Canada retain Auty Cup after draw
The USA played host to the Auty Cup for the first time since the 1994 match in Brooklyn as they took on Canada at a deserted Broward County Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
After a delayed start on the first morning of the two-day match due to a wet outfield, Canadian captain Rizwan Cheema won the toss and elected to bat first. Opening bowler Naseer Jamali soon had the visitors on the backfoot when he took three quick wickets to reduce them to 39-3.
The US spinners then took over on a pitch that was taking turn almost straight away. Timil Patel took three wickets, whilst Danial Ahmed bowled economically. Canada soon found themselves struggling on 139-8 in the 49th over.
But Raza-Ur Rehman was playing a patient innings as the wickets fell, and he was able to score 88 from 197 balls to take the Canadian first innings score to 196 in 70.4 overs.
The USA opened their first innings with Steven Taylor, fresh from playing for the World XI against a Pakistan XI in Karachi recently, and William Perkins, a debutant who previously played a Twenty20 International for the West Indies back in 2008.
The pair didn't last long though, Perkins falling with the score on 17 and Taylor following in the next over. Timothy Surujbally and Karan Ganesh took the score to 38-3 at the close of play.
The pair put on a further 25 runs on the second morning, but Canada soon put the brakes on and the USA were soon on 84-7. An innings of 20 from Ryan Corns took the score to 111, but Nelson struck and Corns was out from the last ball before the lunch interval. Only three more runs were added after lunch to take the US first innings total to 114, giving Canada a lead of 82.
Canada again struggled against the US spinners, but had still taken their lead beyond 150 at the tea interval. They opted not to declare at tea to set up a US run chase, and instead batted out for a draw.
Raza-Ur Rehman again top scored for Canada with an unbeaten 54, whilst Danial Ahmed and Timil Patel bowled superbly to take four wickets each. With Canada's score on 159-8 the match was declared a draw, leaving some observers wondering why a three-day game wasn't being played or why the mandatory declaration rules from last year weren't in place.
The teams meet again tomorrow in a 50 over contest before playing two Twenty20 matches on Saturday.