Following the tragic passing of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes that struck the world by surprise overnight, the ICC Americas Men?s Division 2 paid tribute to his memory through a minute silence.
The first game at Brian Piccolo saw Cayman Islands taking on Suriname in what promised to be a tightly contested match. Unfortunately due to excessive rain in the lead up to the tournament, the match was delayed 1hr and 15 minutes, resulting in a reduced 14 overs per side match.
Cayman Islands won the toss and elected to field, giving the Suriname openers first look at a damp wicket. After losing an early wicket, Suriname consolidated, moving swiftly to 1-31 off 5 overs, before Shazam Ramjohn, was dismissed for 21, triggering a mini collapse threatened to derail their innings. Suriname were able to recover though, as they climbed to a respectable 6-84 off their 14 overs.
Needing 84 off 14 overs, Cayman Islands started brilliantly. Taking 15 off the first over. Omar Willis took apart the Suriname attack early, before being bowled by Andre Percival for 27. From here, Cayman Islands struggled to keep up with the required run rate, and when the 14th and final over commenced, they required 14 runs. This proved too much as they finished up 6-79
In the first match at CBRP Stadium, Argentina won the toss and elected to back against the Bahamas. Following a couple of quick wickets from Albert Peters and John Dolphin the Argentines had their back to the wall, but fought back to post a resilient 96 from their allotted 20 overs.
In response the Bahamas came out swinging, however this tactic faulted early, losing 2 quick wickets before Ryan Tappin stabilised the group with a solid 35. The Bahamas managed to reach the score with 2 balls remaining in the 19th over, with Ryan Tappin claiming man of the match honours for his solid innings with the bat and handy performance in the field.
The afternoons matches saw Argentina take on Suriname at Brian Piccolo Park, and after winning the toss and electing to bat, Argentina soon found themselves in deep trouble at 3-4 in the second over. Martin Siri got together with Hernan Williams and together they put on 43 for the 5th wicket. Solid contributions from the middle order saw Argentina reach 8-96 off 20 overs. Carlton Baker was the star with the ball capturing 3 wickets.
Suriname started the chase strong, moving swiftly to 0-24 off 3 overs. Sauid Drepaul joined Shazam Ramjohn and kept the score moving along before Ramjohn was dismissed for 23. Drepaul departed shortly after for 24 after some brilliant work in the field by Hernan Williams. This triggered a small collapse and some resilience from Argentina saw the game tighten, but ultimately it was too little too late, as Suriname cruised past the total in the 18th over to win by 4 wickets. Carlton Baker received man of the match honors for his 3-20 off 4 overs.
The final match at CBRP Stadium pitted Cayman Islands against Bahamas, with Bahamas winning the toss and electing to field. Cayman Islands made light work of the Bahamian bowling attack, with Dean McInnis making a quick fire 36 to lead the Cayman Islands to 6-122 off their 20 overs.
In reply, Bahamas never really got momentum in their innings, losing wickets at regular intervals. Lance Liston provided some resistance in the middle order, however it was all in vain as Cayman Islands restricted Bahamas to 7-90 off their 20 overs. Dean McInnis received Man of the Match honors for his efforts with the bat.