USA makes it a "clean sweep" in the ICC Americas Division 1 - T20 Tournament

By: Orville Hall

It would be the USA's final game of the tournament, and Skipper Orlando Baker and his men, after winning all of the previous 7 games, wanted to finish with a flurry; and they did just that, as the home team brushed aside the Cayman Islands to win the eighth and final game by 77 runs. The USA won the toss, and, once again, the explosive Steven Taylor was on a rampage, as he collected his second century in as many matches. The well-built opener blasting his way to an unbeaten 127 off 62 balls, which include 14 fours and 6 sixes. Taylor and Akeem Dodson opened the innings, and with the score on 21, Taylor was put down by Alessandro Morris at fine leg. The pair took the score to 113, when Dodson sent a sitter to Abali Hoilet at midwicket, but he couldn’t hold on. Dodson was finally out for 46 and the pair had added 155 for the first wicket to register the highest partnership of the tournament. Baker joined Taylor, and they added another 4 runs before Taylor got his second chance on 99, when Ramon Sealy put down a sharp chance at point. Taylor took a single off the next ball to bring up his second century of the tournament. Taylor and Baker added 43 runs for the second wicket to take the USA to 198 for 1, and the home team had reached its highest total of the tournament. Chasing 199 for victory, the Cayman Islands openers, Ramon Sealy and Zachary Mclaughlin, got off to a good start, adding 60 runs before Sealy was caught by Barrington Bartley off the bowling of Danial Ahmed for 27. Some sloppy out cricket by the USA saw Mclaughlin getting three chances before he was finally out for a topscore of 35, and the score was 74 for 2. The Cayman Islands added another 47 runs before their innings ended on 121 for 6, and the USA had won its 8th Game by 77 runs. Ryan Corns was the USA’s most successful bowler, picking up 3 wickets for 12 runs. Steven Taylor finished with a tournament-leading 413 runs and two centuries. The next highest score for the USA was Akeem Dodson with 173 runs, Orlando Baker finished with 159 runs, and Nicholas Stanford got 111. The leading wicket-taker for the USA was Ryan Corns with 10 wickets, Danial Ahmed picked 9 wickets, and Abhimanyu Rajp took 7 wickets. The USA, having won the tournament, now goes on to the ICC T20 Qualifier in the United Arab Emirates in November. A finish in the top six in the UAE will gain the USA a berth in the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh in 2014.

Unstoppable USA wins Games 6 & 7 and Steven Taylor makes ICC Americas T20 History

By: Orville Hall

The USA steamrolled the Bahamas in game one today, before turning their fury on Bermuda to unleash another round of explosive batting in the penultimate round of the ICC T20 tournament, which is being played in Lauderhill, Florida. Opener Steven Taylor made history when he scored the first-ever century in the ICC Americas T20 tournament. In the first game against the Bahamas, USA batted first, with Steven Taylor and Timothy Surujbally opening the innings. Taylor was the first to go for 13. Japen Patel, promoted to number three, joined Surujbally and the pair added a mere 5 runs before Surujbally was run out for 22. Orlando Baker and Patel took the score to 108 before Patel was next to go for 32. Stanford didn't last very long, and when Baker was caught at deep square leg for 32, the score was 135 for 5. Dodson fell for 26 in the 18th over with the score on 152 for 6, but Barrington Bartley and Adil Bhatti added another 35 runs in 17 balls to take the score to a series-high total of 187 for 6. This was always going to be a challenging total for the Bahamas, but Marc Taylor, 30, and Julio Jemison, 52 not out, showed some resistance, adding 62 for the first wicket. After this partnership, it was all downhill for the Bahamas, as they loss their next 7 wickets for 53 runs to finish on 115 for 8. Danial Ahmed, Barrington Bartley and Steven Taylor picked up two wickets each. The USA won by 72 runs.

Then it was on to game two against Bermuda, and it would be the Steven Taylor show. Taylor, who got a life at 88, smashed 5 fours and 6 sixes on his way to 101. Except for a few nervous moments in the nineties, he hammered the ball to all parts of the field. The Strongly-built opener made his intentions known when he smashed the first ball of Malachi Jones' first over the square leg boundary for six, and followed it up with another powerful six off the third ball, as he and Akeem Dodson took the score to 68 before Dodson was caught on the long off boundary for a well-played 23. The score was 68 for 1. Nicholas Stanford was LBW for 18 and Orlando baker got 16 not out, and the USA finished on 184 for 4. Set a target of 185 to win, Bermuda's opening pair of Lionel Cann and Dion Stovell took the score to 27 for 1, before Cann was out for 10. Stovell went on to get 26 and Janerio ,who was lucky to be let off with his individual score on 11, when Japen Patel floored a sitter in the outfield, topscored with 27. It was not a very costly chance for the USA, as wickets fell at regular intervals, and when the fading light forced the players off the field for the end of play, Bermuda was teetering on 113 for 8 at the end of 17th over. After the USA's score was adjusted via the Duckworth/Lewis system to 161, the USA won by 48 runs. The USA has won every game of the tournament to date. Tomorrow is a much-needed rest day for the home team, and they try to make it a "clean sweep" when they take on the Cayman Islands in the final game on Sunday.

USA beats Surinam to make it five in a row in the ICC Americas T20 Tournament

By: Orville Hall 

The USA registered its fifth win today by defeating Surinam by 6 wickets at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, but not before struggling to put together a few partnerships to get over the finish line. It was not a particularly good day in the field for the USA, as they spilled four chances, giving Surinam an opportunity to register their best opening partnership of the innings and also of the tournament. Surinam, batting first, made a 110 for 6. Openers Charles Douglas, 23, and Arun Gokoel, who was dropped by Barrington Bartley on 8, added 40 runs for the first wicket, and Sauid Drepaul , who got chances at 9 and 22, topscored with 28; he was eventually run out by a smart piece of fielding by wicketkeeper Akeem Dodson with a direct throw at the non-striker’s end. After Drepaul’s dismissal at 86 for 4, Surinam added another 24 runs to finish on 110 for 6 at the end of the innings. Set a reasonable target of 111 runs for victory, the USA began in grand style, as Steven Taylor wasted no time in belting two fours off the first over. Timothy Surujbally, at the other end, was having some difficulty getting the ball away, and with the score on 22, he was finally out for a nine-ball duck. Dodson joined Taylor, but 11 runs later, Taylor would be run out for 23. Orlando Baker was the next man in, and he and Dodson added a few runs before Dodson was bowled for 15. With the score on 49 for 3, Nicholas Stanford joined Baker, and the pair added 20 runs before Baker was caught and bowl for 19. At 69 for 4, it would be up the Stanford, 23 not out, and Japen Patel, 27 not out, to get the job done for the USA. At the end of 17th over, and with the USA still needing 14 runs from the remaining three overs, Patel took 11 runs off the 18th. over to put the game squarely in the USA’s column at 108 for 4. The pair shared in a 42- run, fifth-wicket unbroken partnership to get the USA over the finish line. The USA will play two games tomorrow; the Bahamas at 10:00AM and Bermuda at 3:00PM. Saturday is a rest day, and the tournament will conclude with the USA taking on the Cayman Islands on Sunday.

USA beats Bermuda to remain undefeated in ICC Americas T20 tournament

By: Orville Hall

If it were being built as the Battle of the Titans today at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, it surely lived up to that name. With two unbeaten teams – the USA and Bermuda - both vying for the top spot. However, in the end, it was the USA who would have the last laugh, as they defeated the visitors by 3 wickets. Bermuda won the toss and batted first, and lost their first wicket at 24, when Captain Stephen Outerbridge skipped down the track to loft Danial Ahmad out of the grounds only to present a simple stumping chance to wicketkeeper Dodson. Janerio Tucker and Dion Stovell added another 29 runs, before Stovall was bowled by Baker for 35. Corns picked up his first wicket when he had David Hemp caught by Japen Patel for 26. Lionel Cann soon followed, and Bermuda was in trouble on 83 for 4. Rodney Trott and Malachi Jones followed in quick succession, and when Tucker was brilliantly caught on the boundary by Ryan Corns off the bowling of Ahmed for a top score of 36, Bermuda had loss their 7th wicket for 122 runs. Jekon Edness was run out off the last ball of the innings for 2 and Bermuda finished on 133 for 8. Danial Ahmed was the pick of the USA bowlers with 3 wickets for 26 runs. With 134 required for victory, it would be up to the in-form Steven Taylor, and regular opening partner Timothy Surujbally to set the platform for the USA. Surujbally started off with two fours in the first over, and followed up with two more in the second before he was adjudged LBW in the third over for 21. The USA was on 27 for 1. Akeem Dodson joined Taylor, but would only last one ball, as he was bowled for a duck. On 27 for 2, and the USA in a bit of trouble, Orlando Baker and Taylor would be looking to rebuild and get USA closer to the finishing line. The pair added 24 runs, before Taylor, trying to get on with the game, skipped down the track and lofted a catch to Samuel Robinson on the long on boundary. He was gone for 14. Baker took a single, but was run out the very next ball by a smart piece of fielding at the backward point position. A direct hit caught him just short of his ground and he was on his way for 12. On 53 for 4, and still needing another 81 runs to surpass Bermuda, all eyes would be on yesterday's hero, Ryan Corns, as he joined Nicholas Stanford and the pair set about the rebuilding process, but wickets began to fall frequently, Corns went for 15, Stanford was bowled by Jones for a well-played 36, and when Patel was caught and bowled by Robinson for 18, the USA needed only 3 more runs for victory. Barrington Bartley would seal the victory with a boundary off the first ball of the penultimate over, as the USA bench erupted, and the home team had won by 3 wickets. With Round One of the tournament completed, the USA will play Surinam tomorrow and will take on the Bahamas and Bermuda on Friday. The tournament wraps up on Sunday, with the USA playing the Cayman Islands in the final game at Brian Piccolo Park.

USA makes it three in a row in ICC Americas T20 Tournament

 After making light work of the Cayman Islands and Suriname yesterday at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida, the USA returned to the same venue today to do battle against the Bahamas, and when the dust cleared, the USA had won by 8 wickets. 

The Bahamas won the toss and decided to bat, but found themselves in immediate trouble when Marc Taylor was bowled off the fourth ball of the day. With the score on 3 for 1, it didn’t get much better for the visitors. With the score on 29, Jemison tried to clear the boundary, and was caught at long off for 15. The new batsman, Atkinson, was adjudged LBW in the same over, and the Bahamas were teetering on 32 for 3. Greg Taylor and Tappin added 27 for the fourth wicket before Tappin was caught at midwicket off Abhimanyu Rajp and the score was 59 for 4. It should have been 59 for 5, had Orlando baker not spill a sitter at midwicket. The dropped catch would not be very costly, as Greg Taylor was next to go, caught at deep midwicket by Japen Patel. The score was 62 for 5.  Barry then tried to move the scoring rate along, as he took a couple of sixes of a Ryan Corns’ over, but in the very next over, he was bowled by Baker for 28. The score was then 98 for 6. Brown came in and tried to get some quick runs in the remaining overs, and when he was run out off the last ball of the innings, the score was 113 for 7.

Requiring 114 for victory, the USA promoted Ryan Corns to the opening position, and he and the explosive Steven Taylor walked out to begin the task for the USA.  This would not be Taylor’s day; with the score on 24 he was run out for 12. Corns would avenge for any mishap in the run out, by carrying his bat throughout the innings to see USA surpass the Bahamas’ score. Akeem Dodson joined Corns and the pair added another 10 runs before Dodson miscued a short ball and was caught at midwicket for 9. At 34 for 2, the USA captain, Orlando Baker, joined Corns and the pair took the USA over the finishing line. Ryan Corns finished with a well-played 61 not out. The USA returns to the field tomorrow to take on Bermuda. With both teams undefeated to date, tomorrow’s match will see one of these teams losing for the first time in the tournament.

Live scores and detailed scorecards of matches so far can be found on the CricHQ tournament page:
http://www.crichq.com/competitions/443-icc-americas-division-1/draws/1300-2013-div-1-t20-florida 

By: Orville Hall

USA Team off to a Flying Start in T20 Qualifier

USA started their ICC Americas T20 Qualifying tournament strongly with two wins on day one. USA comfortably accounted for the Cayman Islands and Suriname in their two matches at Central Broward County International Cricket Stadium today. 

In game one USA were dominant against the Cayman Islands defeating them by 100 runs. It was a landmark day for the USA posting a record Twenty20 score of 185/4. The innings was highlighted by a brilliant innings of 95 from only 58 balls by Steven Taylor. The opener was at his explosive best hitting twelve boundaries, including 3 sixes during his stay at the crease. 

Taylor shared in two important partnerships that set up the record innings. Nicholas Stanford (34 from 29 balls) combined with Taylor for an impressive 91 run second wicket stand. This momentum was maintained by USA Team Captain, Orlando Baker (37 from 21 balls), through his 53 run partnership with Taylor late in the innings to push the score up to 185/4. 

Requiring more than 9 runs per over to win the game the Cayman Islands side were under early pressure. As this pressure continued to mount wickets began to fall. Japen Patel was the pick of the bowlers picking up two wickets for seven runs from his two overs. Elmore Hutchinson and Danial Ahmed were also significant contributors picking up a wicket each but also returning economy rates of only 1.5 runs per over. USA restricted the Cayman Islands to 85/5 after its 20 overs resulting in a significant first up win. 

Game two against Suriname was won in equally convincing fashion as USA 171/4 defeated Suriname 92/7. The second fixture started similarly to the morning game as USA side batted first and went about posted a large total from their 20 overs. 

Partnerships were the again the key with the bat. Openers Timothy Surujbally and Steven Taylor contributed 67 for the first wicket before Taylor was dismissed for 28. Surujbally followed soon after for a well-made 44 from 34 balls. Akeem Dodson and Karan Ganesh were critical through the middle and latter stages of the innings adding a further 64 run stand to see USA post 171/4. Dodson closed the innings beautifully with his 54 not out from 40 balls. 

In reply Suriname struggled to get going as Danial Ahmed took two wickets in the second over of the innings. When Elmore Hutchinson picked up another early scalp and Ryan Corns contributed a wicket of his own and a run out Suriname were in trouble at 26/5.  Suriname regained some composure to add 50 for the sixth wicket however they were always a long way behind the required run rate. Their innings eventually finishing at 92/7 from their 20 overs. 

USA play against the Bahamas tomorrow afternoon in their third match of the tournament. 

For full scorecards and further tournament results please visit CricHQ tournament page below: 
http://www.crichq.com/competitions/443-icc-americas-division-1/draws/1300-2013-div-1-t20-florida

 

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