By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas finished in fifth place with a 2-4 record at the International Cricket Council’s T20 World Cup Americas Qualifying event in Antigua and Barbuda.
The team closed out the week-long event with losses to the United States and Panama Saturday at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
The United States defeated The Bahamas by 10 wickets. The Bahamas won the toss, elected to bat first and scored 90 runs for seven wickets in 20 overs.
Kevron Hinds led the team offensively with 23 runs, Jonathan Barry scored 16 and team captain Gregory Taylor scored 14. Taylor was the top bowler for The Bahamas and allowed 25 runs in four overs.
The United States scored 91 runs in 12.1 overs to take the match.
Just hours later, The Bahamas returned in their tournament finale and suffered a 26-run loss to Panama.
After winning the toss, The Bahamas took the field first and placed Panama to bat. Panama scored 139 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs. The Bahamas responded with 113 runs and 10 wickets in 18.3 overs.
Barry scored a team high 22 runs and Taylor scored 17. Taylor was also the top bowler and allowed 24 runs in three overs.
The United States and Canada were the top two teams of the event and qualified for the next stage in hopes of ultimately advancing to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
Originally the tournament was scheduled to take place August 18-24, 2020. However, in June 2020, the tournament was postponed until 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In December 2020, the ICC updated the qualification pathway following the disruption from the pandemic.
In May 2021, the tournament was postponed again due to the pandemic, after being scheduled to take place July 17-23, 2021, in Toronto, Canada.
The Bahamas scored wins over Belize and Argentina but lost matches to the USA, Panama, Bermuda and Canada.
On day one of competition, The Bahamas returned to ICC competition for the first time since 2013 and was outscored by 122 runs in a loss to Canada.
The Bahamas scored 68 runs in 15.2 overs, while Canada finished with 190 runs for five wickets in 20 overs.
Marc Taylor scored 44 runs and Jagnauth Jagroo bowled for three wickets and allowed 24 runs in four overs.
In game two, the Bahamas got into the win column with a 12-run win over Argentina.
Batting first, The Bahamas improved offensively and scored 121 runs all out. Bowling, they limited Argentina to 109 runs for five wickets in 20 overs. Marc Taylor scored 60 runs. Jonathan Barry allowed 20 runs and earned two wickets in four overs.
Bermuda outscored The Bahamas by 140 runs in their matchup. The Bahamas finished with 99 runs in 20 overs, while Bermuda finished with 239 runs for six wickets in 20 overs. Offensively for The Bahamas, Kervon Hinds totalled 40 runs. Greg Taylor Jr led the bowlers with a three-wicket haul in three overs and allowed 24 runs.
Against Belize, The Bahamas won by 11 runs and Marc Taylor was named the Man of the Match at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.
The Bahamas won the toss and elected to bat first. They scored 150 runs for eight wickets in 20 overs. Taylor accounted for 67 of the team’s runs. Bermuda responded with 139 runs for six wickets in 20 overs.
Kervon Hinds was the top bowler for The Bahamas and allowed 36 runs for three wickets in four overs.