The 2014 World Twenty20 hasn't been played yet, but qualifying for the next tournament has already started as Division Three of the Americas Championship got underway on Thursday at the Hurlingham Club in Argentina.

Just three teams are involved in the tournament, with each playing the other twice. Panama were the team doing double duty yesterday, and it wasn't a happy start to their tournament as they lost to Argentina, but recovered in the afternoon to beat Belize.

Argentina won the toss in the opening game of the day and chose to bat first. Their innings of 130-7 was built around Alejandro Ferguson, who scored an unbeaten 61 from 53 balls. Sufiyan Tarajya was the pick of the Panama bowlers with 3-19.

Panama collapsed early in their reply, losing three wickets in seven balls across the opening two overs. They were unable to recover from there. Hernan Fennell and Matias Paterlini did the damage with the ball, taking 4-6 and 3-23 respectively.

The visitors were eventually bowled out for 94, losing by 36 runs.

Panama won the toss in their afternoon game and chose to bat first against Belize. They were able to perform better with the bat this time, scoring 151-7 from their 20 overs. Mahmud Bhana and Irfan Taraija shared in a 75 run partnership for the second wicket and scored 47 and 60 respectively.

The match ended up being quite a close contest, but Belize were unable to win, falling just short of their target. Kenroy Roca top scored for them with 48 as they scored 141-8 from their 20 overs, losing by 10 runs.

Belize will be the team playing twice on Friday, playing Argentina in the morning and Panama in the afternoon.


Argentina beat Panama by 36 runs
Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires, 6 March
Argentina 130-7 (20 overs, A Ferguson 61*, S Tarajya 3-19)
Panama 94 (19.5 overs, H Fennell 4-6, M Paterlini 3-23)

Panama beat Belize by 10 runs
Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires, 6 March
Panama 151-7 (20 overs, I Taraija 60, M Bhana 47)
Belize 141-8 (20 overs, K Roca 48)