A fighting half century from Belize's Sherwin Roca batting at number six, ensured his side's 100 per cent record was maintained on day two of the ICC Americas Regional U/19 tournament in Buenos Aries.
The in-form right-hander stroked a timely 60 off 53 deliveries as the tournament leaders set a respectable total of 184 in 33.4 overs, at the Hurlingham ground.
He had support from Emmanuel McFadean with 30 from 43 balls and Jaman Flower 17 from 24 balls. But none of them went on when looked set.
The Chilean bowlers did extremely well to contain the Belize batsmen who at times threw caution to the wind, but Cristian Eyzaguirre and Matias Van Hooydonck with 3 wickets each for 28 and 66 respectively kept their nerve after winning the toss and sent Belize into bat.
When Chile replied they batsmen found runs hard to come by and only managed 13 runs from the first 15 overs losing 3 wickets in the process. The only batsman to register double figures was Matias Van Hoodock with 15 from 30 balls.
In the other game of the day at Belgrano, host Argentina went down to Suriname in a thrilling low scoring game. Suriname won the toss and elected to bat first on a green but slow pitch and soon found the going hard for the top order batsmen in the face of some fine left hand seam bowling by Santiago Ingoyen who swung the ball back into the right handers with great effect. He removed both openers to leave the visitors reeling at 3 -5 in the fourth over.
He was well supported by all the bowlers, who kept the scoring to a minimum, but with the introduction of 14 year old leg spinner Lautaro Dusiani in the seventeenth over, the host Argentina took full control of the game at that stage. Dusiani with only his eight delivery brought forward Shilton Jubithana who was neatly caught at first slip by Martin Rost.
Dusaini went on to take 3-6 from 5.4 well flighted overs and in tandum with slow medium bowler Pedro Arrighi accounted for the last six wickets.for 26 runs between them.
At this stage it looked like a no contest and an early finish to proceedings – however, the Surinamese had different ideas. An inspired spell of swing bowling from the Surinamese openers soon threw the game wide open.
Sanfeev Thangroo operating from the northern end of the ground bowled Golonel Gonzales with only the third ball of the innings. Captain Giovani Gokoel then took two wickets in his second over from the south end and two more wickets then fell to leave the host reeling at 5-27 in the eleventh over.
Pedro Arrighi mixed aggression with common sense and looked set to take the host to an amazing victory, but he was superbly run out for a well played 23 from 42 balls and the contest was all but over.
Batting at number 10 Santigo Ingoyen hit two lusty blows to give the home team some hope, but he was bowled for 9 by Ramario Raufiawan who kept his nerve and finished with 3-12 from 7.2 overs, to rout the host for 70 runs. Suriname won the game by 14 runs to keep their hopes of winning the tournament alive.