Fragile batting again lets down ICC Americas in loss to Barbados

Tue, Aug 20, 2013 3:52 AM

Fragile batting again lets down ICC Americas in loss to Barbados
Barbados claims victory six wickets as ICC Americas' batting and fielding lets them down.

Another game saw another exposure of the fragile batting of ICC Americas, while unusually poor catching prevented them from making Barbados work hard for their win in the fifth round of the WICB U19 tournament.

Barbados won the toss and inserted ICC Americas and this saw them exposed to perhaps the quickest bowler they have seen this week. Sudeepta Aurka got the perfect bumper and it was all he could do to edge it to slip from in front of his nose. At the other end Shakeel Ahmad hit a typically belligerent 30, including a towering straight six and batting down the order at number five Steven Taylor compiled a watchful 22 before being bowled attempting to cut the spinner. No one else really contributed although Trevor Manoosingh hit another six, it is becoming his trademark at the bottom of the order.

The pitch suited spin and ICC Americas opened with it at one end in the form of Farhan Malik. Two early breakthroughs saw Barbados slip to 15-2 and the score hadn’t moved on before Americas spilt two catches, had they caught just one of them it would have made the game very interesting. Barbados settled and took their score to 30 when the players took lunch. A positive start after lunch was essential and Farhan Malik again created a chance but once again it was dropped. This was the signal for Barbados to get their heads down and the finish line was in sight before Americas claimed two more wickets, Barbados eventually winning by 6 wickets.

Farhan Malik was the pick of the bowlers as he continued to have an outstanding trip, he finished with 2-16 from his 10 overs and had three chances dropped.

The final game for ICC Americas is on Tuesday at Verchilds against possibly the strongest team, Jamaica, so a big finale will need to be found from somewhere!

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