Canada and Bermuda roll on day 2
The second day of the tournament saw host team Canada play their first game, after having had their bye in the first round yesterday. Their opposition - Argentina - showed little resistance as Canada romped to a dominant 9-wicket victory, showing why they are among the favourites in this tournament.
Canadian captain Abishek Krishnamoorthy won the toss, and invited Argentina to bat first. It proved to be a great decision, as the Canadian bowlers slashed through the Argentine lineup, taking wickets early and often. The first to perform was Usman Iqbal, who began by bowling Augusto Mustafa with the score on 10. Captain Tomas Birnie and Pedro Bruno followed soon after, also courtesy of Iqbal's superb bowling, finishing with figures of 3-16 off 6 overs. The middle and bottom order was cared for by Pratik Patel and Asif Manjra, who took 3 wickets each, conceding 26 and 9 runs respectively. Kevin James, who had bowled a strong, but wicketless opening spell returned to claim the final wicket, bowling Ignacio Fermani.
The only bright spot for Argentina - and it was just barely bright - was #11 batsman Hernan Ferrell, who was the only man to reach double digits with his not out 11, made off 15 balls. Canada's bowlers were reasonably accurate, conceding only 13 extras (11 of them wides) and Argentina was bowled out for 64 runs, lasting 27.5 overs in their innings.
It was always going to be an easy chase for Canada, and the result was never in doubt during their innings. Ruvindu Gunasekara did most of the damage, scoring a quickfire 35 not out off just 33 balls, using the boundary 5 times in his innings. The only wicket to fall was that of Masjid Usman, who tried to bat a bit too aggressively and skied a ball to Ignacio Redruello at cover off the bowling of Pedro Bruno. Canada overtook the modest total in just 9.5 overs, half an hour before the scheduled lunch break!
In the other match, the Cayman Islands batted first, and started slowly. They scored just 10 runs off the first 11 overs, thanks to brilliant opening spells from Stefan Kelly and Malachi Jones of Bermuda. Opening batsman Ramon Sealy anchored the Cayman innings. After seeing 4 of his countrymen return to the pavilion, leaving the score on 41 for 4, he found a partner in Vincent Ebanks. Their partnership for the 5th wicket reached 98 runs before Sealy was bowled by Malachi Jones, having made 67 valuable runs. Ebanks total reached 38, and the Cayman Islands were all out for 165, batting for 48.2 overs. Jones was the top bowler for his side, taking 4-38 in 9 overs.
In the afternoon session, the Bermudian batsmen showed their style, while the Cayman bowlers wilted under the sun. 33 Wides were bowled, and the rest was taken care of by the batsmen, who chased down the target in just 30.4 overs. The leading bat was Malachi Jones, who made a strong 41 not out. His performance, combined with his bowling in the morning session, earned him an obvious man of the match award. He was partnered well by captain Rodney Trott, who made 37 not out.
So Bermuda sit at the top of the table on maxium 4 points, followed by Canada and the Cayman Islands on 2 points, and Bahamas and Argentina with 0 points. The schedule for the tournament has been changed, with Thursday's games being brought forward to Wednesday, and Thursday becoming the rest day. The change has been made due to some ominous weather reports for Thursday. So tomorrow we will see Canada take on the Bahamas, and Argentina against Bermuda. Both matches that seem to have predictable results, but in the game of cricket, one never knows. Join us for LIVE scores again tomorrow.