Canada ease to win over USA; Bermuda and Caymans also win
Day two of the Americas Championship saw the renewal of the oldest rivalry in international sport, in a match that many thought could decide the winners of the tournament. But the Canada v USA match was somewhat of an anti-climax, with Canada easily beating their neighbours thanks to another big hitting innings from Rizwan Cheema.
Canada won the toss and put the USA in to bat. The ball was seaming around a lot, with the USA batsmen playing and missing an awful lot. In the 34th over, they were struggling with the score on 113-7. A recovery of sorts started with a 68 run partnership between Rashard Marshall and Timroy Allen for the eighth wicket.
Allen scored 37 before he was dismissed, and Marshall followed him back to the pavilion for 48 in the next over. The USA scored 189 before being bowled out in 49.1 overs. Calvert Hooper was the pick of the Canadian bowlers with 3-41.
The target was a low, but potentially defendable one for the Americans, especially if their seamers could bowl like Canada's did. But Canada's captain had other ideas.
Canada's chase was made up of two 90 run partnerships, both of which were dominated by Rizwan Cheema. He opened the batting with Trevin Bastiampillai and they put on 98 for the first wicket before Bastiampillai was out for 27. Cheema carried on hitting out, and when Canada reached their target with 11 overs to spare without losing another wicket, he had scored 114.
This leaves the USA's chances of retaining their title quite slim, and we will now be looking at the Bermuda v Canada match on the closing day of the tournament as a potential title decider.
Bermuda meanwhile, in front of a sizeable home crowd, had a poor start to their match with Argentina. Gary Savage was almost unplayable, taking the wickets of all Bermuda's top four, leaving them struggling on 33-4.
But Janeiro Tucker and Irving Romaine played brilliantly, putting on a 186 run partnership for the fifth wicket, of which Tucker scored 136 from 97 balls. Romaine hit out after Tucker departed, and made 77. He was dismissed after he was quite shaken up when one of his seven big sixes struck a spectator in the crowd, and he went to check on the spectator as soon as he was out.
Bermuda reached 282-6 from their 50 overs, a total that was always going to be a tough one for Argentina.
Unlike their match against the USA on the opening day, Argentina couldn't bat out their overs. Donald Forrester top scored with 43, but no other batsmen got a start as they were bowled out for 116, losing by 166 runs.
In the other match of the day, between two of the tournament outsiders, the Cayman Islands easily beat the Bahamas by 111 runs.
Today is a rest day for the tournament, and Monday will see Canada play Argentina and the USA play the Bahamas, whilst the hosts will take on the Cayman Islands.