Bahamas captures ICC Americas Division 2 title
ICC Media Release
The Bahamas captured the ICC Americas Division 2 title despite losing a thrilling match to Suriname by three wickets on Saturday.
Suriname won the toss and elected to field in a match reduced to 35 overs due to wet grounds. Bahamas had a very nervous start, maybe with the result of the last Division 2 event still in their memory, when they crumbled to 19 for 4 after eight overs.
A 71-run fifth wicket stand between Ryan Tappin (63), and Jon Barry (33), got the home side back on track finishing with 186/9 in their 35 overs.
Suriname lost an early wicket starting their chase but very steady contributions right down their batting roster saw the visitors hit their target with nine balls to spare.
This is the second tournament that Suriname has defeated the Bahamas in the final game of the tournament, this time however Bahamas had a net run rate that secured the tournament title for them and promotion to Division 1 in Bermuda later this year.
In the second game at Windsor Park, Panama easily won over the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Panama's skipper Irfan Tarajia had a brilliant tournament and today was no exception. In the Turk and Caicos innings he captured 5-39 and then scored a classic 50 which included five fours and four sixes.
His efforts earned him Man of the Match as Panama breezed by their target with seven wickets intact. For the Turks and Caicos, Rohan Ash (52), and Captain Ebbion Caesar (65) led the way in establishing a target of 193 all out in the 39th over. Panama lost only three wickets in reaching their target as Irfan Tarajia (50) was supported by S.Chohan (45) and N.Bhakta (54)
The Bahamas Cricket Association held a wonderful closing ceremony and presentation night for the visiting teams. Brazil, who finished last, had the honour of capturing three of the four individual awards.
Bahamas will be promoted to the Division 1 tournament scheduled for Bermuda in May/June 2010, while Brazil will be demoted to Division 3 and will to try to re-qualify for Division 2 next year.