2nd Americas Cricket Championships day four round-up

Eric Weil

March 15, 2002

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USA, Caymans on top

The United States and the Cayman Islands top the standings after two rounds of the Americas Cup with both their matches won.

The US team beat defending champions Canada by three wickets in the closest match, while the Cayman Islands won against hosts Argentina by 7 wickets. In the other match, Bermuda beat the Bahamas by 68 runs.

US Outplay North American rivals

At Hurlingham, Canada, batting first, scored 165 for 9 in their 50 overs, with Samad top-scoring with 67 and skipper De Groot getting 37. Johnson notched 5 for 43 for the USA.

The US team passed that score with 7 wickets down and five overs to spare, with opener Rohan Alexander keeping one end up with a slow 50 in 132 minutes. Donavan Blake was 28 not out, and former West Indian international Faoud Bacchus made 15. Dennis Pilgrim took 3 wickets for 14 runs.

Caymans march on

At Belgrano, Argentina started disastrously and were 59 for 8, but Donny Forrester made their total look a bit more respectable scoring 55 runs against good bowling, and putting on 70 for the ninth wicket with Hernan Pereyra, who was 18 not out. Ryan Bovell bowled superbly to take 5 for 25 in 8 overs. Argentina were all out for 134 in 43 overs, and the Cayman Islanders had no problems in scoring the required 135 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 36 overs. Highlight of their innings was 46 by Chris Wight, including 4 fours and 2 sixes.

Bermuda beat Bahamas

At Longchamps, Bermuda scored 196 for 9 in their 50 overs, and then dismissed the Bahamas for 128 in 42 overs. For the winners, captain Charlie Marshall scored 66 and Chris Foggo 25, while Dennis Pilgrim took 3 for 14.

For the Bahamas, Garcia Blair top-scored with 24.

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