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Suriname victorious in their first ICC game

Published: Friday, February 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Paramaribo:Hosts Suriname beat Chile by one run on the second day of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League (WCL) Division three tournament in the Americas region at the Snellen Park stadium in capital Paramaribo on Thursday.

Turks and Caicos Islands and debutant nation Brazil kicked off the start of the tournament on Wednesday, scoring 168 and 129 runs respectively.

"This is the first ICC tournament in Suriname's 120 years of cricket history," Ray Narian, chairman of the Suriname Cricket Association (SCA) told AFP. He added this was also the second international game for Suriname, a Caribbean country on the North East shoulder of South America.

Captain Alimoedin Nasrullah who leads the Suriname team, hopes to win the Division 3 tournament. So far Suriname has taken fifth place in its last and only ICC regional tournament in Panama in 2004.

After watching Turks and Caicos Islands and the two debutants Chile and Brazil, Narian expects Suriname and Turks and Caicos Islands to end in a tie on Sunday. Still he does not expect to win the Division 2 tournament, to be held in April in Argentina.

"This is our level for the moment", he explains, "but as a member of the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) we will be pressured to develop ourselves in the region, which is all about cricket, next to the Caricom Single Market."

Friday sees pre-tournament favourites Turks and Caicos taking on Chile, followed by Suriname against Brazil on Saturday and two matches on Sunday - Suriname against Turks and Caicos and Brazil against Chili.

The final Division 1 tournament is due to take place in Canada in August later this year.

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