USA complete tournament win
The two qualifiers for next year's Americas final may have already been decided, but there was still the matter of which of Canada and hosts USA would finish in first place today in North Carolina.
In the opening match of the day, Belize won the toss and chose to bat first against hosts USA. Just three of their players reached double figures as they scored 84. Usman Ashraf was the pick of the USA bowlers, taking 5-15 from his four overs.
The USA, knowing that net run rate was crucial in deciding the winner of the tournament, started their chase in blistering fashion. Steven Taylor and Jaskaran Malhotra scored 64 in the first three overs before the latter was dismissed from the first ball of the fourth over. No more wickets were lost as the home team completed a nine wicket win in just 5.2 overs, Taylor finishing unbeaten on 57 from just 19 balls, featuring 5 fours and 5 sixes.
Canada had a similarly comprehensive win over Panama in the second game, bowling their opponents out for 40 and then chasing down their target in just 2.1 overs, but it wasn't enough to lift their net run rate over that of the hosts.
The 2020 World T20 qualifying bandwagon now moves on to Malaysia for the second Asian sub-regional event in a weeks time. The hosts there will be joined by Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand with the top three reaching the regional final next year.