ICC Americas team drops first match of Regional U19 One Day Tournament in St. Kitts
The ICC Americas team caught their first glimpse of the next generation of Caribbean cricketers today when they played their first match against Guyana U19. It should have served as a wakeup call for a few of the Americas team as Guyana ran out easy winners by 7 wickets.
Steven Taylor won the toss and chose to bat on what turned out to be a wicket of uneven bounce and he and Stephan Joseph made a steady start, the score was 36 when Taylor nicked a decent ball to the keeper. That wicket saw the introduction of spin and the upper and middle order seemed devoid of ideas of how to score. The spinners bowled a good line and length and the batting sides inability to sweep or use their feet saw them anchored in the crease before going for the big hit and getting out. Three spinners logged group figures of 20 overs 7 wickets for 25 runs. Only a gutsy 15 from 53 balls from Kapoor and two big sixes from Manoosingh got the score up to near 100, the innings finishing on 91 all out.
Next was an introduction to the batting, Leverock taking the first over and conceding 24. Taylor and Manoosingh bowled with control and turn and picked up a wicket each, one courtesy of an excellent stumping by Burgess. The only other bright spot was a wicket for the 15 year old Abrash Khan who linked up again with Burgess for his strike.
Guyana ended the game three wickets down with half the overs to spare. ICC Americas looked to rebound from their loss as they played their second match of the tournament on Sunday, August 11 against Leewards.