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By Peter Della Penna in Derry, Northern Ireland
Scorecard powered by New Inning Foundation I Ball-by-Ball Commentary
USA U-19 captain Greg Sewdial recorded his highest score in a USA
U-19 uniform to lead his side to a 130-run win over Kenya U-19 at Bready
CC on Friday afternoon at the 2011 ICC U-19 World Cup Qualifier in
Magheramason, Northern Ireland. Sewdial scored 68 in 104 balls with
seven boundaries to be named Man of the Match.
“The entire team came out mentally prepared for this match and the
results showed,” said Sewdial. “I just thought it was about people
digging deep down in their soul and knowing that we’re here for a
purpose and it was about time we got our act together and I thought we
Kenya won the toss and sent USA in to bat in cold conditions on a
slightly slow wicket. Steven Taylor got out cheaply to Kenyan
all-rounder Duncan Allan for 17, caught driving to cover to make it 29
for 1 in the sixth. Cameron Mirza was dismissed LBW for the third time
in this event when left-arm spinner Raj Savala pinned him on the crease
with his second delivery to send the USA opener off for 13 at 46 for 1
in the ninth.
Abhijit Joshi was then joined by Sewdial and the two began building
up another solid partnership just as they had in the match against
Scotland. Rather than get carried away going for sixes and throwing
their wickets away, the two learned from the mistakes they made on
Wednesday to produce a 106-run partnership. It was the second century
stand in the tournament for USA and only the seventh overall by any team
in the event. USA has also been on the receiving end of two against PNG
The stand was finally broken when Joshi edged behind to the keeper
off the bowling of Emmanuel Ringera for 41. It was Joshi’s highest score
in a USA U-19 uniform. Sewdial also eclipsed his previous best, 57
against Bahamas U-19 two years ago in Canada before being run out in
cruel circumstances when Amarnauth Persaud failed to respond to a second
run on a ball hit between long off and the cover sweeper and the score
went to 159 for 4 in the 38th over.
Jodhbir Singh was the next to go, bowled by Savala for 12 to make it
180 for 5 in the 43rd. Persaud was also dismissed for 12, caught on the
boundary off Ringera to make it 189 for 6. Salman Ahmad reached 12 as
well before being caught on the boundary to give Ringera his third at
216 for 7 and Hammad Shahid was gone without scoring, also caught in the
deep off Allan.
Pranay Suri provided a late surge to USA’s innings as wickets were
falling around him. Suri hit 28 in 18 balls with two fours and a six,
making the most out of USA’s batting power play at the death. He was
also caught on the boundary for Ringera’s fourth scalp. Mital Patel and
Shayan Abdulghani added on 5 not out and 7 not out respectively as USA
finished 238 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Kenya’s chase never got going as wickets tumbled regularly beginning
in the sixth over when Shahid came on at first change at teamed up with
Sewdial to have Irfan Karim caught at second slip for 2. Fellow opener
Rushabh Patel joined Karim in the pavilion when he too edged Shahid to
Sewdial in the slips for 10 to make it 25 for 2 in the 10th.
Allan came in at number three and tried to provide some stability to
Kenya’s innings, but got virtually no support as USA’s bowlers continued
to tear through his partners at the other end. Ahmad took the next
three wickets for USA as he bowled out his 10 overs right from the start
of the chase to finish with 3 for 14 including three maidens. His first
victim was Joseph Ochieng, given LBW for 0. Ringera could only manage 2
before he was caught by Taylor standing up to the stumps. Kenya U-19
captain Kennedy Ochieng then fell without scoring after being stumped
off a leg side wide to make it 35 for 5 in the 15th over.
Singh made his presence felt in the field when he had Rahul Vishram
caught behind for 8 before Abdulghani nabbed Raj Shikotra for a duck and
Harrison Angila for 12, caught at point by Mirza, to make it 99 for 8
in the 30th. Angila’s partnership of 42 with Allan was Kenya’s highest
on the day. Suri took his first wicket in the 31st when he had Martin
Ndandason stumped off another leg side wide for 0 before he ended the
match by bowling Allan for 46 and Kenya was all out for 108 in 34.1
In the day’s other matches, Ireland’s Graeme McCarter took 5 for 8,
including the second hat trick of the tournament to help bowl Canada out
for 37 before winning by 5 wickets. Nepal defeated Namibia by 8 runs
despite Merwe Erasmus’ fourth half-century of the tournament and 6 for
41 by medium pacer Christopher Coombe. Scotland defeated Afghanistan by
33 runs while Papua New Guinea disposed of Vanuatu by 118 runs.
Scotland and Ireland are tied at the top of the list with 5-1
records. Nepal is the lone 4-2 team and is in third place. USA, Canda,
Namibia and PNG all have 3-3 records with USA in fifth place on net run
rate. Afghanistan and Kenya are 2-4 and Vanuatu is 0-6.
USA’s tournament continues on Saturday from Drummond Cricket Club
where they will take on Vanuatu. Due to internet connectivity issues,
full ball-by-ball coverage may not be possible but DreamCricket.com will
do it’s best to provide as many live updates as possible throughout the
match. First ball is set to be bowled at 10:45 a.m.