When a match goes down to the last over with one team winning by one run, you know you've had an exciting match. And so it proved at the Americas Under-19 Championship yesterday as old rivals USA and Canada fought it out in Bermuda.
Canada won the toss and chose to bat first at St Davids Cricket Club. They scored steadily at first, with Thursaanth Anantharajah leading the upper order with an innings of 32 before he was the third man out. Canada were on 90-4 at the conclusion of the 21st over, and needed a big partnership before they lost too many more wickets.
They got exactly that from the 5th wicket pairing of Muhammad Khan and Harsh Thaker, who put on 113 before the latter was out for 47. Khan was out two balls later having scored 68. Canada couldn't quite bat out their overs, the last wicket falling in the penultimate over with the score on 241. Karan Patel was the pick of the USA bowlers with 4-40.
The USA reply started in disastrous fashion as the top order practically threw their wickets away. USA had collapsed to 10-4 by the fifth over, and needed a 57 run partnership for the fifth wicket between Srihari Dasarathy and Guaranshu Sharma to get them back into the game.
Sharma was run out for 43 - the sixth wicket to fall, and by that time captain Alex Shoff had arrived at the crease. Shoff dominated the rest of the innings, scoring a century. He was at the non-strikers end going into the last over, from which the USA needed three to win with one wicket in hand.
Number 11 Sahil Patel scored a single from the first ball of the over, getting Shoff back on strike. Shoff, on 103, then managed to get run out going for the tying run and Canada had bowled the USA out for 240, winning by 1 run.
Today is a rest day in Bermuda and the tournament will continue tomorrow with the hosts playing the USA.
Canada Under-19s beat USA Under-19s by 1 run
St Davids, Bermuda, 7 July
Canada Under-19s 241 (48.1 overs, M Khan 68, H Thaker 47, K Patel 4-40)
USA Under-19s 240 (49.2 overs, A Shoff 103, G Sharma 43, M Khan 3-52)