ICC Americas Division 3, San Jose, 2011

196127_10150105932117102_547017101_6798724_6574220_nThe ICC Americas Division 3 Championships, held at Los Reyes Polo Club, Costa Rica, was Peru’s most successful international tournament, with a record of four wins out of five, and a highly creditable 2nd place finish. The only loss was to the eventual undefeated champions, Belize, on the first morning.

Success was based on a disciplined bowling unit of Miles Buesst, Nadeem Ahmed, Javed Iqbal, Tony Sanford and Dinesh Ekanayake, taking advantage of the low bounce of the wickets, and a large, slow outfield, backed up by good fielding, to starve batsmen of runs and force them into errors. Runs were at a premium on the two pitches used, and so batsmen had to be patient and correct to weather the initial storm of the opposition’s top bowlers, before making hay against the lesser bowlers. This approach was typified by Mike Soulsby’s masterly half century, off 63 balls, against Chile, that won him the Man of the Match award.

199986_10150105931762102_547017101_6798721_167847_n1Seemingly low T20 scores of under a hundred against Chile and Costa Rica were easily defended, and even the free-scoring Belizean batsmen took 14 overs to score 65, losing 6 wickets along the way, and indicating that the ball would dominate the bat for most of the Championship.

This was certainly the case against Mexico, who batting first, were rolled over for 49; and then the Falkland Islands were dismissed for 22, the lowest score of the tournament, as some of Peru’s second string bowlers came to the fore.

Sadly, none of the Peru players featured in the personal awards, which were as follows:

Most Valuable Player:          Conway Young          Belize

Most Runs:                              John Fecci                   Chile

Most Wickets:                        Keve Flowers             Belize

Best Wicket Keeper:            Conway Young           Belize

However, the below statistics and scorecards show how many of the Peru players made significant contributions in what was a wonderful team effort.

199433_10150105931952102_547017101_6798723_213643_nDay 1: Mon, 14th March: Report

Peru (64 for 9) lost to Belize (65 for 6) by 4 wickets: Scorecard

Costa Rica (123 for 7) lost to Chile (124 for 5) by 5 wickets: Scorecard

Belize (182 for 5) defeated Falkland Islands (50 all out) by 132 runs: Scorecard

Peru (88 for 8 ) defeated Chile (48 all out) by 40 runs: Scorecard

Day 2: Tues, 15th March: Report

Falkland Islands (58 all out) lost to Mexico (59 for 0) by 10 wickets: Scorecard

DSC_0228 (cropped)Mexico (106 for 7) lost to Chile (107 for 6) by 4 wickets: Scorecard

Costa Rica (140 for 2) defeated Falkland Islands (75 all out) by 65 runs: Scorecard

Day 3: Weds, 16th March: Report

Peru (98 for 6) defeated Costa Rica (67 all out) by 31 runs: Scorecard

Falkland Islands (71 for 8 ) lost to Chile (72 for 1) by 9 wickets: Scorecard

Belize (106 for 8 ) defeated Mexico (87 for 9) by 19 runs: Scorecard

Day 4: Thurs, 17th March: Report

Mexico (49 all out) lost to Peru (50 for 1) by 9 wickets: Scorecard

DSC_0335Costa Rica (39 all out) lost to Belize (40 for 3) by 7 wickets: Scorecard

Peru (126 for 3) defeated Falkland Islands (22 all out) by 104 runs: Scorecard

Day 5: Fri, 18th March: Report

Chile (85 for 7) lost to Belize (90 for 5) by 5 wickets: Scorecard

Mexico (130 for 5) defeated Costa Rica (35 all out) by 95 runs: Scorecard

 

ICC Americas WCL Div 3 Points table

Team Played Won Lost Tie Points NRR Runs For Overs Runs Against Overs
BELIZE 5 5 0 0 10 3.321 483 73.5 325 100
PERU 5 4 1 0 8 1.790 426 95.2 251 93.5
CHILE 5 3 2 0 6 -0.065 436 89.3 475 96
MEXICO 5 2 3 0 4 1.009 431 89.4 356 93.4
COSTA RICA 5 1 4 0 2 -1.587 404 100 467 83
FALKLAND IS 5 0 5 0 0 -4.357 276 99.2 579 81.1
Leading Batsmen Country Runs
John Fecci Chile 154
Conway Young Belize 122
Shane Catford Costa Rica 109
Michael Soulsby Peru 107
Yasir Patel * Mexico 98
Tushar Gupta Mexico 88
Julian Olivier * Costa Rica 81
Russell Perryman Chile 77
Warren Anthony Belize 67
Percival Flowers Belize 57
Mykelt Anthony Belize 52
Kaushal Ahuja Mexico 52
Nadeem Ahmed Peru 52
Martin Collins Falkland Is 50
Nicholas Appleyard Peru 50
Leading Wicket Takers Country Wickets
Keve Flowers Belize 12
Tushar Gupta Mexico 11
Dirk Sutherland * Belize 10
Dinesh Ekanayake Peru 9
Mykelt Anthony Belize 8
Yasir Patel * Mexico 8
Anthony Sanford Peru 8
Benjamin Smith Costa Rica 7
Javed Iqbal Peru 7
Miles Buesst * Peru 6
Howell Gillett Belize 5
Tristan Bradbrook Chile 5
Timothy Baker Costa Rica 5
Christopher Prasad Costa Rica 5