USA and Caymans win opening Twenty20 matches
The first Americas Twenty20 championship got under way yesterday, with the highlight being the match between Argentina and the USA, which almost saw Argentina pull off something that would have been regarded as a pretty big upset.
Argentina were put into bat by USA captain Steve Massiah. No doubt buoyed by their exciting match against the Bahamas on Thursday, they scored 183-6 from their 20 overs. Cricket Argentina CEO Grant Dugmore led the way with 68 from just 35 balls, hitting six fours and five sixes.
Sushil Nadkarni got the USA's reply off to a flyer with 42 from 23 balls before he became the first victim of Alejo Tissera. The USA looked to be cruising on 100-4 from the first ten overs, but Tissera took three wickets in the 11th over, swinging the game back Argentina's way. Tissera was actually born in the USA, meaning that, rather ironically, Argentina had more American born players than the USA.
Orlando Baker and Timroy Allen put on 67 for the eight wicket, taking the game away from Argentina, and the USA won by two wickets with 11 balls to spare.
In the other match of the day, the Bahamas scored 101-7 from their 20 overs. The Cayman Islands lost their first two wickets with just eight on the board, but Ramon Sealy and Ryan Bovell put on an unbroken 94 for the third wicket, Bovell finishing on 50, to secure an eight wicket win for the Caymans.
Today's early matches will see Bermuda play the Cayman Islands, whilst cricket's oldest international rivals - Canada and the USA - will face off in cricket's newest format for the first time. In the afternoon, Argentina will play Canada and Bermuda will play the Bahamas.