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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
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Allrounder Timroy Allen closed out USA’s innings with 17 not out before claiming 3 for 11 with the ball to halt Bermuda’s chase in his return to the national team as USA recorded a 44-run win over Bermuda on Saturday in the second Twenty20 trial match at Brian Piccolo Park. USA posted a score of 148 for 6 in their 20 overs before bowling out the visitors for 104 in 19.2 overs.
Allen was one of several changes for USA in the 13-a-side match with 11 batting and 11 fielding. Elmore Hutchinson also came in while Fahad Babar sat out a day after making a half-century at the top of the order. Ritesh Kadu was the third fresh player for USA and kept wicket but did not bat. Brian Hall was the sole player to come into Bermuda’s 13-man squad for the match.
Steven Taylor and Akeem Dodson opened the batting for USA and added 18 for the first wicket before Taylor was dismissed for the second day in a row by Dion Stovell, caught by Christian Burgess for 12 on the first ball of the third over. Former captain Steve Massiah’s troubles against Bermuda continued as he only managed to make 8 coming in at number three before he also fell to Stovell for the second time in two days to make it 30 for 2. In his last eight matches against Bermuda, four of which are Twenty20s, Massiah has scored 64 runs and has reached double figures just twice.
Orlando Baker notched 6 in his first innings of the weekend before he was dismissed by Jacobi Robinson in the eighth over to make it 44 for 3. Dodson made an innings high 33 off 26 balls for USA before he fell to Robinson as well on the second to last ball of the 10th over to make it 67 for 4.
Srinivasa Santhanam entered at number six and for the second match in a row played a role in USA’s largest partnership of the match, 48 runs for the fifth wicket with Karan Ganesh. Despite not hitting any boundaries, Ganesh was busy at the crease with ones and twos and only had six dot balls in his innings of 22. He gave Santhanam as much of the strike as possible as the pace bowling allrounder struck 31 off 19 balls including a pair of fours and sixes. Santhanam was removed by Janeiro Tucker two balls into the 16th to make it 115 for 5 and Ganesh fell on the last ball of the 17th to make it 127 for 6.
Allen and Hutchinson added 21 off the final 18 balls of the innings with Allen finishing unbeaten on 17 and Hutchinson not out on 13 to take USA through 20 overs. Robinson had Bermuda’s best figures with 3 for 15 off three overs while everyone else in Bermuda’s attack went for more than a run a ball.
Bermuda’s lack of batting depth shone through again on Saturday with only three players in the top eight reaching double figures as they sputtered through their chase falling well short of the target of 149. The opening partnership was the most fruitful, with Christopher Douglas and Terryn Fray adding 32 in 4.1 overs before Fray was bowled for 8 by Danial Ahmed’s first delivery of the match.
Muhammad Ghous then claimed Douglas for 15 and the explosive Lionel Cann for 5 to make it 40 for 3 in the eighth. Stovell, who had top-scored in the first match of the practice series on Friday, only managed 11 on Saturday before falling to Allen to make it 67 for 4. Tre Manders led Bermuda with 17 on the day before he was removed by Ganesh with the score on 72 in the 14th.
Image (right) - USA's Timroy Allen (file photo) took 3 for 11 on Saturday vs. Bermuda in the second Twenty20 trial match ahead of the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. [Courtesy: Peter Della Penna/DreamCricket.com]
Derrick Brangman made 2 before he was bowled by Allen. Burgess fell two balls later to give Allen his third wicket as Bermuda slipped to 78 for 7 after 15. Robinson was Ganesh’s second victim for 6 to make it 84 for 8 and Hall made 1 before he was runout by Santhanam off his own bowling to make it 89 for 9. Malachi Jones hung around with Bermuda captain Tucker until the final over before Jones was caught by Hutchinson off Ganesh for 13 with Bermuda’s innings ending having left four balls unused.
Allen had USA’s best bowling analysis with his 3 for 11 but Ganesh matched him in the wickets column, finishing with 3 for 21 in 3.2 overs. Ghous completed a tidy spell with 2 for 8 in two overs while Ahmed took 1 for 11 in a miserly four-over spell.
The two teams return to Brian Piccolo Park on Sunday for the final match in their three-game practice series. Starting time is scheduled for 10 a.m.