USA Wins ICC Americas Division 1 Championship

Mon, Mar 25, 2013 1:25 AM


USA Wins ICC Americas Division 1 Championship
In the days first game it was a case of saving the best for last as the USA posted the highest team total of the tournament with 198-1 and Steven Taylor scored his second century of the tournament, 127 not out. The USA won the toss and decided to bat and the openers put on 155 for the first wicket, Akeem Dodson was bowled by Kervin Ebanks for 46. Again dropped catches were a feature with Steven Taylor having 3 let offs during his innings, the last being on 99.

In reply the Cayman Islands started positively with 60 on the board before losing a wicket but they were always going to struggle to maintain the required rate. Zachary McLaughlin top scored with 35 and Ramon Sealy was the next highest with 27 but once both were gone the game meandered towards a tame conclusion. The innings ended on 121-6. Ryan Corns continued his impressive tournament with 3-12 and Abhimanyu Rajp picked up 2-29. USA eventually ran out winners by 77 runs and Steven Taylor was the only name in the frame for the man of the match.

In the final game of the tournament Bermuda won the toss and chose to bat first. Tre Manders was promoted in the order to open and responded with 51, the same score as David Hemp who came in at 3, with the two sharing a 93 run partnership. Janerio Tucker sent the ball over the rope as he has all week for a cameo 21. The innings closed on 144-4, Sauid Drepaul finishing an impressive tournament with the ball by taking 3-37.

After the loss of an early wicket Suriname got their reply back on track and Sauid Drepaul was top scorer of the innings with 42. He received good support from the rest of the top order with three other players passing 20. At the start of the last over they needed 8 to win and a four from the first ball took the pressure off and they reached the target with two runs to spare to record a historic victory. Janerio Tucker was again the pick of the bowling attack with 2-27.

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