Bermuda were crowned as cricket champions of the Americas region, for the first time in their history, without even bowling a ball today in Toronto, Canada.
Having completed their four scheduled matches yesterday, they were forced to look on hoping that the USA would slip up against Canada. The Canadians completed a decisive 10 wicket victory over the USA to give the Bermudans the title.
Bermuda, coached by former West Indies international Gus Logie, and captained superbly by Irving Romaine, now proudly join the roster of Americas champions alongside Canada (2000 and 2004) and the USA (2002).
It was too little, too late, for Canada as they crushed title contenders USA by 10 wickets, thus giving Bermuda their first ever Americas Championship title.
After a faltering start to the event, with two losses on the first two days, the Canadians improved dramatically over the final half of the tournament to ultimately claim third place, still their worst ever finish at this event.
For the United States, it was a disastrous day when it had dawned with them only a win away from claiming the Americas cricket championship title. Their much-vaunted top-order failed for the first time in the tournament, and the Canadian twin spin attack of Davison and Sandher nailed down the rest of the USA innings.
With only Carl Wright, with 31 in 51 balls, including 2 fours, and Gowkaran Roopnarine, 25, getting some runs on the board, the USA were bundled out for only 116 in 32,4 overs.
Canada needed only four bowlers, who all delivered the goods on the day. Opening bowlers Austin Codrington, 1 for 27, and Steve Welsh, 2 for 35, did the initial damage, and the rest was left to spinners John Davison, 3 for 22, and Kevin Sandher, 3 for 24.
The Canadians showed no mercy in racing to a comprehensive victory by 10 wickets as opening pair John Davison and Sandeep Jyoti polished off the runs required in a mere 16,4 overs. Man of the match Davison ended undefeated on 58, off 55 balls, smashing 5 fours and a six, while Jyoti was not out on 47, in 49 balls with 5 fours.
Thus USA finished in second place, their new-look team certainly showing vast potential for a US resurgence on the global cricket stage, while Canada, ending in third spot, have plenty still to think about ahead of their big challenge at next year's World Cup.