Convincing Bermuda beat Argentina to keep faint championship hopes alive
by International Cricket Council
DateLine: 2nd December 2008
On the Central Broward Regional Park “B” Field, Bermuda batted themselves to victory against Argentina, racking up an imposing 341 for 4 in fifty overs, thanks largely to a brilliant innings from Glenn Blakeney, who made 118 not out, off 113 balls with 14 fours and 2 sixes.
David Hemp weighed in with an accomplished 58 not out off 68 balls, with 3 fours and a six, and together with Blakeney, added an undefeated 139 runs for the fifth wicket. Earlier Lionel Cann continued his rich vein of form by blasting 63 off only 33 balls, with 6 fours and 5 sixes. Christopher Douglas weighed in with 29, and skipper Irving Romaine made 26.
For Argentina, Diego Lord yet again proved to be the most consistent and effective of their bowlers, taking 2 for 38 in 8 overs, while Esteban Nino took 2 for 70 in 10 overs. A poor start, at 17 for 2, it was all over bar the shouting, although Argentina batted resolutely to finish on 195 for 6 at the end of their 50 overs. Tomas Francis made a stylish half-century, reaching exactly 50 off 105 balls with 3 fours, while all-rounder added a fluent unbeaten 44, from 57 balls with 3 fours and a six.
Wicket-keeper Alejandro Ferguson made 34, from 46 balls, 2 fours, while Donny Forrester contributed 23, off 35 balls and including 3 fours. Thus a convincing win for Bermuda by 146 runs, thus they will meet Canada with a win the priority, while Argentina will take on Suriname to determine which team is relegated to Division 2.
Bermuda coach Gus Logie commented: “Today was a morale boosting and confidence building performance. The players knew they underachieved in their previous game (against the USA) and they were determined to get back on track. It was especially pleasing to witness the quality and class of Glenn Blakeney’s first hundred for Bermuda, but it was a little disappointing we were unable to bowl out the opposition.”
Player-coach for Argentina, Hamish Barton, took some positives out of the defeat: “Bermuda are a very attacking batting team, and it was always going to be difficult to defend, but we did well and I am happy with our progress. We stuck to the task of batting out 50 overs and reaching around 200. We are improving every day and that was our goal for this tournament.”
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