Canada secure one-day title with win over Bermuda
Bermuda knew that it was going to be hard to beat Canada by a big enough margin to win the Americas Championship when they turned up at the National Stadium in Hamilton, but they certainly gave it a good go.
Canadian captain Rizwan Cheema won the toss and put Bermuda into bat. A third wicket partnership of 64 between Chris Foggo and David Hemp took the score to 115-3 when Foggo was out for 53. Hemp took over the dominant role in the partnership, putting on 42 for the fifth wicket with Irving Romaine, before Romaine was out for 32.
Hemp stayed in to score 48 before he was run out, and Bermuda went on to score 181 before being bowled out in their 48th over. Umar Bhatti was the pick of the bowlers with 4-48.
By the time Canada came out to bat, the teams already knew that the USA couldn't beat the Cayman Islands by a big enough margin to pass either of them on net run rate, so the equation was relatively simple - Bermuda had to restrict Canada to 118 or less to win the Americas Championship title for the first time.
And when the dangerous Rizwan Cheema was removed for just eight in the second over, they would have had hopes of pulling off that unlikely win. But Cheema's opening partner Trevin Bastiampillai had other ideas, and he provided the backbone to Canada's chase. By the time he was out for 66, it was too late for Bermuda as the score was on 137-5.
Bermuda didn't get too downhearted though, and were still playing for the win. But a 25 ball innings of 31 by Sunil Dhaniram secured the four wicket win for Canada, who won the Americas Championship for the fourth time.
The USA didn't beat the Cayman Islands by a big enough margin, but they did need to win to be sure of second place. They did this in fine style, bowling the Caymans out for 129 and knocking the runs off in 13.5 overs without losing a wicket, with Sushil Nadkarni smashing 101 from just 54 balls.
That century from Nadkarni was nothing compared to the big hitting that was seen in the Argentina v Bahamas game at Western Stars CC.
Prior to the tournament, this match wasn't exactly the one that most would have picked out as the most exciting fixture, but they put together a match that showed one-day cricket at its best.
Argentina chose to bat first after Esteban MacDermott won the toss, and the main contributor to their innings was Lucas Paterlini, who scored Argentina's second century in official internationals, hitting 138. Donald Forrester hit 71 from just 39 balls to help take Argentina's total to 333-5 from their 50 overs.
The Bahamas looked to be completely out of the game, even more so when they were 16-2 after three overs. But Rohan Parkes played one of the most amazing innings in the history of international cricket. He smashed 133 from just 59 balls, taking the score to 213-3 when he was out - from just 20 overs.
His partner for that third wicket partnership was Marc Taylor, who scored 93 from 57 balls before he was bowled by Deigo Lord. The Bahamas kept up their scoring rate, and they were on 330-7 from 32 overs. A quick calculation at this point would have shown that the Bahamas needed to score four runs in the next 2.5 overs to knock Argentina down to last place and into Division Two.
The 33rd over saw the Bahamas score two runs, and the game looked to be all over. But Argentina took two wickets from the first two balls of the 34th over. Jonathan Barry hit the next ball and ran, bringing the scores level before turning to take the second and winning run - at which point he was run out.
The game was tied and Argentina secured a fourth place finish - their highest ever in this tournament. The Bahamas finish last and will be relegated back to Division Two.
The Twenty20 tournament now starts, with Argentina playing the USA and the Bahamas playing the Cayman Islands today.