Hinds’ five-wicket haul not enough as The Bahamas falls

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Simba FrenchSend an emailMarch 1, 2023 218 3 minute readFacebookTwitterLinkedInShare via Email

 The Bahamas senior men’s national cricket team suffered a tough loss to the Cayman Islands, falling by 31 runs at the St. Albans Ground in Buenos Aires, Argentina, yesterday. BAHAMAS CRICKET ASSOCIATION

Bahamian senior men’s national cricket team bowler Kervon Hinds saw his historic five-wicket haul spoiled as The Bahamas finished 94/8 against the Cayman Islands, losing by 31 runs at the St. Albans Ground in Buenos Aires, 

Argentina, yesterday.

It was their second match in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) 2024 TwentyTwenty (T20) World Cup Sub Regional Americas Qualifier 2023. The Bahamas now sits in third in the standings with a 1-1 win/loss record and four points. They won by four wickets over Panama on Sunday to get their campaign started. Bermuda and the host country Argentina are also competing.

Hinds is the first bowler to have a five-wicket haul for The Bahamas in international T20 action.

Against Cayman, the Cayman Islands won the toss and chose to bat. The Bahamas got off to a good start in the first three overs, only allowing 14 runs, but didn’t collect any Cayman Islands wicket. Hinds changed all that in the fourth over when he got Brian Corbin on a drive that Festus Benn caught. The Cayman Islands were 22/1 after that over.

The Cayman Islands duo of man-of-the-match Yeron DeAlwis and Paul Manning steadied their side. The Bahamas could not break up the partnership that yielded 48 runs. In the 10th over, 

wCayman tallied 72 runs for the loss of just one wicket.

The Bahamas’ captain Marc Taylor had a delivery, broke up the partnership of DeAlwis and Manning when wicketkeeper Julio Jemison stumped Manning out for 17 runs in the 11th over. By the end of the 16th over, The Bahamas collected four wickets but none was the elusive DeAlwis who was a thorn to the Bahamian squad. He had 54 runs after 16 overs with Cayman scoring 101 runs for the loss of five wickets.

Hinds bowled the 19th over for The Bahamas and made a direct impact in the game as he finally got DeAlwis on a catch by Benn. DeAlwis had 74 runs off 57 balls and Cayman had 121 runs for six wickets. Hinds took two more wickets to slow down the Cayman Islands whose total was at 123 for the loss of eight wickets after 19 overs.

They ended that inning at 125 all out with Narendra Ekanayake claiming the final two wickets.

Hinds completed a full spell and grabbed five wickets while giving up just 18 runs. Benn and Ekanayake finished with two wickets each and gave up 18 and 15 runs, respectively.

The Bahamas was on track after the first three overs, scoring 17 runs not out and needing 109 runs from 102 balls. Taylor, as expected, faced most balls and had 14 runs while Ekanayake had three runs. Fast forward to the end of the seventh over, and The Bahamas’ batting took a hit as Ekanayake (three), Hinds (two), Gregory Taylor Jr. (two) and Turan Brown (zero) were out by the end of seventh over. The Bahamas was at 33 runs for four wickets with Taylor on 20 runs and Benn joining him at the other batting end. The Bahamas needed 93 runs from 78 balls.

The partnership of Taylor and Benn accumulated for 20 runs before Taylor was out in the 11th over on 35 runs that consisted of four fours and one six.

It went downhill for The Bahamas’ batting after that over although Benn and Jonathan Barry were able to stop the wickets from falling. They were unable to pick up the strike and run rates. Barry was out for 22 runs in the 19th over with The Bahamas on 91 runs for the loss of eight wickets and the game out of reach.

Today is a rest day for all of the teams. The Bahamas will be in action on Thursday when they play against the host nation at the same location as yesterday’s game. That match starts at 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) and will be streamed live on the website www.icc.tv.

The team is looking to be one of the top three teams at the tournament and move on to the Americas regional final which will be played in September of this year. The top three teams will be joined by Canada in that regional final and the winner of that tournament will secure a spot in the 2024 T20 World Cup, set to be held in June 2024 in the United States and the West Indies.


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