Suriname stun Bahamas to clinch WCL Div-2 title

Published: Monday, April 7, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Paramaribo: Hosts Suriname handed the favourites Bahamas a crushing 146-run defeat to clinch Americas World Cricket League (WCL) Div-2 C'ship title and a berth in Div-1 at the Snellen Park here on Sunday.

Bahamas needing only 83 to avoid a net run-rate scenario for a promotion to first div, in reply to Suriname"s 205 all out, crashed to a disastrous 59 all out in less than 25 overs.

It was from any perspective a poor Bahamas performance, firstly by allowing Suriname to reach a respectable 205, and then by simply handing everything to the host nation in a puzzlingly forgettable batting effort.

The Surinamese batsmen struggled throughout but battled bravely to reach 205 all out in 46 overs, and only Shazam Ramjohn seemed to come to terms with the Bahamas attack. Ramjohn contributed a fine 48, in 48 balls, with other valuable contributions coming from skipper Sanjay Meghoe (28) and Terbhawan Ranjit (23).

For the Bahamas, left-arm spin duo Dwight Weakley (3 for 47) and captain Narendra Ekanayake (2 for 35) proved to be the most effective with the ball.

In reply, the Bahamian batsmen contrived to self-destruct in 24,1 overs and crash dismally to 57 all out. Batsmen had no stomach to put some fight. Not even a single batsmen reached double figures.

Suriname new-ball bowlers Troy Dudnauth and Carlton Baker ran thro the spinless Bahamas batting line-up. The duo bowled  unchanged for the first 20 overs reducing the Island nation of Caribbean sea to 50 for 9. The Man-of-the-Match Dudnauth finished with an outstanding 5 for 21 in his 10 overs, while Baker was no less impressive with 3 for 27 in 10 overs.

Brief Scores:

Suriname 205 all out in 46 overs (Shazam Ramjhon 48, Sanjay Meghoe 28, Kemraj Hardat 26, Terbhawan Ranjit 23; Dwight Weakley 3 for 47, Narendra Ekanayake 2 for 35) beat Bahamas 59 all out in 24.1 overs (Troy Dudnauth 5 for 25, Carlton Baker 3 for 27).

In the other Div-2 tie: Panama 188 all out beat Turks&Caicos Isles 93. By 95 runs.


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