USA win inaugural Americas Twenty20
In the 86th Canada v USA match, the USA emerged triumphant at the National Sports Centre in Hamilton, Bermuda to win the Americas Twenty20 Championship, winning by five wickets.
Earlier in the day, in the semi-finals, Canada had beaten the Cayman Islands by 5 wickets. The Caymans scored 153-6, helped by an unbroken seventh wicket partnership of 112. Canada chased down the runs in 16.4 overs, Sandeep Jyoti leading the way with an unbeaten 58.
The USA had a much tougher time in their semi-final against Bermuda. Bermuda had scored 137-5 from their 20 overs, with skipper David Hemp top scoring with 47. Lennox Cush led the way for the USA, scoring 65 before he was dismissed in the penultimate over. His team just crept across the line, winning by two wickets, scoring the winning runs from the very last ball of the match.
In the final itself, USA won the toss and put Canada into bat. With Canada having chased in all of their matches in the tournament, so putting them in was a wise decision, even more so when they were quickly reduced to 16-4. Sandeep Jyoti recovered the innings with 43, but Canada were only able to score 100 before they were bowled out.
The USA had little trouble chasing down the Canadian total, and they were helped by a pretty poor Canadian fielding performance. They scored the required runs in 18.3 overs to win by five wickets.
In the other play-off matches, the Bahamas beat Argentina by 8 runs to finish fifth, whilst the Cayman Islands upset hosts Bermuda in the third place play-off, winning by two wickets.
Canada now prepare for Division One of the World Cricket League in the Netherlands, whilst Argentina, the Cayman Islands and the USA will be playing in Division Four in Italy in August. Bermuda have an Intercontinental Shield and limited overs series against the UAE next month.