Canada crowned Americas Champions as rain washes out final day

Mon, Jun 15, 2009 9:48 AM


Canada crowned Americas Champions as rain washes out final day
Canada crowned Americas Champions as rain washes out final day
Canada successfully defended its ICC Americas Women's Championship crown without bowling a ball on the final day as torrential rain pours down in Miami

Runners-up USA will meet Canada in a play-off series at a future date to determine which team represents the Americas at the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier

With no play possible due to heavy rain on the final scheduled day of the competition and without a single ball being bowled, Canada was confirmed as winners of the second ICC Americas Women's Championship played in Broward County, Florida, USA.

Torrential rain accompanied by violent thunder and lightning caused play to be abandoned as early as lunchtime, and Canada's share of points with today's scheduled opponents Argentina eased them to the top of the table, ahead of USA in second place.

It was a slightly disappointing end to an absorbing week of cricket in Florida, and Argentina was denied the chance to try and conjure up another giant-killing act. But as seen over the past few days, there can be few arguments that the best team ended with the championship in their hands, for the second time in as many tournaments.

USA clinched second place, and a shot at denying Canada a trip to the next ICC Women's World Cup qualifying tournament, as the two teams will now have to play it out in a three-match series at a venue and date to be determined in the future.

If Canada was the final deserving winner, there was little doubt that Argentina was the revelation of the tournament. Since the first regional women's tournament, the then "pobrecitos" (poor little things) have very much graduated to now be able to compete on almost equal terms with any other Americas country, and with opening bat Dirce Yuli finishing the 2009 event as the top run-scorer, the indications are that player for player, the young South Americans are rapidly coming of age.

Debutants Brazil were a welcome addition to the tournament, and any pre-event doubts that they would be out of its depth were erased day by day as they showed tremendous enthusiasm, determination and a desire to learn, and it will be interesting to see where the curve takes them over the next few years until the next Americas championship.

Bermuda will be disappointed with its showing, but it must be said that it missed absence of its key players thoroughly. Once again the presence of a team of talented young players from Trinidad & Tobago proved to be a winning formula for the event and everyone who was fortunate to compete against them.

Tomorrow sees the finale, highlighted by an Americas XI taking on the Trinidad & Tobago Development XI in a 40-over match, while on an adjacent ground, there will be a celebration of women's cricket in America as mixed teams of participating players will enjoy a series of T20 matches.

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