FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CMC):
Bermuda booked their ticket to Dubai after cementing second place behind winners United States with a 23-run win over the Bahamas in a five-nation ICC Americas Division One Twenty20 match at Central Broward County International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
Cayman Islands, meanwhile, remained rooted at the bottom of the standings after losing by 10 runs to Suriname at the same venue.
Unbeaten US and Bermuda, who lost twice to the Americans during the week-long tournament, which was scheduled to wrap up yesterday, go forward to November's ICC World T20 global qualifiers in Dubai.
Bermuda made a poor start, losing openers Dion Stovell and skipper Stephen Outerbridge cheaply, but veteran Janeiro Tucker and former skipper David Hemp took the game away from the Bahamians by adding 134 for the third wicket.
Tucker, 38, struck five fours and four sixes in his unbeaten 79 from 48 balls, while 42-year-old Hemp hit four fours in a more sedate 49-ball 53. Albert Peters, who claimed the wickets of Stovell and Hemp, was the Bahamas' most successive bowler with two for 18.
revived the side's fortunes
In reply, the Bahamas slipped to 40 for three after seven overs but a fourth-wicket stand of 66 between opener Julio Jemison and Jonathan Barry, who each scored 43, revived the side's fortunes in their final fixture, but pace bowlers Gregory Maybury (2-24) and Malachi Jones (2-20) combined to ensure Bermuda's fifth victory.
Troy Dudnath was third-placed Suriname's hero, hammering a quickfire unbeaten 60 from 31 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, in his side's 137 for six - a total that was just out of the reach of the Caymanians, whose only success so far has been an eight-wicket Duckworth/Lewis victory over Bahamas.
Off-spinner Alessandro Morris was the pick of the Cayman attack with three for 18.
In reply, Caymans soon lost openers Ian Rotsey and Ramon Sealey but Ronald Ebanks (33) and Kervin Ebanks (27) helped their side reach 100 for four before their effort petered out, undermined by slow bowlers Mohindra Boodram (3-17) and Sauid Drepaul (3-24), as they closed on 127 for eight.
Cayman Islands were set to play the US, while Bermuda were expected to face Suriname in yesterday's final set of games.