The top three teams overpowered its opposition on the opening day of the ICC Americas U/19 Regional Qualifier in Canada on Monday.
A long wet summer in Toronto made conditions very difficult for the ground crew at Maple Leaf Cricket Club, but under the supervision of Grounds Manager Austin Ward, three excellent pitches were prepared for Day One of the event.
The first game between Argentina and defending champions Bermuda lasted just over three hours with Bermuda coasting to an easy eight-wicket victory.
Argentina won the toss and elected to bat but it soon lost wickets at regular intervals to be all out for 89 in just 33.3 overs. Christopher Douglas was the pick of the bowlers for Bermuda with his 4-4 in just 3.3 overs. Gabriel Gonsalez Sutil top scored for the South American side with his 20 runs.
Bermuda easily passed the required target in just 13.3 overs for the loss of just two wickets. The batsmen were helped by a rather untidy bowling performance by Argentina with its bowlers contributing 37 extras to what was a modest target. For his outstanding all-round performance, Christopher Douglas was named Player of the Match.
The second game was also a one-sided affair with USA putting on an impressive batting display against the Bahamas to win by 249 runs. Bahamas won the toss and elected to field first. USA batsmen wasted no time in putting on the runs as openers Abhijit Joshi (29) and Henry Wardley smashed their way to an 82-run opening partnership. South African-born Wardley, an impressive left hand batsman, shared another partnership for the fourth wicket of 77 runs with Gregory Sewdial (57).
USA ended its innings with a huge total of 325 runs for the loss of nine wickets. Wardley (73) was the top scorer, followed by Sewdial who smashed five sixes. Top bowler for the Bahamas was Orlando Stuart taking four wickets for a very expensive 79 runs in 10 overs.
In reply, Bahamas did not make an attempt to chase the mammoth total but instead gained valuable practice batting 35 overs to be dismissed for 76 runs. Wicket keeper and opening batsman Turan Brown batted for his entire team innings to top score with an unbeaten 32 but was unable to find a strong partnership to keep the runs flowing. For his brilliant innings of 73 runs, Wardley was named Player of the Match.
The last game of the day was also an easy victory for tournament favourites and hosts Canada. Cayman Islands won the toss and elected to bat. Canada wasted no time in sending back two key batsmen - skipper Ramon Sealy (9) and Darren Cato (0) with only 16 runs on the board. Pace bowler Arsalan Qadir took 3-26 while Zain Mahmood captured 3-4. The top scorers for Cayman Islands were Zachary McLaughlin (20) and Sacha DeAlwis (28).
Canada had no difficulty chasing the modest score of 84 with its openers Hiral Patel (53) and Ruvindu Gunasekera (20) sharing an unbeaten opening partnership of 85 runs in just 8.4 overs to win by ten wickets. Zain Mahmood was named Player of the Match for his fine bowling spell of 3-4.
For a list of scorecards from day one please click here
The next day's fixtures are as follows:
Cayman Islands vs Bermuda
Bahamas vs Canada
USA vs Argentina