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By Peter Della Penna in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Official Scorecard I Ball-by-Ball Commentary
West Indies U-19 opener John Campbell crossed 150 for the second time
in as many games while Kyle Mayers notched the fourth century of the
series for his side as they defeated USA U-19 by 220 runs on
Duckworth-Lewis Method on Tuesday at the Central Broward Regional Park
in Lauderhill, Florida.
USA won the toss and elected to field on another warm sunny day in
south Florida. Kalim Ahmed, who flew down to Florida on Sunday night for
what USACA General Manager Manaf Mohamed said was a training camp, was
inserted into the starting XI along with Jodha Singh and Hammad Shahid
in place of Trevor Singh, Shayan Abdulghani and Amarnauth Persaud from
the lineup that played in Sunday’s game. West Indies also made three
changes with Donovan Nelson, Justin Greaves and Sunil Ambris sitting out
in place of Amir Khan and Kieron Joseph and Jerome Jones.
West Indies produced another century stand for the first wicket as
captain Kraigg Brathwaite turned over the strike as often as possible to
Campbell, who was swinging at virtually every ball he faced and
connecting for runs at a brisk rate. He crossed 50 in only 22 balls,
putting the USA bowling attack under immense pressure.
During the big opening stand, Campbell hit a Prashanth Nair delivery
in the 12th over high in the air between Singh at long on and Ahmed at
long off. The ball landed between them before the two players collided.
Both men stayed down on the field for about five minutes before walking
off under their own power and were taken to a local hospital where Ahmed
received stitches in his lip and Singh got treatment for a facial
injury before both players were released and came back to the stadium.
Amarnauth Persaud and Trevor Singh then came on as substitute fielders.
In Nair’s next over, he managed to dismiss Brathwaite for 18 after
the batsman pulled a full toss to Greg Sewdial at midwicket. At the fall
of the wicket, some confusion arose as USA brought on Christopher van
Tull, a player not in the 14-man squad, and had him put on the
wicketkeeping gear in place of Steven Taylor who started the game in the
designated position. After some discussions between the on field
umpires and members of both management staffs, van Tull was allowed to
keep wicket for USA for the duration of the innings. van Tull is
registered as a player with the Guyanese-West Indian Association CC in
the Garden State Cricket League (New Jersey).
Four overs later, Nair took his second wicket when Ramon Senior was
caught for 3 slogging a full length delivery to Shahid on the midwicket
boundary to make it 116 for 2. A short time later, Campbell pulled a
short ball through midwicket to bring up his ton in 62 deliveries with
10 fours and three sixes while having only 17 dot balls in his innings
to that point. Kavem Hodge was the next to go, run out for 16 by Taylor
in the covers, who made an excellent stop before firing to van Tull
behind the stumps as Hodge was just short trying to make his ground.
From there, Campbell and Kyle Mayers produced a century stand, but
one that could have been nipped in the bud much earlier. In the 29th
over bowled by Shahid, Campbell was on 115 when he tapped a delivery
toward Taylor in the covers and set off for a tight run. Taylor attacked
the ball, collected it from close range and then fired it past the
stumps with Campbell a yard short of the crease. Two balls later, Mayers
was on 19 when he mishit a drive that floated straight to Nair fielding
at midwicket in the circle, but the left-arm spinner put down a simple
chance and the two batsmen continued to take West Indies to another
A short time later, lightning was detected and the players were taken
off the field for the first of two weather delays with the score at 230
for 3 in 33.4 overs at which time the umpires called for the lunch
break with Campbell on 134 and Mayers on 45. The two added another 32
runs to their stand after play resumed before Campbell holed out to
Shahid at long on to give Salman Ahmad his first wicket in the match.
Campbell finished with 152 in only 96 balls with 13 fours and five
sixes. He only had 24 dot balls in his innings.
reached his century in 83 balls before getting out to Nair, caught by
Mital Patel who made a great sliding catch coming in from long off for
107 with 11 fours and two sixes. Nair got his fourth four balls later
when Joseph took a full delivery and hit it to another sub fielder not
in the 14-man squad, Stephon Singh. Singh is registered with Windies CC
in the Washington Metropolitan Cricket Board league.
Image (right) - Kyle Mayers takes off his hat and points his bat
to the West Indies bench after reaching his century. [Courtesy: Peter
Nair completed his five-wicket haul by getting Derone Davis to drive
another catch to Patel to make it 351 for 7 in the 49th over. West
Indies finished their innings at 368 for 7 in 50 overs. Nair finished
with 5 for 57 in 10 overs, one of the few highlights for USA in this
In reply, USA’s opening partnership of 29 runs between Taylor and
Cameron Mirza was the biggest partnership of the series for the team,
another sign of gradual improvement. The stand ended when Taylor chipped
an easy catch back to left-arm spinner Davis for 9. Persaud came out to
bat next as the match turned into a field XI, bat XI contest on USA’s
A short time later in the 16th over with the score 30 for 1, the
second weather delay took place when more lightning was detected near
the stadium despite no rain and the players had to leave the field. When
the match was restarted, eight overs were reduced and the target score
went from 369 to 322. Persaud then became Davis’ second wicket when he
spooned a catch to Ronsford Beaton at mid on for 7.
USA U-19 captain Sewdial joined Mirza and produced a dogged stand,
fighting off the Windies spinners for as long as possible. Davis and
leg-spinner Amir Khan bowled in tandem with an immaculate line and
length as the batsmen became bogged down and had trouble rotating the
strike. After Khan and Davis finished their spells, more spin came in
the form of Brathwaite and Campbell.
Mirza’s long vigil at the crease ended in the 34th over for 34 runs
when he tried to cut Brathwaite and sent a thick edge to Campbell at
slip. Sewdial fell for 15 in similar fashion as Campbell pulled off a
stunning catch to give Brathwaite two scalps. Pranay Suri was bowled
behind his legs by Campbell for 9 with one over remaining. Abhijit Joshi
played a few nice shots off the back foot to make his way to 17 not out
as USA ended at 101 for 5 in 42 overs.
USA U-19 and West Indies U-19 will play their final match on Thursday
at 11 a.m. EST. Live coverage on DreamCricket.com begins at 10:30 a.m.