Canada now looks certain to take one of the two spots in the Global WC U19 Qualifier in September by defeating their North American rivals USA on Day 4 of the U19 Americas
Championship. The game was a lot closer than the margin of victory (62 runs) would indicate. In the final analysis Canada's front line batsmen were slightly better on the
day as both teams got little contribution from their middle order and tail enders. On both sides the middle and lower order batsmen were completely sub duded by the
opposition spinners. On the day spin bowling accounted for 13 wickets and it had nothing to do with the pitch but rather a lack of foot work and the batsmen inability to
read the bowlers. Of the 15 bowlers used in today's match, nine were spinners and one must ask the question was it the right mix or was the batting strength compromised?
Canada won the toss and made the bold decision to bat. While the start saw Canada keep their wickets intact the run rate was a concern for the Canadians.
At 117-3 ( 30 overs) there was still hope for a total of 250 but at this point the spinners completely took control and the remaining batsmen could only add 78 in the
final 20 overs. A target of 193 was certainly possible judging the USA batting performance to date but Canadian opening bowler Maninder Auklah sent both openers back to
the Pavilion for 28 runs. The USA continued to score at a rate of four runs per over but could not keep the wickets from falling. The turning point of the game was a
brilliant run out when Usman Limbada's throw plugged the stumps from twenty yards out and ended a promising comeback by Greg Sewdial who top scored with 41 runs. For
Canada R.Gunasekjera (42),N.Kumar (36) , R.Bhatti (31) and H.Patel (31) lead the batting while H.Patel with 3/28, R.Gunasekera 2/18 and M.Aulakh 2/24 were the top bowlers.
The USA got fine innings from Greg Sewdial (41) and Regis Burton (21).Their bowling attack was lead by Captain Shiva Vashiat who took 3/40.
Canada's victory sets up the possibility of a three way tie for first place. Should they lose to Bermuda on Saturday and the USA beat the Cayman Islands as expected there
will be a three way tie. Canada currently leads the NRR but a loss tomorrow by a big margin and a USA victory also by a big margin could see the USA and Bermuda moving on
to the qualifier.
In the other games today Bermuda easily got by the winless Bahamas by 106 runs. Christopher Douglas had an outstanding day top scoring with 78 and then taking 3/32 to
capture the Man of the Match award. Joshua Gilbert had a fine innings of 50 while Tre Manders captured 5/18 as he mopped up the Bahamian tail enders. Jermaine Adderley (51),
Marc Taylor (29) and Orlando Stuart (27) were top contributors to the Bahamas total of 151. Staurt ,the tournament's second highest wicket taker, took 4/43.
Cayman Islands Captain Ramon Sealy finally found form as he notched 77 against Argentina. However the highlight of the match was the comeback by Argentina to limit the
Islanders to 165. Who better to lead the comeback but the youngest player in the tournament, 13 year old Lautaro Agustin Musiani ,the right arm leg spinner took 4/28 in
his 10 overs. Argentina could only manage 74 in reply .
Final Day Games: Canada vs Bermuda, Argentina vs Bahamas , USA vs Cayman Islands
Canada 10th July 2009
|Played||Won||Lost||Draw||Points||Run Scored||Overs||Run Scored by Opponent||Overs||NRR|
|Leading Batsmen |
|Name ||Country ||Runs |
|H.Patel ||Canada ||210 |
|R.G.Corns ||USA ||137 |
|H.Wardley ||USA ||135 |
|C.Douglas ||Bermuda ||127 |
|A.Mohammed ||USA ||115 |
|R.Bhatti ||Canada ||112 |
|G.R.Sewdial ||USA ||107 |
|R.Sealy ||Cayman ||106 || || |
|Leading Bowlers |
|Name ||Country ||Wickets |
|C.Douglas ||Bermuda ||12 |
|O.Stuart ||Bahamas ||10 |
|A.Qadir ||Canada ||7 |
|R.Pathan ||Canada ||6 |
|D.Parker ||Cayman ||6 |
|C.Cato ||Cayman ||6 |