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The Bahamas triumphs over Argentina

Returns to action tomorrow against Bermuda

One day after suffering a loss, The Bahamas senior men’s national cricket team regrouped and picked up a key 12-run victory against Argentina at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s TwentyTwenty (T20) Americas World Cup Qualifiers at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua yesterday.

The Bahamas’ captain, Greg Taylor Jr., won the toss and elected to bat. They went on to score 121 runs all out in the first inning. It was a stark comparison to their first match on Sunday, where they were all out for just 68 runs. The second inning saw some tight bowling as they were able to hold the Argentinians to 109 runs for five wickets in 20 overs.

“I won the toss and based on how the pitch looked, we decided that we would bat first. Unfortunately, Marc (Taylor) got injured and had to retire. He came out and we started losing wickets and Jonathan Barry would have anchored the innings and scored 20 vital runs. Marc (Taylor) came back in the game and he scored more runs,” Taylor Jr. said.

After two matches, The Bahamas is tied in third place with Belize with two points.

The Bahamas had a difficult start to the inning as they lost one of the opening batsmen, Jagnauth Jagroo, on the fifth ball of the first over. He was unable to get off the mark. The Bahamas scored only four runs at that point. The second blow came when the other opening batsman, Marc Taylor, had to retire due to an injury in the second over. The Bahamas had seven runs for one wicket at the end of the second over.

Looking for some life, The Bahamas was able to get a 15-run partnership between Barry and their captain. Taylor Jr. was out for five runs in the seventh inning. The Bahamas side had 24 runs for the loss of three wickets. Renford Davson replaced Taylor Jr. in the batting.

Davson and Barry had a good knock before Barry was run out in the ninth over. He had 20 runs off 19 balls that included three fours. Their partnership produced 19 runs and had The Bahamas at 43 runs for four wickets.

Marc Taylor returned to the batting lineup with The Bahamas on 49 runs for five wickets. The inning-changing partnership came when Taylor and Everette Haven were at the crease. Haven came in when The Bahamas had 66 runs for seven wickets early in the 12th over. The duo put up a partnership of 39 runs. The strategy was to let Haven get Taylor on strike as Taylor contributed 28 runs in that partnership that included several boundaries while Haven scored six runs.

Haven was out in the 17th over as The Bahamas was able to get past the century mark with 105 runs for eight wickets.

Taylor was the last batsman to out. He finished with 60 runs off just 39 balls. His inning included six huge sixes and two fours. For his batting prowess, he was named Man-of-the-Match.

The Bahamas set a target of 122 runs for Argentina to win the game.

“We didn’t have much wrong runs to play with. We knew that we had to hunt wickets and we had to be tight. We couldn’t be loose with our bowling like in the previous game. All the bowlers bowled well,” Taylor Jr. said.

Argentina had a good start to their batting, scoring 32 runs after four overs for a run rate of 8.00 runs per over. They required 5.62 runs per over with 10 wickets in hand.

Spin bowler, Kervon Hinds, bowled a superb over in the sixth over where he only gave up three runs. At the end of his over, 

Argentina had 41 runs as the run rate slowed.

Hinds was trouble for the Argentinians two overs later when he caught Lautaro Musiani leg before wicket (lbw) for 18 runs. Argentina had 51 runs for one wicket at the end of that over. Bhumeshwar Jagroo bowled the following over and kept it close by giving up just three runs.

Barry took two wickets during his spell in the 13th and 15th overs, Alejandro Ferguson who scored four runs and Alan Kirschbaum who had a single. Argentina was struggling at that point, scoring only 71 runs for the loss of three wickets. There were not many balls to spare as they needed 51 runs from 33 balls.

The Bahamas needed to keep the tail end of the bowling when their opponents needed 28 runs from 12 balls. The Bahamas used opening bowlers Roderick Mitchell and Marlon Graham to close off the match for them. Mitchell gave up just nine runs in the 19th over leaving Argentina needing 19 runs from the final over.

Graham bowled his medium pace in the final over as he looked to avoid boundaries. He did just that as Argentina lost two wickets in that over and only scored six runs. Argentina finished with 109 runs for five wickets.

Next up for The Bahamas is a tough opponent in Bermuda tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. That match is at Coolidge Ground.

Taylor is hoping that, as a team, their batting performs better against Bermuda.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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