Caymans too strong for Argentina
The Cayman Islands finally got their tournament off to a promising start on Monday with a comfortable five-wicket victory over Argentina at Medicina.
It was the Caymans' attack which laid the foundations of their win, restricting the Argentinian batsmen to a modest 160 for eight, and then Pearson Best and Ryan Bovell sealed it with contrasting half-centuries.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Argentina found runs hard to come by, opener Pablo Ferguson needing 121 deliveries for his painstaking 37. But it was a valuable knock, and all the more so as Ferguson shared a fourth-wicket stand of 57 with Gary Savage (33).
When Bovell removed Savage with the total on 108 and then added the scalp of Ferguson without addition to the score the Argentinian innings faltered for a moment, but Donald Forrester hit a rapid 23 in the closing overs to get his side up to 160.
Marlon Bryan took three for 32 for the Caymans, and Bovell two for 17.
The Argentinians struck back hard when they took the field, Savage trapped Ricardo Roach in front with the first ball of the innings and Lucas Paterlini similarly removing Ramon Sealy for a golden duck in the next over.
But then Pearson Best unleashed a remarkable display of hitting, smashing seven fours and three sixes in his 32-ball 55. He was eventually bowled by Diego Lord, who then gave his side hope by removing Caymans skipper Saheed Mohamed into the bargain.
Abali Hoilett stayed for a while before Lucas Paterlini returned to claim his wicket, and the Caymans were on 95 for five.
That was the end of the Argentinian successes, however, as Bovell and Ronald Ebanks added an undefeated 69 for the six wicket to see their side home. Bovell ended on 53, made from 65 deliveries with seven fours, earning him the Man of the Match award, while Ebanks made 30.