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Bahamas sit top of the table after Day 2

Thu, Feb 7, 2013 1:05 AM

Bahamas sit top of the table after Day 2
Sabuton John
Host Bahamas move to the top of the standings with a comprehensive 63 run victory over Belize. This also brings them one step closer to being promoted to the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship scheduled for March 2013 in Fort Lauderdale Florida where two Americas members will qualify for the ICC World T20 Qualifier.

Belize won the toss and elected to field in the morning's game, hoping to take advantage of the early morning moisture. They claimed the wicket of the dangerous, big hitting lefthander Marc Taylor, with just the second ball of the innings, after Taylor had delicately played the first ball to fine-leg for 4 runs. Ryan Tappin (24) joined Julio Jemison (20), and the pair started rebuilding the innings. Tappin continued his good form from the day before with three 4's from his 29 balls, while Jemison hit two boundaries in a 49 run second wicket partnership.

Gregory Taylor struck three 4's from 13 balls and contributed 16 runs to the total, but his innings was given an impetuous end by being bowled out by Kenroy Roca. Jonathan Barry, ran well between wickets and took full advantage of anything loose, he made 37 runs from 23 balls as Bahamas finished on 149 all out from their 20 overs.

With the wicket drying out and batting conditions improving, Belize made a spirited start in their reply, 10 runs came from the 1st over and 8 runs from the 2nd and the very vocal Bahamian crowd became more animated, with advice coming from every corner of the ground. Belize would soon lose the wick of Conway Young, bowled by Albert Peters for (8). After that the innings never gained momentum as wickets fell at regular intervals. The final rights were cast with the introduction of the leg spinner Jagnauth Jagroo who claimed 3 wickets from his 2 overs for 9 runs, as Belize were eventually bowled for 86 runs and the Bahamas ran out victors by 63 runs.

In the afternoon game Turks & Caicos pulled off an amazing victory in high scoring fashion to win by 5 wickets, chasing an imposing total of 170 runs set by Panama.

Panama won the toss and elected to bat in brilliant Nassau sunshine, on a wicket playing better as the tournament progresses. Panama was soon in they stride as opening batsmen Soyab Chohan (10) with two 4's and Imran Bulbulia (12) with a 6's and one 4, put on 26 runs for the first wicket. Bharat Ahir played well for (35) and further good knocks came from Irfan Tarajia (33), and Rajesh Ahir (30) respectively. Mahmud Bhana completed the innings with 13 off of 8 balls to take Panama to a commendable 170 runs for 7 wickets. Mark Henry was the best bowler for Turks & Caicos as the bowlers were put to the sword on a good batting wicket and fast outfield.

Turks & Caicos innings was off to the perfect start as openers Gareth Butler (36) and Nuwan Bodhinayake blasted their way to 46 runs for the power playovers and 87 runs for the 1st wicket in 12 overs. The match hung in the balance for the next 4 overs with wickets falling amongst a flurry of rash stokes.

Sabuton John with a mammoth task ahead of him and a run rate passing the 10 runs per over mark, played the innings of the tournament thus far. He made 41 runs from 15 balls with two 6's and five 4's to secure victory for the Turks & Caicos and lead the team to a spectacular come from behind victory.

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