Bahamas maintain unbeaten record

Sat, Feb 6, 2010 12:29 PM


Bahamas maintain unbeaten record
The Bahamas maintained its unbeaten record at the ICC Americas Division 2 after overcoming Panama on Friday.

A second wicket partnership between H. Roye (74) and R. Tappin (98) of 172 runs set the home team well on the way to another 300 run innings.

The Panamian bowling attack of all medium pace bowling really did not bother the home side and they pretty much had things their way in reaching their total of 300 runs.

It was unfortunate for Ryan Tappin (98) not to get his century which lasted 118 balls and included eleven fours and two sixes.

When Panama started their innings the home side looked rather nervous, poor line and length from their opening bowlers and a rather weak effort in the field saw the visitors reaching 79 in the first 10 overs.

There were several very nervous fans as Bahamas had to win this game to keep their place in Division 8 of the World Cricket League.

Hearts that stopped beating resumed again when Narenda Ekanyake was brought into the attack.

A very cleaver left arm spinner, Ekanyake soon turned the tide in favour of the home side as he dismissed six batsmen for a mere eighteen runs in his ten overs. His effort not only brought victory to the home side but earned him Man of the Match.

In the other match of the day at Windsor Park, the battle between the winless teams saw Turks and Caicos come out on top to retain their place in Division 2.

Brazil won the toss and elected to bat. Another fine innings by their Skipper and tournament run leader Gregor Caisley was the highlight of the South Americans innings. His 130 in 113 included 13 fours and 2 sixes .

He was supported by his fellow opener G. Lefevre (46) but no other batsman could offer any support and Brazil was all out for 244. In most games it is a formidable target but runs have not been scarce this week and Turks and Caicos proved it was not difficult to get.

Opener Rohan Ash fell three short of the century but Douglas Brown did not. His 104 was scored in just 71 balls and included 13 fours and 5 sixes. He was the easy pick for Man of the Match as his efforts assured that Turks and Caicos would remain in Division 2 next time round.

Ironically winless Brazil can claim to have both the batting and bowling leaders of the tournament as G. Caisley leads all batters with 250 runs while R. Hartmann leads the bowlers with 12 wickets.

The tournament concludes on Saturday with Suriname playing Bahamas while Panama plays Turks and Caicos. Brazil gets the day off.

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