Argentina have put themselves in a great position to gain promotion to Americas Division Two after the second day's play of Division Three in Buenos Aires yesterday.

It was Belize's turn to play twice today, and it wasn't a good day for the Central American side, losing both matches. They came up against the hosts in the morning match at the Hurlingham Club, and fielded first after Argentina captain Alejandro Ferguson won the toss.

Argentina's total of 141-7 was built around a superb innings of 75 by Bernado Irigoyen. Coming from 51 balls, he hit three fours and four sixes. Mykelt Anthony was the pick of the Belize bowlers with 3-24.

Belize's reply started poorly. They lost three wickets in four balls for no runs with the score on four early on, and found themselves on 11-4 after just three overs. After reaching 43 when the sixth wicket fell in the ninth over, the seventh wicket partnership of Mykelt Anthony and Howell Gillet briefly threatened a surprise recovery.

The pair put on 53 in eight overs before Gillet was out for 20, but the partnership was too slow to have any real impact on the match. Anthony stayed in to score 55, whilst Belize were bowled out for 117, losing by 24 runs.

Alejandro Ferguson was in good form behind the stumps, picking up three stumpings. Gary Savage did the business with the ball, taking four wickets for just nine runs.

Panama were the opponents for Belize in the afternoon game, and they elected to bat first after winning the toss.

Unlike Argentina earlier, Panama were unable to bat their full quota of 20 overs, being bowled out for 131 two balls away from the end of their innings. Soyab Chohan top scored for them with 35, whilst Mykelt Anthony was again the pick of the Belize bowlers, taking 4-15.

Belize did manage to bat out their 20 overs in reply, but found run scoring hard going. Conway Young was the only player to make a decent score, reaching 46 before he was bowled by Ibrahim Vhora.

Belize were restricted to 121-8 from their 20 overs, losing by just 10 runs. Sufiyan Tarajya was the pick of the Panama bowlers, taking 3-22.

Argentina will play twice tomorrow. They'll play Panama in the morning, with a win assuring them of promotion to Division Two. Should they lose, a win against Belize in the afternoon should be sufficient given the current net run rate situation.


Argentina beat Belize by 24 runs
Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires, 7 March
Argentina 141-7 (20 overs, B Irigoyen 75, M Anthony 3-24)
Belize 117 (19.2 overs, M Anthony 55, G Savage 4-9, H Fennell 3-25)

Panama beat Belize by 10 runs
Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires, 7 March
Panama 131 (19.4 overs, S Chohan 35, M Anthony 4-15, D Sutherland 3-11)
Belize 121-8 (20 overs, C Young 46, S Tarajya 3-22)