Canada secure regional final place
Canada have secured qualification for the Americas regional final as the latest sub-regional qualifier for the 2020 World T20 continued in Morrisville, North Carolina yesterday.
Canada took on Belize in the first match of the day, with the latter batting first after captain Herbert Banner won the toss. Banner was the only batsman to reach double figures with 10 out of the Belize total of 32. Abraash Khan and Saad Bin Zafar both took 3 wickets. Canada promptly knocked off the required runs in 2.4 overs to win by 10 wickets.
In the second match of the day, Panama batted first after their captain Irfan Hafejee won the toss. As with Belize earlier, he was their top scorer with 25, though two more of their batsmen managed to reach double figures. They did manage to bat out their 20 overs but were restricted to 94-8. Nosthush Kenjige was the pick of the USA bowlers with 3-19.
The USA lost Steven Taylor early on in their reply, but a 74 run partnership between Monank Patel and Sunny Sohal got the home side most of the way to their target. The partnership ended when Patel was dismissed for 46, whilst Sohal finished unbeaten on 42 as the hosts completed an eight wicket win.
Whilst the USA could still mathematically miss out on the regional final, it would take an almighty turn around on net run rate by Belize to catch them, which seems unlikely given their form during the tournament.
Today is a rest day in Morrisville and the tournament will resume on Tuesday. Panama will take on Belize in the opening match before USA and Canada will look to follow up Saturday's thriller in the second match.