Canada defeated USA by 40 runs in its first game of ICC Americas Women's Championship triangular
Brazil inspire with brave display in six-wicket defeat against Bermuda
Defending champions Canada took a big step towards retaining its title in the ICC Americas Women's Championship in Florida, USA with a solid 40-run victory over its North American rivals USA. Adding importance to the victory was that it also moved Canada closer to a place in the ICC Americas Qualifiers to maintain its ICC Women's World Cup dream.
Canada will next play the revelation of the tournament Argentina on Friday, while USA will face the South Americans tomorrow at Brian Picollo Park. Although having lost to Argentina in the T20 phase of the tournament, USA will still be considered the favourites to win what is for them the last chance to finish in the top two. An Argentine victory tomorrow will simply eliminate USA from any success in the event.
Having been put on to bat, Canada compiled a respectable total of 178-9 in their allotted 40 overs, thanks largely to an excellent innings of 71 from Mona Persuad. The Canadian number four faced 88 balls and struck three fours, and received some support from Sheryl Tittlemier, who made 20 in 38 balls, sharing in a vital fourth wicket partnership of 48 runs after Canada had been reduced to 57-3 at one stage.
In reply, USA made a fine start to their run chase, as Doris Francis (39 in 72 balls, one four) and Candacy Atkins (35 in 53 balls, two fours) put on 56 for the third wicket, putting their team in a strong position at 101-3. However the middle and lower order batters could not maintain the challenge, and USA was all out for 138 in 37 overs.
Canada captain, Joanna White (3-22 in six overs) and player of the match Mona Persaud (3-32 in five overs) were the main wicket takers, as the last seven USA wickets fell for a mere 37 runs.
In the other game of the day, Bermuda proved too strong for Brazil, winning by six wickets. Earlier, having been asked to bat, Brazil produced an inspired performance, scoring 123 all out in 38.5 overs. Bermuda reached its target of 124 in 30.2 overs for the loss of four wickets, but faced a tough fight from the Brazilian side.
All-rounder Juliana Brito was the star of the Brazilian performance against Bermuda, scoring 22, and taking 2-20 in her eight overs. For Bermuda, player of the match Terry Lynn Paynter, made an invaluable unbeaten 49, including four boundaries.
The performance of the Brazilian squad in the event has been phenomenal. Perhaps lacking technically in many areas, their potential, awareness and learning curve over the course of event has been great, and in reality, they are now where Argentina was a mere two years ago.
Tomorrow's games, both at Brian Picollo Park, will see Argentina take on USA, while Brazil will face the T&T Development XI.
Scorecards Day 3
Bermuda v Brazil
USA v Canada