They were the favourites going into the tournament, and hosts Argentina showed why as they ended Division Three of the Americas Championship unbeaten after winning their final two games today in Buenos Aires.

Batting first after winning the toss in the morning game against Panama, Argentina scored 146-5 from their 20 overs, captain Alejandro Ferguson top scoring with 42. Panama used eight bowlers in all, who between them conceded 23 runs in wides.

Panama struggled in reply, with Soyab Chohan's 25 the only real start of any player in their innings. Aamir Patel had the ignomy of being stumped off a wide from the first ball he faced, whilst two other batsmen were dismissed from their first ball.

Panama were eventually bowled out for 110, losing by 36 runs. Pedro Arrighi was the leading wicket taker with 3-19 from his two overs.

That win was enough to secure promotion to Division Two for the Argentinians, but there was still the matter of the afternoon game against Belize. It was the Central American side who won the toss, electing to bat first.

Belize had almost no answer to the Argentinian bowling attack, with only four players able to reach double figures in their total of 101. Estaban MacDermott, Hernan Fennell and Augustin Husain all took three wickets, but Fennell was the best of the bunch, only conceding four runs from his 2.4 overs.

Argentina had little trouble chasing down that total, and did so in 17.3 overs to win by six wickets. Alejandro Ferguson, who ended the tournament as the leading run scorer, top scored for them with 34.

Division Three will take place in the Bahamas in November. Argentina will join the hosts, Suriname and the Cayman Islands in the four team tournament. The winners of that event will then gain promotion to Division One to join Bermuda, Canada and the USA.

Results

Argentina beat Panama by 36 runs
Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires, 8 March
Argentina 146-5 (20 overs, A Ferguson 42)
Panama 110 (18.4 overs, P Arrighi 3-19)

Argentina beat Belize by 6 wickets
Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires, 8 March
Belize 101 (17.3 overs, H Fennell 3-4, E MacDermott 3-24, A Husain 3-24)
Argentina 102-4 (17.3 overs)