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By Peter Della Penna (on Twitter)
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A first innings 55 by Japen Patel boosted USA after an early wobble to get them to 138 for 7 which wound up being enough to beat Bermuda by 30 runs on Sunday at Brian Piccolo Park in Cooper City, Florida. USA swept the three-match Twenty20 practice series between the two sides and will now have a few weeks off before heading to the UAE next month for the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier from November 15-30.
USA won the toss and elected to bat for the second day in a row, bringing Patel and Adil Bhatti into the squad for the final match in which USA used 16 players. Two days removed from recording a half-century for USA in an eight-wicket win, Fahad Babar was out first ball of the match, LBW to Kamal Bashir. Akeem Dodson departed seven balls later for 7, caught by Bermuda captain Janeiro Tucker off Derrick Brangman to make it 13 for 2.
Patel joined Massiah and the pair managed to take USA through the rest of the power play overs at a steady pace with each player hitting only one boundary in the first six overs. Massiah lasted until the ninth before he was removed for 24 by Jacobi Robinson to make it 57 for 3. Orlando Baker entered at five and managed just 7 off 14 balls before being bowled by Tucker to make it 68 for 4.
Karan Ganesh entered and provided USA with another efficient knock, scoring 24 not out off 22 balls. Although he went without a boundary, Ganesh only had six dot balls and turned over the strike regularly to get the set batsman Patel as many opportunities to score as possible. The pair added 44 for the fifth wicket, with Patel teeing off on Tucker and Malachi Jones in the 15th and 16th overs for a pair of sixes. He brought up his 50 in 41 balls with a two off Tucker in the 17th but fell four balls later on the third ball of the 18th to Jones, caught by Christopher Douglas to make it 112 for 5.
Steven Taylor came in at number seven but couldn’t provide a late flourish, lasting just five balls for his 6 before getting out to Bashir in the 19th. Srinivasa Santhanam was the last man to go, run out for 2 off the final ball of the innings trying to stretch a two into three for Ganesh. Bashir was the only bowler to claim two wickets for Bermuda but went for 37 runs in his four overs. Robinson was the most economical bowler for his side, finishing with 1 for 19 in four.
Douglas opened the batting for Bermuda and was the only player to get more than 10 in what was another dim performance on the batting side for the visitors. He made 30 in 28 balls and was one of only two players, along with Robinson, who was able to reach the boundary. Lionel Cann opened with Douglas but the 41-year-old stayed for just five balls before he was out to Adam Sanford for 4. Tre Manders was dismissed three balls later for 2 to make it 14 for 2 halfway through the third over of the chase.
Tucker reached 10 before he was bowled by Danial Ahmed to make it 44 for 3. Douglas was eventually removed by McGarrell in the 10th to make it 57 for 4. Terryn Fray was runout for 2 in the 11th and when McGarrell claimed Jones for 8 in the 14th to make it 67 for 6, Bermuda was well on their way to another defeat.
Robinson struck a four and a six on his way to 17 before Sanford bowled him to end the 16th at 91 for 7. Brangman was Sanford’s third wicket, out for 7 to make it 101 for 8 in the 18th before two men were run out to end the match, Dion Stovell for 7 and Brian Hall for 3, as Bermuda was all out for 108 in 19.4 overs. Sanford finished with USA’s best figures taking 3 for 16 in four while McGarrell took 2 for 17 in three overs.
USA is expected to announce their official 15-man squad for the 2013 ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier on Monday. They used 16 players during the trial series against Bermuda, so one player who was in the Florida squad this weekend will miss out on the final 15 to go to the UAE. USA will be placed in Group A at the 16-team event alongside Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Namibia, Uganda and the UAE.