On Garden Oval 3 Japan won the toss and elected to bat against a Bhutan side desperate for a win after a disappointing first day of the tournament.
Bhutan got a key early breakthrough when Lobzang Yonten dismissed Jarrod Shearer LBW for just three leaving the match evenly poised at 1-25 off 7.4 overs when rain interrupted play.
As play resumed Bhutan’s Kumar Subba trapped both Naoki Miyaji and Daniel Mee in front and Japan were in trouble at 3-42.
However demonstrating their improved batting depth Alex Patmore and Masaomi Kobayashi put together a 99 run partnership to assist their side to 8-203 off their reduced 42 overs.
Patmore ended with 91 and Kobayashi 47. For Bhutan Yonten took three wickets.
With the new target set at 205 for victory Bhutan never got going in reply thanks to a combination of poor running between the wicket and a great opening spell from Takuro Hagihara.
In the end Bhutan struggled to 144 to go down by 60 runs.
Japan’s Alex Patmore was presented with the man of the match award.
“We couldn’t have asked for much more from the team today and I think that has booked us a spot in the semifinal now so we are really happy with where we are at,” said Patmore.
On Garden Oval 4 Belgium got off to a slow start with the bat against a rejuvenated Suriname side that had benefited from two badly needed days to acclimatize to Samoa.
The opening pair of Nirvam Shah and Sheraz Sheikh Muhammad struggled to build momentum in the overcast conditions thanks to tight opening spells from Troy Dudnath and Carlton Baker.
The persistence of the Suriname bowlers paid off just before rain delayed play when Dudnath trapped Shah LBW for five.
However when play resumed Belgium put together a dominant batting display to finish 7-283 off their reduced 42 overs.
Passing cars and local wildlife were at risk as Abdul Rehman smashed 81 of just 34 balls in the most entertaining knock of the event. His innings included four 4s and nine 6s.
“It was good to play as I did today and hopefully I entertained some people,” said Rehman. “I hope I can keep up that sort of form for the rest of the week.
Rehman was well supported by Jamie Farmiloe who made 73. For Suriname Shazam Ramjohn was the best of the bowlers with three wickets.
The new target of 286 for victory due to the earlier rain delay was never going to be easy for Suriname.
The chase was made even more difficult when Suriname slumped to 4-16 after the Belgian opening combination of Shahid Muhammad and Faisal Khaliq ripped through the top order.
From that moment on the match was a foregone conclusion as Suriname struggled to all out for 115 to go down to Belgium by 170 runs.
Tomorrow is a rest day with play resuming on Wednesday.
Scores in Brief
At Garden Ovals 1
Ghana 197 all out, 44.2 overs (O Harvey 51no, S Awiah 41; P Matautaava 3-23)
Vanuatu 5-198, 42.1 overs (N Nipiko 58no, L Natapei 41; K Bagabena 2-18)
Vanuatu won by 5 wickets on Duckworth Lewis
Man of the Match: Andrew Mansale (Vanuatu)
At Garden Ovals 2
Norway 188 all out, 42.5 overs (Z Siddiqui 57, E Ul Haq 37; B Mailata 4-15)
Samoa 5-190, 30.4 overs (B Mailata 79no, F Mulivai 38; B Shahzad 2-37)
Samoa won by 5 wickets on Duckworth Lewis
Man of the Match: Ben Mailata (Samoa)
At Garden Ovals 3
Japan 8-203, 42 overs (A Patmore 91, M Kobayashi 47; L Yonten 3-36, D Subba 2-18)
Bhutan 144 all out, 36.1 overs (J Singye 51; T Hagihara 2-23, N Miyaji 2-29)
Japan won by 60 runs on Duckworth Lewis
Man of the Match: Alex Patmore (Japan)
At Garden Ovals 4
Belgium 7-283, 42.0 overs (A Rehman 81, J Farmiloe 73; S Ramjohn 3-56)
Suriname 115 all out, 30.4 overs (M Boodram 47; F Khaliq 2-10, A Rehman 2-17)
Belgium won by 170 runs on Duckworth Lewis
Man of the Match: Abdul Rehman (Belgium)