Cayman make it three successive wins
Cayman Islands made it three wins out of three in the ICC World T20 Sub Regional Qualifiers when they defeated winless Argentina by 43 runs in Buenos Aires, Argentina, yesterday.
Cayman posted 143 for six in their 20 overs before restricting Argentina to 100 for eight. Omar Willis, batting at No 3, was the top scorer for Cayman with 51 from 52 balls, while opener Chad Hauptsfliech contributed 31 off 34 balls.
However, it was Conroy Wright’s whirlwind 48 from just 19 balls towards the end of the innings that proved crucial. The all-rounder, coming in at No 7 at 88 for five with just 4.4 overs remaining, blasted four fours and four sixes to take Cayman to their winning total.
Argentina, who play Bermuda today in their final match, recovered from 45 for six after 12 overs to post their highest total so far. Adrian Wright led the Cayman bowling with four for 11. Bermuda, who beat Argentina in their opening game before losing to Cayman, face Argentina today and Cayman tomorrow. The top two teams advance to the next stage of regional qualifying.
“Today we trained hard and refocused ourselves for tomorrow’s game as we must finish our first goal which is to qualify,” said Bermuda coach Clay Smith after yesterday’s training session. “Then and only then can we focus on our winner-take-all match with Cayman, which I have no doubt the boys will be up for.”
Twelve regional qualifiers are being held by the ICC, with 61 teams competing this year in five regions: Africa, Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific and Europe. The top 25 sides will then contest five regional finals in 2019, with seven then going on to compete in the 2020 qualifier in Australia.
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