20 overs. There innings were built on a solid start from opener Marc Taylor (49) with five 4’s and a 6 from 44 balls, he had good support from his elder brother Gregory Taylor II (27) with three 4’s and one 6, Jonathan Barry (18), Julio Jemison (16), and Turan Brown (14).
In reply Panama lost Soyab Chohan without scoring and the crowd that gathered by this time erupted into jubilation. Panama however were not over and a spirited fight back by Imran Bulbulia (68) with nine 4’s and a 6, and captain Irfan Tarajia (46) with four 4’s and three 6’s, sent the home support into believing it was all gone. But the Bahamas captain Gregory Taylor II came into the attack and held his nerve admirably, he was meticulous with mode of delivery and the line was impeccable. Taylor figure’s read 4 overs, 21 runs and 2 wickets, including the all-important Irfan Tarajia, and then immediately afterwards Rajesh Ahir to put the contest beyond Panama and secure their place in the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship.