USA open with two wins
The World Twenty20 qualification roadshow is rolling on and is currently on its latest stop in Florida for the Americas Division One Championship, from which two teams will qualify for the global qualifier in the UAE later in the year.
And the USA have gotten off to a great start with two wins on the opening day against the Cayman Islands and Suriname.
In the morning match at the CBRP Stadium, the hosts batted first and reached 185-4 from their 20 overs, Steven Taylor leading the way with a USA T20 record 95 from just 58 balls. The target was too much for the Caymans, who were restricted to just 85-5 from their 20 overs, losing by 100 runs. Danial Ahmed bowled well, going for just six runs from his 4 overs.
It was just as comprehensive a win in the afternoon game against Suriname at the same ground, with the USA scoring 171-4 from their 20 overs, Akeem Dodson the top scorer this time with 54. In reply, Suriname soon found themselves out of contention when they were reduced to 26-5.
Sauid Drepal scored 31, but that was the only major contribution to their innings as they were restricted to 92-7 from their 20 overs, losing by 79 runs. Danial Ahmed was again the top bowler with 2-12.
Bermuda are thought to be the other team likely to qualify for the UAE with the USA, and they started their campaign with a thumping win over the Bahamas at Brian Piccolo Park.
New skipper Stephen Outerbridge was dismissed for a golden duck in the first over, but Bermuda bounced back in fine style with a 153 run second wicket partnership between Curt Stovell and David Hemp, which ended when Hemp was bowled for 66.
Stovell stayed in until the end of the innings, scoring an unbeaten 71 to lead his team to 192-4 from their 20 overs. Albert Peters was the pick of the Bahamian bowlers with 3-26. His team then struggled in reply with no batsman getting a start as they were bowled out for 65 to lose by 127 runs. Malachi Jones was the pick of the bowlers with 3-6.
The Bahamas then had to come back for the afternoon match on the same ground, when they were bowled out for 97 by the Cayman Islands. Alessandro Morris had sensational bowling figures of 6-13. In reply, the Caymans reached 45-2 with Raymond Sealy scoring 36 from 29 balls before rain brought an end to their innings after 8 overs. They were just ahead of the D/L par score, and won by 10 runs.