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USA Under-19 XI Hit by Hong Kong “Flu”
Squad Drops another Warm-Up Match

By John L. Aaron
Jan. 8th, 2009 | Scoreboard
The USA Under-19 Cricket World Cup team playing in their third warm-up match in New Zealand experienced some rather warm temperatures as they came up against a Hong Kong Under-19 World Cup XI. It appears as though the USA lads have not yet warmed up, and hopefully it is a good sign, and their best is yet to come against the real Group competition in the tournament.


Saami Siddiqui had a knock of 37. Photo by Shiek Mohamed.

The current squad is hoping to do a lot better than the 2006 USA Under-19 World Cup XI, however with a 1-2 warm-up match record so far, the USA lads would have to become more focused, especially among the top order batsmen, who are not firing on all cylinders. A lot of hopes and aspirations for future USA senior Men’s teams are pinned on this Under-19 squad doing well in international competition, as this group of players will no doubt form the nucleus of any USA hopes of being a part of the ICC’s Cricket World Cup in 2015.

Hong Kong one of the 16 teams participating in this year’s ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup and in Group A of the tournament, has improved tremendously since the Under-19 Qualifiers in Toronto, Canada last summer. Winning the toss, Hong Kong elected to bowl and routed the USA XI for 182 for 9 in the allotted 50 overs. Again, the top scorers were the USA’s middle-order and lower batsmen. Saami Siddiqui batting at number six top-scored with 37 off 67 balls in 68 minutes, including 2x4s. All-rounder Regis Burton chipped in with 29 off 48 balls in exactly one hour, with a solitary boundary. It’s interesting to note that Siddiqui, Saleem and Burton all exited via the run out route in the middle, as the USA sought to build a respectable score to defend. Muhammad Asad Ghous, better known for his bowling, but quickly proving to be a dependable bat at number nine scored 25 off 27 balls in 24 minutes, with a single boundary, and showing great hustle with the ones and twos.

Opener Steven Taylor although always a threat to dismantle any opposing bowler, needs to settle down and build a total as is expected of an opener. His knock of 12 included three boundaries in his 26 balls, 28 minutes in the middle. As an opening batsman, Taylor can be a dominant force if he hangs around in the longer version of the game. However, I am sure the coaches are on top of him already in this regard.

One can only hope that big bats such as Andy Mohamed, 10, Ryan Corns, 8, Gregory Sewdial, 19 and skipper Shiva Vashishat, 11, batting numbers 2 through 5 in the order, will come alive in time to make a difference in the World Cup. So far their contributions have been less than commendable, and not consistent with their enormous talent, thus putting more pressure on the tail-enders.

No one Hong Kong bowler dominated the USA team, as the nine wickets were shared among the nine bowlers used, including the three run-outs. However, the pressure exerted by the Hong Kong bowlers and fieldsmen was enough to halt any pre-tournament fever the USA may have been building in these warm-up matches. The USA wickets fell at 28, 34, 52, 75, 86, 102, 136, 179 and 181.

Hong Kong in reply, reached 186 and the victory for the loss of only four wickets, but mainly behind an even 100 posted by its skipper Jamie Atkinson. Atkinson’s century and departure at the 30.4 overs mark was made off of 86 balls in 129 minutes and the backs of seven bowlers used by the USA. The centurion’s contribution included 14x4s and 1x6, as he took the attack to the USA bowlers. The Hong Kong skipper had ample support in the middle from Ashish Gadhia, c. wktpr. Siddiqui off the bowling of Ghous for a well-played 59 in 104 minutes and off 86 balls.

Hammad Shahid was the USA’s most successful bowler grabbing 2 for 38 off 6.2 overs, but surrendering 10 wides in the effort. The other two scalps were claimed by Salman Ahmad and M.A. Ghous at 25 and 48 runs respectively. The Hong Kong wickets fell at 0, 18, 174 and 179.

The USA lads must regroup and focus on building bigger totals in the earlier overs, without necessarily going over the top. Partnerships as always, are very important in building self-confidence, boosting team morale, and stressing the concentration of the opposition. The USA will need all of those ingredients when they take on India on Monday, January 11, in the opening round of group action in the 2010 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup.

The USA is positioned in Group B alongside Australia, Ireland and South Africa, while Hong Kong is in Group A with India, Afghanistan and England.

USA Innings (50 overs) How Out Bowler Runs Mins Balls 4 6
S. Taylor ct. Barkat A. Khan 12 28 26 3 0
A. Mohamed ct. N. Khan Tucker 10 42 26 1 0
R. Corns bowled Tucker 8 42 23 1 0
G. Sewdial bowled Haq 19 57 36 3 0
S. Vashishat lbw Haq 11 39 23 1 0
S. Siddiqui run out(Tucker/Barkat)   37 68 67 2 0
S. Saleem run out(Barkat)   9 19 24 1 0
R. Burton run out(Barkat)   29 60 48 1 0
M. Ghous ct. Khan Smith 25 24 27 1 0
H. Shahid not out   1 3 1 0 0
S. Ahmad not out   0 1 0 0 0
Extras (6 lb ,0 b,14 w, 1 nb)     21    
Total (182/9 in 50 overs)     182/9    
FoW: 1-28 (Taylor,6.4), 2-34 (Mohamed,9.4), 3/52( Corns, 15.5), 4/75 (Sewdial, 21.1), 5/86 (Vashishat,23.5), 6-102 (Saleem,31.4), 7/136 (Siddiqui,42.1), 8/179 (Burton,49.3), 9/181 (Ghous, 49.3)
Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
A. Khan 7 2 20 1 4 1
N. Ali 3 0 15 0 1 0
M. Tucker 6 1 16 2 3 0
I. Ahmed 5 1 25 0 1 0
S. Haq 8 0 16 2 1 0
N. Khan 7 2 15 0 1 0
A. Smith 8 1 31 1 0 0
A. Gadhia 1 0 1 0 0 0
Asif Khan 5 0 37 0 3 0
Hong Kong U19s (183 runs to win)
  How Out Bowler Runs Mins Balls 4 6
S. Haq ct. Siddiqui(+) H. Shahid 0 1 1 0 0
H. Singh ct. Sewdial S. Ahmad 6 18 13 0 0
J. Atkinson(*) ct. Siddiqui(+) H. Shahid 100 129 86 14 1
A. Gadhia ct. & bowled M. Ghous 59 104 86 8 0
N. Khan not out   0 14 8 0 0
I. Ahmed not out   6 6 2 1 0
W. Barkat              
H. Singh              
A. Smith              
A. Khan              
N. Ali              
M. Tucker              
Extras (0 lb,0 b,13 w,2 nb)     15    
Total: 186/4 in 32.2 overs     186/4    
FoW: 1/0(Haq, 0.1), 2/18(Singh, 3.4), 3/174(Gadhia, 24.4), 4/179(Atkinson, 30.4)
Bowling Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides No Balls
H. Shahid 6.2 1 38 2 10 0
S. Ahmad 4 1 25 1 0 2
Y. Shah 3 0 16 0 0 0
M. Ghous 10 1 48 1 0 0
R. Burton 1 0 12 0 0 0
S. Saleem 3 0 23 0 1 0
R. Corns 5 0 24 0 2 0



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