USA continue winning ways
The USA remain unbeaten at the Americas Championship in Florida after a win over Bermuda yesterday afternoon.
The match was the USA's toughest test in the tournament so far, but they would have been confident when Bermuda were restricted to 133-8 from their 20 overs, Danial Ahmed bowling well to take 3-26. Janeiro Tucker was the top scorer for Bermuda with 36.
Some tight bowling from Bermuda initially had the hosts on the back foot, with Malachi Jones taking two wickets in two balls in the third over. Nicholas Stanford would be his third victim, but not before he had scored 36 from 27 balls to become the USA's top scorer.
Stanford's innings helped the home side secure a three wicket win with 11 balls to spare, and ensure that his team remained unbeaten in the tournament.
Earlier in the day, Bermuda had picked up their third win, playing the Cayman Islands. Batting first, they scored 169-3 from their 20 overs, Stephen Outerbridge top scoring with 59. The Caymans were then restricted to 123-9 from their 20 overs to lose by 46 runs, Janeiro Tucker taking 3-22.
The day wasn't over for the Cayman Islands, as they had to take on Suriname in the afternoon. Batting first, Suriname could only manage 120-8 from their 20 overs, Arun Gokoel top scoring with 47. In reply, the Caymans were initially going well and were 39-0 in the 7th over.
At this point, rain interrupted the match and the target was adjusted to 104 from 17 overs. The Caymans found life more difficult after the resumption, as the Suriname bowlers took control. A hat-trick in the 14th over by Suriname captain Mohindra Boodram set them back, and they fell just short of the required target, scoring 96-4, losing by seven runs.
Suriname also won their match in the morning, scoring 121-9 from their 20 overs against Division Two champions the Bahamas. The Bahamas went on to lose by 20 runs, with Sauid Drepaul taking 4-29 from his four overs.