Big win for Cayman’s cricketers over Bermuda

Troy Taylor was solid with bat and ball to earn his second Man of the Match award in as many games.

The Cayman Islands won their second straight match and move into the top spot at the ICC Americas T20 qualifiers Wednesday, 28 February, defeating Bermuda by 62 runs in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Batting first, Cayman scored 165 for five wickets from their 20 overs. A balanced approach saw five of the seven batsmen to take their guard scoring at least 20 runs.

Troy Taylor top-scored with 35 runs from 18 balls including three sixes and a four. Openers Chad Hauptsfliech and Ainsley Hall made 28 and 26, respectively. Ramon Sealy made 26 and Conroy Wright was not out on 27.

In reply, Bermuda could only manage 103 before being bowled out in 18.3 overs. Alessandro Morris took four wickets for 21 runs from his four overs. Kevon Bazil had another good game with the ball, taking three wickets for 13 runs from 3.4 overs.

Troy Taylor sealed his second Man of the Match award of the tournament taking three wickets for 17 runs off four overs.

The win puts the Cayman Islands in a strong position, following their five-wicket win over Argentina two days earlier. Bermuda is in second place after a 125-run thrashing of Argentina on Tuesday.

The Cayman Islands play Argentina again on Thursday before a rematch with Bermuda on Saturday.

This is the first step toward qualification for the ICC World T20 2020. The top two teams will advance to the next round.

In all, 61 teams will compete in 12 regional qualification groups during 2018 across five regions – Africa (3 groups), Americas (2), Asia (2), East Asia Pacific (2) and Europe (3). The top 25 sides from these will then contest five regional finals in 2019 with seven progressing to the ICC World T20 2020 qualifier.

There they will meet six teams who competed in the last ICC World T20 event, but who are outside the automatic qualification spots that come from being in the top 10 of the MRF Rankings as of 31 December 2018, as well as the hosts of the qualifier. The top six teams in the global qualifier will book their place at the World T20 2020 in Australia.

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