Allan Douglas Jr takes flight as Bermuda saunter past Belize
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (Belize won toss): Bermuda (2pts) beat Belize (0) by seven wickets
Vice-captain Rodney Trott returned a four-wicket haul and opening batsman Allan Douglas Jr smashed 54 from 25 balls as Bermuda completed a facile victory over an outgunned Belize outfit at the ICC T20 World Cup Americas Qualifier in the North Sound this afternoon.
Douglas left no doubt as to his intentions by scoring 28 of the first 29 runs in the Bermuda reply after Belize had been dismissed for 85 with seven balls remaining in their allotted 20 overs.
The early onslaught came as a cost, though, as fellow opener Tre Manders endured his first real failure of the tournament when he was out for one to the last ball of the second over.
The die had already been cast for Belize, the introduction of Delray Rawlins at No 3 meaning there would be little respite for the bowlers.
Douglas continued to be the aggressor until he was out caught, one ball after bringing up his fifty with a huge six — his fourth of the innings to go with five fours.
Rawlins paced himself to an unbeaten 20 but Bermuda would lose one more wicket when Onias Bascome holed out to long-on for five. A nudge past short fine leg for four by captain Kamau Leverock completed proceedings after only eight overs, giving Bermuda their third win against two losses.
The early sensation of the day was debutant Jabari Darrell snaring two wickets to put Belize on the back foot.
The young St George’s seamer, who was a late addition to the travelling party in place of Chris Douglas, struck with his eleventh ball as an international cricketer when Dion Stovell held on to a catch to send Travis Samuels back into the hutch for five.
Darrell enjoyed the sensation so much that he made it two in two with his next ball, as Kenton Young, the other Belize opener, was pocketed by Trott.
At 16 for two after four overs, Leverock turning to spin the rest of the way — save for one over of seam-up from Darrell — it was a hole from which Belize would not be able to extricate themselves.
Trott and Rawlins operated in tandem, accounting for the next five wickets to fall, then Douglas got in on the act with two before Stovell, whose 11 balls went for 20 in the one disappointment of the Bermuda bowling innings, claimed the final wicket.
Trott finished with four for 15, Darrell two for nine and Douglas two for 21.
Bermuda draw the curtain on the tournament tomorrow in the afternoon match against Argentina.
But long before then, the inevitable reality should have been confirmed, with Canada beating Argentina by nine wickets in the late game today and then needing a final win over winless Panama in the penultimate, early game tomorrow to confirm their place in the Global Qualifier alongside the US.
The Americans beat Bahamas by ten wickets in the other early match today, at Coolidge Cricket Ground, to be confirmed as top qualifiers.
*K Young c Trott b Darrell 11
T Samuels c Stovell b Darrell 5
C Brownb Rawlins 4
K Tillett c Rawlins b Trott 9
A Banner c Onias Bascome b Trott 1
M Castillo b Trott2
T Patterson st Okera Bascome b Douglas 16
B Stephenson c Leverock b Trott 0
G R Banner Jr c Rawlins b Stovell 32
G G Banner st Okera Bascome b Douglas 0
†A Muslar not out 2
Extras (w 3) 3
Total (18.5 overs) 85
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-16, 3-29, 4-30, 5-30, 6-32, 7-32, 8-63, 9-63.
Bowling: Leverock 2-0-8-0; Darrell 3-0-9-2; Rawlins 4-0-12-1; Trott 4-1-15-4; Douglas 4-0-21-2; Stovell 1.5-0-20-1.
A Douglas Jr c Castillo b G G Banner 54
T Manders c Young b Tillett 1
D Rawlins not out 20
Onias Bascome c Young b G R Banner 5
*K Leverock not out 5
Extras (b 4) 4
Total (3 wkts; 8 overs) 89
D Stovell, D Sabir, M Simmons, †Okera Bascome, R Trott and J Darrell did not bat.
Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-65, 3-75.
Bowling: G R Banner 4-0-28-1; K Tillett 2-0-33-1; G G Banner 2-0-24-1.
Umpires: J Williams and E Carrington.
Third umpire: H Grewal.
Coolidge Cricket Ground (Bahamas won toss): Bahamas 90-7 (20 overs; N Patel 4 for 17); United States 91-0 (12.1 overs; A Jones 43 not out, I Holland 39 not out). United States (2pts) beat Bahamas (0) by ten wickets.
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium (Argentina won toss): Argentina 109 (18 overs; D Heyliger 5 for 16), Canada 115-1 (9.1 overs; R Pathan 56 not out, N Dhaliwal 49). Canada (2pts) beat Argentina (0) by nine wickets.
Coolidge Cricket Ground (Panama won toss): Panama 139-8 (20 overs; I Hafejee 41); Bahamas 113 (18.3 overs; I Hafejee 3 for 26). Panama (2pts) beat Bahamas (0) by 26 runs.