The Americas Championship got under way in Florida yesterday, and we nearly saw the first upset of the tournament as Argentina pushed Canada pretty close at Brian Piccolo Park.

Argentina chose to bat first after winning their toss, and their innings owed much to player-coach Hamish Barton. He held the innings together as none of the other batsmen could get a start, and it wasn't until number eight Lucas Paterlini scored a quick-fire 25 that anyone else contributed.

Barton was left stranded at the end of the innings on 99 not out in Argentina's total of 191/7. Canada's reply didn't go exactly as they would have planned, and only Asif Mulla capitalised on his start by scoring 55.

Canada lost wickets regularly, with Gary Savage, Diego Lord and Estaban MacDermott all taking three wickets each. With the Canadians reduced to 184/9 and numbers ten and eleven at the crease, Argentina looked to be on the verge of a famous upset and only their second win in Division One of the Americas Championship.

But Henry Osinde managed to stay in and score nine runs to take Canada past their target and to a one wicket win with two overs to spare.

Meanwhile over at Broward County Stadium, Bermuda were playing the Cayman Islands on the turf wicket. The Caymans put their fellow islanders into bat, and Bermuda scored 220/7 from their 50 overs, David Hemp top scoring with an unbeaten 51.

In reply, no Cayman batsman really got a start, and they were restricted to 147/9 from their 50 overs. Christopher Douglas was the pick of the Bermuda bowlers with 4/18 as his team won by 73 runs.

On the venue's artificial wicket, debutants Suriname took on the hosts and were beaten heavily. The USA chose to bat first and their innings was about one man. Sushi Nadkarni clubbed 197 from 132 balls. Captain Steve Massiah made the second highest score of 62.

Nadkarni was eventually dismissed just short of his 200, caught by Zahir Doekhie off the bowling of Suriname captain Deoraj Sewanan. In amongst all the carnage, credit must go to the bowling of Sanjai Oemraw, who went for just 37 runs from his ten overs, taking two wickets in the process.

Suriname collapsed in their reply, Timroy Allen taking five wickets for just seven runs as they were bowled out for 60, only two batsmen making double figures. USA thus won by 305 runs.

Tomorrow's matches see Bermuda play Suriname, Canada play the Cayman Islands and the USA play Argentina.