The Americas Championship Twenty20 got underway in Florida yesterday, with wins for Bermuda, Canada and the USA.

Canada, fielding a development side in this tournament, had the most comprehennsive victory of the day, against the Cayman Islands in the last maatch of the day, played under lights.

Batting first, the Canadians scored 130-8 from their 20 overs, Khushroo Wadia top scoring with 40. Alessandro Morris was the pick of the Cayman bowlers with 3-21.

In reply, the Caymans struggled, with only Pearson Best reaching double figures. Zahid Husain bowled superbly, taking four wickdets for just seven runs as thhe Caymans were restricted to 66-7, losing by 64 runs.

The USA were also in fine form duuring their win over Suriname. The game was delayed due to lightning in the area, and reduced to a 13 over contest. The USA batted first and scored 124-2 in their 13 overs, Gowkaran Roopnarine top scoring with an unbeaten 59.

Suriname struggled with their running between the wickets in reply, with four wickets falling to run outs. They were 58-6 when the lightning returned in the 12th over, the USA winning by 50 runs under Duckworth/Lewis.

Bermuda's win over Argentina was a lot closer than it should have been. Argentina were restricted to 93-8 from their 20 overs, Gary Savage top scoring with 38, whilst Malachi Jones took 3-10.

Bermuda's reply was dominated by Lionel Cann with an unbeaten 55. He played an anchor role, with the other wickets falling around him, no other player reaching double figures. Billy MacDermott bowled well to take 3-9, but Bermuda just crawled across the line to win by 3 wickets with three balls to spare.

Today's matches will see the USA play the Cayman Islands, Bermuda play Suriname and Canada play Argentina.