Malik puts champions in a spin!

Wed, Aug 21, 2013 6:13 PM

ICC Americas gave Jamaica a real scare in their final game before going down by 73 runs

Jamaica won the toss and elected to bat first in the final round of matches in this year's WICB Regional tournament and were quickly in trouble. The man doing the damage was Farhan Malik who was later to be named ICC Americas MVP at the presentation dinner. He continued his excellent week and picked up 4-24 and helped reduce Jamaica to 6-60 with help from fellow spinner Delray Rawlins. For 30 overs the Americas were on top and had a run out decision gone their way Jamaica would have been 7-90, the beneficiary of a poor decision went on to score 54 and help rebuild the innings, Jamaica ending on 203 all out. Abrash Khan also ended a good trip with 2 more wickets.

In reply there was the usual clatter of wickets and it was left to Leverock and Marshall to ensure the Americas batted their full 50 overs for the first time this trip, no mean feat against the winners of both the one day and three day tournaments. Manders chipped in with 22 but it was the struggle against spin which undermined the Americas batting again, they reached 9-130 at the close of their innings.

It was a good finish to the trip for the Americas, playing well for long periods of the game. It is hoped that the top order batsman will return to their countries and work hard in the coming months on scoring off spin bowling.

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