Canada win one-day match, tie T20 series
After the main attraction of the two-day Auty Cup contest, which ended in a draw with Canada retaining the cup, came three limited overs matches between the USA and Canada in Florida.
On Friday the teams played a one-day match with the USA batting first after losing the toss. The Americans made a number of changes to their team, amongst them giving a debut to 40 year old ex-West Indies player Neil McGarrell, who played a handful of Tests in 2001.
The USA got off to a good start, putting on 94 before the first wicket fell, though captain Steven Taylor had already retired hurt by that point. William Perkins was the man out having scored 46, and that ended up being the top score in the US innings.
Perkins was dismissed by Raza Rehman, who went on to bowl superbly to take 5-27 from his ten overs as the home side were bowled out for 194, Taylor unable to resume his innings.
Canada were never really in trouble in reply, despite losing six wickets as they always stayed ahead of the required rate. McGarrell bowled well for the USA, going for just 28 from his ten overs, but he was unable to take a wicket.
Usman Limbada top scored for them with 64 before the match ended in the 47th over of the innings after a pair of sixes from Hamza Tariq and Jimmy Hansra to secure the four wicket win.
In the first of two Twenty20 matches on Saturday, Canada started superbly, putting on 84 for the first wicket before Rizwan Cheema was bowled sweeping at a straight one having scored 54 from just 29 balls. The next pair took the score to 103 before the collapse started.
From that great start, Canada were only able to score 148-9 in their 20 overs. Hiral Patel scored 54 to match Cheema's score, but Jimmy Hansra had the only other score in double figures. Japen Patel was the pick of the USA bowlers with 4-26. Many of the wickets fell to indiscriminate slogs, a pattern that repeated itself throughout the day.
As in the one-day game, the USA again lost an opening batsman to injury when Timothy Surujbally retired hurt having smashed 27 from ten balls. After that, the USA struggled against the Canadian slow and medium paced bowlers and were bowled out for 122 to lose by 27 runs.
The home side finally came together in the second Twenty20 match. Batting first after winning the toss, they scored 162-5 from their 20 overs, Timil Patel top scoring with an unbeaten 67 from 55 balls.
No Canadian batsman was able to get a start in reply and they were bowled out for 116 to lose by 47 runs. Barrington Bartley was the pick of the USA bowlers, taking 3-14 as he polished off the Canadian tail.
The next scheduled matches for Canada will be Intercontinental Cup and World Cricket League Championship matches against Kenya in March/April. The matches are scheduled to be played in Kenya, but they may be moved as with the Kenya v Namibia contest.
The USA will next be in action in Division Three of the World Cricket League in Bermuda in April/May. The top two from the tournament will qualify for the 2014 World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand. Also involved, as well as the hosts, are Italy, Nepal, Oman and Uganda.