It's been a lengthy wait between Auty Cup triumphs for the USA, with their last win coming in 1991 when they beat Canada by 107 runs in a three day game in Calgary. That wait ended yesterday as they beat Canada in King City, Ontario to secure the three match series.
USA captain Ibrahim Khaleel won the toss and chose to bat first at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club. The home team were initially well on top, with both USA openers out by the second over, and the visitors soon found themselves on 42-4.
The American middle order recovered nicely though, with Mrunal Patel and Timil Patel putting on 69 for the seventh wicket. Timil Patel again top scored, this time with 44 before he was the first of three men bowled by Cecil Pervez. Saad Bin Zafar also took three wickets as the USA were bowled out for 178.
What should have been a relatively straightforward chase for the hosts was anything but. Their top score was Usman Limbada's 24 as they were bowled out for 155, losing by 23 runs. Nosthush Kenjige and Nisarg Patel both took three wickets.
As is the vagaries of international scheduling for lower ranked associates, neither team has any confirmed dates of future matches. Canada will be playing in the next World Cricket League Division 2 tournament, whilst the USA will be in the next Division Three tournament.
Canada lost to USA by 23 runs
Maple Leaf South West Ground, King City, Ontario
USA 178 (48.3 overs, T Patel 44, Saad Bin Zafar 3-27, C Pervez 3-36)
Canada 155 (43.3 overs, N Kenjige 3-31, N Patel 3-35)