Marlon Samuels, who recently returned from a two year ban for links to an Indian bookmaker, starred in Jamaica's 47 run win over the USA in a Twenty20 match in Lauderhill, Florida yesterday.

Opening the batting with Donovan Pagon, Samuels batted throughout the Jamaica innings, scoring 52 on a slow pitch. Danza Hyatt joined him in the 13th over and helped take the innings away from the home side, smashing 48 runs from just 22 balls.

In reply, the Americans started with a 26 run opening partnership which, made from six overs, was hardly the start they needed. And when they collapsed to 39-5 in the next four overs, they were well out of the game. Ashhar Mehdi was the only USA player to bat well, with 28 from 21 balls.

Samuels was the pick of the Jamaican bowlers with 2-13 from his four overs as the USA were restricted to 98-9 from their 20 overs, the USA losing by 47 runs.

The main event of the day at the venue was the Twenty20 International between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, the first full international on US soil. In what was hardly a good advertisement for Twenty20 cricket, New Zealand came out on top, scoring 120-7 before bowling Sri Lanka out for 92.

The same pairs of teams meet today in another two Twenty20 matches.