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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
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The USA Women’s team made it two wins from two matches on Tuesday
with an 88-run win over Brazil in the 2012 ICC Americas Women’s Twenty20
Championship at JP Powell Oval in George Town, Cayman Islands. USA
wicketkeeper Melissa Sandy was named Player of the Match after top
scoring with 51 off 45 balls including two boundaries in USA’s total of
142 for 5 before restricting Brazil to 54 for 9. Brazil falls to 0-2
with the loss.
won the toss and elected to field as USA used an unchanged XI from
their first match against Cayman Islands. Once again, the team got into
an early hole as Karen Bayles was run out for 2 and her opening partner
Nadia Gruny was dismissed for 11, giving Karina Lagoa a return catch to
make it 23 for 2 in the sixth over.
On Monday, USA captain Candacy Atkins teamed with Sandy to produce a
55-run stand for the third wicket but on Tuesday the pair nearly doubled
that output with a 103-run partnership to take complete control of the
match. The partnership finally ended in the 18th over when Lagoa struck
again to remove Atkins for 35. Sandy hung around until the final over
when she was run out before Triholder Marshall was stumped for a duck on
the final ball of the innings off the bowling of Erika Reinehr. Lagoa
finished with 2 for 26 for Brazil.
Lagoa was a one-woman show for Brazil, top scoring with 25 before
being run out for the fourth wicket, as she got little support
elsewhere. Reinehr was bowled off the first ball of the chase by
Marshall and Claudine Beckford followed with two quick wickets to make
it 5 for 3 in the fourth over. Only a 29-run stand between Lagoa and Ana
Vicentin saved Brazil from further humiliation. After Lagoa was runout,
Akshatha Rao dismissed Vicentin for 13 to make it 48 for 5.
Two more runouts occurred in rapid succession while Marshall returned
to claim Rachel Maingot for a duck. When Samantha Ramautar bowled
Fernanda Goes for Brazil’s fifth duck of the innings, the score was 53
for 9 in the 18th. Maria Costa added one run to the total in the final
two overs as she and Helena Dias ensured their side was not bowled out.
Marshall had USA’s best figures on the day taking 2 for 2 in four
overs with two maidens. Beckford took 2 for 8 in four overs while
Ramautar finished with 1 for 3 in four overs and Rao took 1 for 18 in
In the other matches on Tuesday, both Canada and Argentina remained
unbeaten with wins over Bermuda and Cayman Islands respectively. Bermuda
and Cayman Islands remain winless which means three teams sit at 2-0
while the other three sit at 0-2.
Canada won by 77 runs, posting 150 for 8 after being sent in to bat.
Extras wound up as the top score with 40 while Durriya Shabbir scored
29. Lorraine Kenton then took 3 for 8 in the field for Canada as they
restricted Bermuda to 73 for 7.
Argentina secured a second consecutive 8-wicket win behind solid
bowling performances by Sharon Seaton (1 for 6 with two maidens),
Violeta Yuli (2 for 7), and Mercedes Esperon (2 for 17). Cayman Islands
were held to 79 for 8 as a result. Clara Culley scored 26 in the chase
before being runout while Argentina captain Veronica Vazquez finished 26
not out to lead her side to victory with 6.1 overs to spare.
USA faces their first major challenge of the tournament on Wednesday
when they take on Argentina at the JP Powell Oval. The match is
scheduled for an 11:30 a.m. EST start.