USA crash to defeat in Florida
The USACA will be glad that they've persuaded New Zealand and Sri Lanka to play in Florida, as their own national side yet again failed on the big stage, losing by 132 runs to Jamaica in a one-day match yesterday.
Jamaica captain Tamar Lambert won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch that has already been described as sluggish and slow by the New Zealand and Sri Lankan camps. They got off to a great start with a 122 run opening partnership between Danza Hyatt and Donovan Pagon before Hyatt was out for 73.
Pagon went on to score 97 before he was caught and bowled by Orlando Baker in the 41st over with the score on 207. Jamaica then lifted the score in style from the last nine overs. Skipper Lambert scored 52 from 53 balls, whilst Carlton Baugh smashed 48 from 30 to take the score to 307-4 from their 50 overs.
Only two of the eight USA bowlers used by USA captain Steve Massiah emerged with any credit - Asad Ghous with 2-42 from his ten overs, and the captain himself, with 1-27 from six overs.
The USA, opening with two former Jamaica players, got off to a poor start when Carl Wright was run out from the first ball going for a second run. Orlando Baker gave himself the task of providing the backbone to the innings, and he stayed in for a while.
Steve Massiah and Clain Williams both fell in the eighth over with the score on 25 before a 74 run partnership between Baker and Aditya Thyagarajan for the fourth wicket. Debutant Ashhar Mehdi put on 43 for the sixth wicket with Baker, before Baker was out for 56.
That was the end of the USA resistance, and the last four wickets only put on another 18 runs between them, the USA crashing to a 132 run defeat.
These two teams meet in Twenty20 matches on Saturday and Sunday, though the big occasion will of course be the two full Twenty20 Internationals being played on the same days at the same venue between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.