USA exact timely revenge on Argentina

Mon, Jun 15, 2009 9:37 AM

USA exact timely revenge on Argentina
USA exact timely revenge on Argentina
Hosts USA defeat Argentina by 9 wickets in Americas Women´s Championship triangular to avenge earlier loss at best possible time

Brazil finish first tournament with memorable performance against Trinidadians

The USA picked exactly the right moment to put together a strong performance and convincingly beat Argentina by 9 wickets in the second match of the Americas Women´s Championship triangular in Florida, USA. After yesterday´s loss to Canada, only a win would do to keep the USA in the hunt for the title and qualification for the play-off series towards qualifying for the Women´s World Cup qualifying tournament.

The margin of the USA victory was the exact opposite of their loss against the same opposition in the T20 section of the event earlier in the week, and was a fair reflection of a dominant display. All now depends on tomorrow´s final game in the triangular, between Canada and Argentina - a Canada win meaning Canada successfully defend their regional crown, and go through along with USA to the play-off series (later in the year); an Argentina win creating a three way tie, and definition of everything by means of net run rate.

After being asked to bat, Argentina got off to a nervous start, slumping to 11 for 3. However, a spirited fourth wicket partnership between Dirce Yuli and Catalina Greloni took the total to 71 in 21 overs, and game was on. But the experienced USA outfit turned on the pressure, and as wickets fell regularly, in the end Argentina could only muster 131 all out in 38,5 overs.

Argentina opening bat Dirce Yuli was far and away the star of the innings, making a outstanding 56, off 80 balls, with 4 fours. Captain Catalina Greloni chipped in with 19, but no-one else got into double figures as the USA bowlers dominated, led by Isoline Sutherland, 3 for 16 in 8 overs, and Ivy Mahabir, 2 for 8 in 6,5 overs.

With the USA batting order boasting a top four of all former West Indies internationals, early wickets were imperative for Argentina if they wanted to fight their way back into the game. However, the quality and experience of the batting stood firm, and led by an aggressive undefeated 55 by Shirley Ann Bonaparte, off 82 balls with 6 fours, and 24 not out from Candacy Atkins, the USA eventually coasted to victory for the loss of only one wicket in 32,3 overs.

In the other game of the day, minnows Brazil put in a memorable performance in going down to the Trinidad & Tobago Development XI by 81 runs. In their first ever official event, the Brazilians have won friends and admirers for their courageous and enthusiastic displays, and this was no exception. First of all, the bowled out the talented Caribbean outfit for 195 in 39,5 overs. With one batter retiring hurt, the Development XI´s final total read as 195 for 9. Then the Brazilian batters posted a fine 114 for 9 in their 40 overs as they completed their participation in this tournament.

For the T&T Development XI, Whitney Cudjoe crafted a fine innings of 79, while Shenelle Lord contributed with a good 37. In the bowling department Darian Diaz took 2 for 18, while Davika Singh shone with 4 for 19. For the Brazilians, all-rounder Juliana Brito was the leading performer, first taking 2 for 32 in 8 overs, then top-scoring with 23. Carol Moraes bowled excellently to finish with 3 for 27 in 7 overs, and Marcia Negreiros took 2 for 25 in 6 overs.

Tomorrow´s fixtures at Brian Picollo Park in Cooper City, Broward County, sees the big clash between favourites Canada and the exciting young Argentina team, a match that will ultimately define everything in this event. The Trinidad & Tobago Development XI will also take on Bermuda tomorrow.

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