Three centuries and over 1100 runs were scored in the third day of the two Pepsi ICC Americas Division 2 games played on Wednesday in Nassau, Bahamas.
Hosts Bahamas continued its unbeaten run with a 190-run victory over Turks and Caicos. Winning the toss, Bahama elected to bat on the artificial pitch at Windsor Park. Left-hander opener Marc Taylor was in fine form smashing 141 runs in just 88 balls including six fours and eleven sixes. Taylor found a willing and capable partner in number four batsman Jonathan Barry who also scored a century (117). His knock lasted 132 balls and included thirteen fours and two sixes. The two were responsible for a third-wicket partnership of 147 runs lifting Bahamas to 363-4 in its 50 overs.
Turks & Caicos used its innings to gain valuable batting practice as the batsmen replied with 173 while losing only four wickets in its 50 overs. Useful knocks came from Rohan Ash (60) and Douglas Browne (54 not out). Marc Taylor with his brilliant innings of 141 was named Man of the Match.
In the second game played at Haynes Oval, Suriname improved its record to remain in the hunt for the championship after a first-day loss to Panama by 122 runs.
Brazil continued to show remarkable improvement in its batting even though it went down to its third straight defeat.
Suriname won the toss and elected to bat and soon had things going its way. An opening partnership of 137 runs set the stage for another large score as it reached 387-5 in 50 overs. Opener Vishaul Singh recorded the highest individual score of the tournament with his brilliant knock of 159 in 118 balls. His innings included 20 fours and five sixes. He was well-supported by fellow opener Deoraj Sewanan who scored a useful 73. Rudyard Hartmann was again effective picking up figures of 3-77 in 10 overs.
Brazil began with a fighting reply even after its captain G. Caisley (45) was unfortunately run out after getting the innings to a respectable start. The middle order continued the fight back, led by a fine innings of 67 not out by Guilherme Lefevre. With little chance of achieving its target, Brazil batsmen applied themselves well to gain valuable experience finishing the innings with 220-5 in 50 overs. Shazam Ramjohn captured 3-34 for Suriname while Vishaul Singh was named Man of the Match.
The teams get a well-earned day off on Thursday with play resuming on Friday when Bahamas will meet Panama at the Haynes Oval while Turks & Caicos plays Brazil at Windsor Park.
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