Bahamas secure Americas Division Two title
The Bahamas have ensured they will win Americas Division Two and thus gain promotion to Division One after results yesterday went exactly how the needed them to go.
First, in the morning match, Argentina recorded their first win of the tournament against the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Batting first, the South American side scored 127 before they were bowled out two balls from the end of their quota of overs. Alejo Tissera top scored with 34, with Martin Siri also chipping in with 29. Damian St. Ange was the pick of the Turks bowlers with 3-16.
The Turks & Caicos Islands struggled in reply, with only Nuwan Bodhinayake reaching double figures. They were bowled out for 63 to lose by 64 runs, with Lucas Paterlini the pick of the Argentinian bowlers with 3-24.
That result meant that the Bahamas just had to beat Panama in order to secure promotion to Division One. It wasn't as easy as it could have been, as Panama gave the hosts their toughest test of the tournament so far.
The Bahamas batted first and scored 165-7 from their 20 overs, Marc Taylor top scoring with 49. Panama didn't help their cause with no fewer than 22 runs conceded in wides alone.
Panama's reply started badly when Soyab Chohan was bowled by Albert Peters from the first ball of the innings. His opening partner Mohammed Bulbulia led the way for the rest of the innings, playing an anchor role. He was joined for an 82 run partnership for the fourth wicket by Irfan Tarajia.
That partnership ended when Tarajia was dismissed having scored 46 from just 23 balls, and at the point the Bahamas began to bowl much more tightly for the remaining three overs. Bulbulia finished unbeaten on 68, but it wasn't quite enough as Panama could only score 156-5, losing by 9 runs.
The Bahamas will play their final match today, hoping to finish the tournament unbeaten by beating the Turks & Caicos Islands. The other match tomorrow will see Argentina playing Belize. Depending on how results go, Argentina could well face a second consecutive relegation. Waiting for them in Division 3 would be a potential problem encounter with the Falkland Islands.