Argentina U25 side too hot for Chile despite cold conditions

Sun, Sep 27, 2009 11:10 AM

Argentina U25 side too hot for Chile despite cold conditions
In a bitterly cold Santiago the visiting Argentina U25 side proved too hot for Chile to handle in a huge 228-run victory.

The Argentines batted at blistering pace throughout and posted a massive 368 for the loss of three wickets in 50 overs after choosing to bat first. Hero of the day was one of the side's two senior players, Martin Siri, who made a magnificent 175 not out, a memorable innings that included 20 fours and 7 sixes. In reply, Chile could only manage 140 before being bowled out in the 37th over.

David Mauro (38, with 2 fours and 3 sixes) and promising young talent Gabriel Gonzalez Sutil (15, with 1 four) set the pace from the outset putting on 47 for the first wicket. When both were dismissed in quick succession, Siri joined the team's other senior player, Charles Gibson, and together the pair added 101 for the third wicket, before Gibson departed for 39 (3 fours) with the total on 164 in the 30th over.

The in-form Alejo Tissera joined Siri and the pair compiled a brilliant unbroken partnership of 204 runs in the remaining 20 overs, Tissera ending on a fine 68 not out (7 fours). But it was the talented Siri who was the dominant player throughout the innings, scoring freely all around the wicket, with the Chileans finding it hard to find ways to stem the flow of runs. Their cause was not helped by a spate of dropped catches through the innings.

For Chile, young Cristian Eyzaguirre underlined his growing potential, with a persistent and tidy spell of bowling, finishing with respectable figures of 1 for 35 off 10 overs amidst the batting barrage.

Chile showed their intent with captain and key batsman Simon Shalders going in at the start, but it was to be the Argentines day. Shalders made a good 17 (3 fours), but his departure, the first wicket to fall, with the score on 34, marked the start of a Chilean slide against some aggressive bowling and enthusiastic fielding.

Wickets tumbled regularly, with two fine catches, one by David Mauro, and a particularly impressive one-handed effort from Gonzalez Sutil at slip, and after 28 overs the Chileans had been reduced to 105 for 8. Jim Scarborough hit some powerful boundaries in making 32 (3 fours and 3 sixes) and together with Mike Meade added 34 for the ninth wicket. However the return of the medium-fast Tissera worked to finish the innings at 140 after 36,4 overs.

Tissera finished with 3 for 28 in 8,4 overs, while off-spinner Pablo Siracusa picked up 3 for 21 in 6 overs. Opening bowler Facundo Duggan took 1 for 22 from his 10 overs, while Hernan Fennell bowled outstandingly to take 2 for 20 in 8 overs.

The final game of the short Argentina U25 tour is scheduled for Sunday 27th at Craighouse, another 50-over contest, in which the young Argentines will be looking to continue their momentum of the first two victories, while Chile will be aiming for continued improvement as they prepare for the ICC Americas Division 3 championship to be played in Chile in two weeks time.

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