Bahamas and Panama win on day one of Americas Division Two
With the East Asia Pacific Twenty20 qualifier underway over in New Zealand at the moment, the Americas region joined the Twenty20 qualifying party today with the opening round of matches of Americas Division Two in the Bahamas.
With many regions adopting schedules where six or more matches are being played each day, it is quite refreshing to see such a light schedule at this tournament, with just two matches each day - one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
And the morning match was between Belize and Panama, with Belize batting first. The only batsman to get a start for them was Conway Young, who scored 34 from 32 balls in the Belize total of 116-9. Rajesh Ahir was the pick of the bowlers with 3-15.
After an opening partnership of 42, Panama lost three quick wickets to be on 51-3 in the tenth over. Mahmud Bhana then guided the team home with an innings of 32 from 23 balls to take his team to a four wicket win with ten balls to spare.
In the afternoon match, hosts The Bahamas batted first against Argentina and scored 160-8 from their 20 overs, Jonathan Barry top scoring with 45 from 31 balls. Hernan Fennell bowled well for Argentina, taking 4-19.
Argentina at one point were 112-2 in the 15th over, with 49 runs still to score - not an impossible task in Twenty20 cricket. But a mini collapse then ensued as Argentina lost four wickets for just 16 runs. They didn't lose another wicket, but the innings lost impetus and they were restricted to 146-6 from their 20 overs to lose by 14 runs.
Tomorrow's matches in the Bahamas will see the hosts take on Belize in the morning, whilst the Turks & Caicos Islands will play their first match in the afternoon, taking on Panama.