Canada continue unbeaten run into Twenty20
Canada's unbeaten run has continued into the Americas Twenty20 Championship, as they beat the USA and Argentina yesterday on convincing manner.
Rizwan Cheema won the toss and put the USA into bat, in the first Twenty20 match between cricket's oldest international rivals. The USA struggled against the Canadian bowlers, and were bowled out for 126 in exactly 20 overs. Calvert Hooper was the pick of the bowlers with 3-21.
The USA gave themselves hope when Timroy Allen removed both openers, including the dangerous Rizwan Cheema, with just 26 on the board. But Toronto native Zubin Sukari helped recover the innings. He put on 54 for the third wicket with Hiral Patel, who scored 40, and an unbroken 47 for the fourth wicket with Sunil Dhaniram, taking his score to an unbeaten 42 to secure a seven wicket win.
They were even more convincing against Argentina, bowling them out for just 66. Sunil Dhaniram took 3-5 and Khurram Chohan took 3-20, with only three Argentinian batsmen reaching double figures.
Rizwan Cheema got their innings off to a flyer smashing 24 from just seven balls before he was out. They chased the target down in 6.3 overs to win by 9 wickets. They got a small scare when Zubin Sukari had to retire hurt with a shoulder injury after just two balls, but he was feeling OK after the conclusion of the match.
Bermuda were also unbeaten yesterday, but they were far from convincing against the teams that finished fifth and sixth in the one-day tournament.
Against the Cayman Islands, they bowled well to restrict their opponents to 121-5 from their 20 overs, Rodney Trott taking 3-11.
That target should have been no trouble, and they were cruising on 87-3 when Hemp was run out. Irving Romaine fell two balls later, but Janeiro Tucker steadied things a little, taking the score to 120 in the final over. The Caymans then gave Bermuda a scare - Jordan DeSilva was run out from the third ball of the over, and Tucker was caught from the next delivery. Rodney Trott didn't let the situation get the better of them though, and he hit his first ball to the boundary to secure a two wicket win with just one ball to spare.
Against the Bahamas, Bermuda batted better, scoring 148-7 from their 20 overs, with Janeiro Tucker top scoring with 46. Dwight Weakley was the pick of the bowlers with 3-52.
The Bahamas started well, reaching 88-1 in the 13th over. Two wickets fell in that over though, the second of which saw Mario Ford given out for handling the ball, the second unusual dismissal of the week after Sacha De Alwis was given out for obstructing the field for the Caymans in the one-day tournament, also against Bermuda.
Rohan Parkes was going well, but his dismissal for 45 left his team struggling, and they made 137, losing by 11 runs. Stephen Dill, making his debut fore Bermuda today, bowled a great last over, taking two wickets.
Today's morning matches will see the two semi-finals - Bermuda v USA and Canada v Cayman Islands - as well as the 5th place play-off between Argentina and the Bahamas. The third place play-off and final will take place in the afternoon. CricketEurope will have ball by ball coverage of the final.