As Division One of the Americas Championship reaches the halfway stage, Canada are out in front after beating the USA yesterday. Bermuda picked up their first win of the tournament when they beat Suriname.

The latest instalment of international cricket's oldest rivalry took place in the morning, with the USA winning the toss and choosing to bat in what was the first USA v Canada match in the USA held outside of Florida since the 1994 contest in Brooklyn.

The USA innings started well with Steven Taylor and Fahad Babar putting on 51 for the first wicket in 8.5 overs before Babar was out for 31. Taylor stayed in until the 17th over to score 46, with his team reaching 124-5 after the 19th over.

Any hopes of a big final over were dashed when Cecil Pervez took three wickets - with a run out also occurring - in the final over to restrict the home side to 127-9 from their 20 overs.

Canada lost Rizwan Cheema in the 4th over of their reply, but Ruvindu Gunasekera and Nitish Kumar put on 74 for the second wicket to swing the game Canada's reply. Both those two batsmen were out in quick succession, for 51 and 32 respectively, and Navneet Dhaliwal was out for a duck, but Canada survived that brief blip to complete a six wicket win with 8 balls to spare.

In the afternoon game, Bermuda won the toss and chose to bat first against Suriname. David Hemp turned back the clock for his country of birth, scoring a 57 ball 72 that belied his age of 44. He shared in an unbroken 90 for the third wicket with Janeiro Tucker to help take Bermuda to 142-2 from their 20 overs.

Suriname folded in reply, with only Gavin Singh reaching double figures. They lasted 18.1 overs, but were bowled out for just 55 to lose by 87 runs.

Today is a rest day and the tournament and it will resume tomorrow as we repeat the fixtures of the first day. Hosts USA will play Bermuda in the morning, hoping to get their tournament back on track with a win. Canada will then play Suriname in the afternoon.


USA lost to Canada by 6 wickets
World Sports Park, Indianapolis, 6 May
USA 127-9 (20 overs, S Taylor 46, C Pervez 3-9)
Canada 131-4 (18.4 overs, R Gunasekera 51)

Bermuda beat Suriname by 87 runs
World Sports Park, Indianapolis, 6 May
Bermuda 142-2 (20 overs, D Hemp 72*, J Tucker 43*)
Suriname 55 (18.1 overs)