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Off-spinner Alessandro Morris claimed an impressive six-wicket haul as Cayman Islands bounced back from a heavy defeat against the United States earlier in the day to beat the Bahamas by eight wickets in a rain-affected match in the ICC Americas Division 1 Twenty20 tournament at Brian Piccolo Park, on Monday.
Fifth-change bowler Morris' six for 13 from 3.3 overs helped the Caymans bundle out Bahamas for 97 in the final over, only Ryan Tappin (35) offering any real resistance. The Caymans won via the Duckworth/Lewis route, reaching 45 for two in eight overs, opener Ramon Sealy finishing unbeaten on 36 from 29 balls. It was Bahamas' second defeat of the day after losing heavily to Bermuda.
The US, who beat the Caymans by 100 runs at the Central Broward County International Cricket Stadium, followed up by beating Suriname by 79 runs.
Akeem Dodson top-scored with an unbeaten 54 from 40 balls and opener Timothy Surujbally made 44 as the US ran up 171 for four and then restricted Suriname to 92 for seven, Sauid Drepaul making 31 at number seven.
Bermuda opened their account with an emphatic 127-run victory over the Bahamas at Brian Piccolo Park, opener Dion Stovell (71 not out) and 42-year-old former skipper David Hemp (66) leading the way.
Bahamas qualified for the tournament after winning last month's ICC Americas Division 2 T20 Championship, which they hosted.
The eventual top two countries in Florida will advance to November's ICC World T20 global qualifiers in Dubai.
Canada have already qualified.
Bermuda beat Bahamas by 127 runs: Bermuda 192-4 (Dion Stovell 71 not out; David Hemp 66; Albert Peters 3-26), Bahamas 65 in 17.4 overs (Malachi Jones 3-6)
United States beat Cayman Islands by 100 runs:
US 185-4 (Steven Taylor 95), Cayman Islands 85-5 (Conroy Wright 36 not out)
Cayman Islands beat Bahamas by eight wickets on D/L: Bahamas 97 in 19.3 overs Cayman Islands (Ryan Tappin 35; Alessandro Morris 6-13), Cayman Islands 45-2 in eight overs, rain stopped play (Ramon Sealy 36 not out)
United States beat Suriname by 79 runs:
US 171-4 (Akeem Dodson 54 not out, Timothy Surujbally 44), Suriname 92-7 —CMC