The Americas Under-19 Championship got underway in Bermuda yesterday, with the hosts being beaten heavily by the USA. News also filtered through that Suriname had been denied transit visas and so withdrew from the tournament.

Batting first after winning the toss, the US started their innings with a 129 run partnership between Mohak Buch and Yadunandan Polisetty, the partnership ending when Polisetty was out for 37. Buch went on to score 76 before he was the next man out.

The rest of the US batting order saw a couple of players get starts, but none were able to kick on like the openers did. The second highest scored was the 50 extras conceded by the Bermudan team as the USA scored 255 before losing their final wicket on the last ball of the innings. Chare Smith was the pick of the home side's bowlers, taking 4-43.

Bermuda offered little in reply, being bundled out for just 119, losing by 136 runs. Extras was their top scorer with 37. The USA bowlers shared the wickets around, but Keifer Phill was the pick of them with 3-25.

The tournament continues today with Canada playing their first match against hosts Bermuda.

Bermuda Under-19s lost to USA Under-19s by 136 runs
Somerset, Bermuda, 5 July
USA Under-19s 255 (50 overs, M Buch 76, Y Polisetty 37, C Smith 4-43, D Rawlins 3-37)
Bermuda Under-19s 119 (22.3 overs, K Phill 3-25)