Argentina and Panama lead the standings with 6 points

Sat, Mar 8, 2014 1:11 PM

Argentina and Panama lead the standings with 6 points
Bernardo Irigoyen batted brilliantly for Argentina, and Gary Savage secured the victory against Belize.

Conway Young fought really hard for Belize, but Panama won by only 10 runs.

For second time in a row Argentina won the toss and elected to bat first, sending Belize to the field. Bernardo Irigoyen and Marc Rogers opened the batting brilliantly, scoring a magnificent partnership of 46 runs in 5.5 overs, until Rogers (19 of 21) was caught by Herbert Banner at mid-off, trying to play over the inner ring.

Local skipper Alejandro Ferguson went in at number 3, looking for another controlled innings, but couldn't emulate yesterday's performance versus Panama.

Argentina's third wicket partnership was crucial. Irigoyen and Hernan Williams (23) pushed the score up to 116 with five overs remaining. Trying to hit a straight six, the experienced opener got caught at mid-on, becoming Argentina's top scorer with an outstanding 75 out of 51 balls.

The middle order and tail failed while trying to get quick runs. They got just 14 runs in the last three overs losing four wickets, all caught in the boundary hitting for six.

Mykelt Anthony (3-24), Belize's best bowler, had a brilliant second spell taking two wickets for seven runs in two overs. The final score for the hosting team was 141-7.

An unexpected beginning marked the rest of the game. Belize's top order broke down while Argentina dominated the second inning having taken 4 wickets and permitting only 11 runs.

Opening bowler Hernan Fennell got a hat-trick ball in his dare first over, finishing with a double wicket madden. Esteban Mac Dermott sent the other two batsmen back to the pavilion.

Only when Anthony (55) and Gillett (20) where at the crease, they could resist the local attack and build a solid partnership in the seventh wicket of 57 runs.

Although Argentina dropped five catches during the whole innings, they managed to get them all out for 117 runs with four balls remaining to finish the match.

The locals won by 24 runs, having Hurlingham player Gary Savage awarded the best bowler and most economical of the game, taking four wickets and allowing nine runs in four overs. Hernan Fennell (3-25) also did a brilliant work with the ball.

Once the match was over, Bernardo Irigoyen won the "Man of the Match" award, scoring 75 runs off 51 balls and getting three catches.

After lunch, the Central American teams started the warm up. Panama faced Belize, who played two matches in the day.

Panama's captain Irfan Tarajia won the toss, choosing to bat first in a sticky pitch.

An early golden duck in the fourth ball of the inning (Mahmood Bhana) generated some hope in the team skipped by Dirk Sutherland, but Soyab Chohan and Aamir Patel had a different idea in mind.

The second wicket partnership of 60 runs in nine overs was vital to give Panama the possibility of sharing the first position of the ICC Americas Division 3 Championship with six points. Both Chohan (35 of 30) and Patel (25 of 31) got out in Dirk Sutherlands (3-11) spell.

Until the sixteenth over, Belize could increase their amount of runs to 110 due to individual efforts of Tarajia (22) and Ibrahim Vohra (16). Mykelt Anthony (4-16) bowled and fielded exceptionally to eliminate the rest of the team in the last four overs.

The dark blue team reached an acceptable target of 131 runs all out.

The second innings of the second match of the day started with Panama sending both opening batsman back to the pavilion in the first five overs but, with number three Conway Young in control of the situation, Belize was still alive.

Four partnerships were scored with the wicket-keeper in the crease, taking his team from 3 runs on the board up to 87, striking 46 of 38 balls (4 fours and 1 six).

Once Young was dismissed, Belize hit 32 runs from the following four overs, leaving the tail-enders the difficult task of getting 17 runs from the last over.

Ibrahim Vohra was the man in charge of bowling the last over of the game, and he didn't fail. He got one wicket and allowed only 6 runs, winning the match by 10 and putting Panama at the top of the standings together with Argentina with 6 points.

Sufian Tarajia bowled for 3-22 in four overs, getting the best figures of the inning, while companion Soeb Chaujam received the “Man of the Match” award.

Brief Scores Day 2:
Match 4: Argentina 141-7, 20 overs (B.Irigoyen 75, H.Williams 23, M.Anthony 3-24, K.Roca 2-25).
Belize 117 all out, 19.2 overs (M.Anthony 55, H.Gillett 20, G.Savage 4-9, H.Fennell 3-25).
Argentina won by 24.
Match 5: Panama 131 all out, 19.3 overs (S.Chohan 35, Patel 25, M.Anthony 4-16, D.Sutherlands 3-11).
Belize 121-8, 20 overs (C.Young 46, H.Banner 15, S.Tarajia 3-22, Ibrahim Vohra 2-12).
Panama won by 10 runs.

ICC Americas Division 3 Championship
Rank Team P W L T N/R Pts NRR
1 Argentina 2 2 0 0 0 6 +1.5
2 Panama 3 2 1 0 0 6 -0.267
3 Beliza 2 0 2 0 0 0 -0.267

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