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May 31, 2010
Despite having a squad of just 13 to choose from, Bermuda faced no problems in thumping Cayman Islands by 148 runs. Things started in disastrous fashion for the hosts, as they lost their openers for ducks after being put in to bat. Things went from bad to worse when the captain David Hemp was consumed by Kervin Ebanks in his bustling opening spell. Steven Outerbridge and Janeiro Tucker then adopted contrasting methods to rescue the innings, and the combination worked wonders for Bermuda. Tucker carried on his fine form, striking five sixes and as many fours in his 83-ball 77. Outerbridge adopted a more measured approach, consuming 110 balls for his 65, as the pair raised 109 for the fourth wicket. Irving Romaine and Rodney Trott struck quick twenties in the end overs to lift the score to a healthy 247. Ronald Ebanks cashed in as the batsmen went in search of quick runs, picking a five-for in the end overs.
Jordan DeSilva's opening spell quickly put paid to the visitors' hopes of launching their chase, sending the openers back early. Sacha De Alwis, the one-drop batsman was out in bizarre fashion, obstructing the field. Jim West shared the spoils with DeSilva, picking three wickets as the chase folded for 99 in the 40th over.
Zubin Surkari's fifty and Khurram Chohan's three-wicket haul helped Canada trounce Argentina by six wickets at Southampton Rangers Cricket Club. After being put in to bat, Argentina were reduced to 35 for after Chohan's early burst. The highest partnership was the 46 between Estaban McDermott and Martin Siri for the eighth wicket. Chohan finished with 3 for 32 as Argentina ended on 155. Canada got off to a decent start with the openers adding 42 but suddenly lost three wickets for as many runs. But Surkari and Sandeep Jyoti went on the attack and sealed the game in the 23rd over. Surkari's 57 came off 49 balls, while Jyoti remained unbeaten on 45 off 40 balls.
It was another one-sided encounter at the Somerset Cricket Club as United States of America, helped by a combined efforts by the batsmen and bowlers, beat Bahamas by 115 runs. Half-centuries by Sushil Nadkarni and Aditya Thyagarajan and a quick 48 by Lennox Cush helped push USA to 307. The USA was built around strong partnerships by the top and middle order, the best being 82 for the first wicket between Nadkarni and Orlando Baker. Thyagarajan's knock was the quickest, his 58 coming off 43 balls with six fours and three sixes. Bahamas on the other hand couldn't string together enough stands to mount the target and as a result, all the batsmen who made starts couldn't convert them to fifties or more. Rohan Parks was the top scorer with 39, and for USA, Adrian Gordon, Cush and Muhammad Ghous took two wickets apiece.
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