NY Mayor's Cup
USA Under-19 XI Scores a Warm-up Win
Ghous Misses Half-century
Jan. 5th, 2010 | Scoreboard Below
The USA Under-19 World Cup XI today scored a victory in a practice match against a Canterbury Select XI at Burnside West Christchurch University Ground in Canterbury, New Zealand. The 50-overs match was a warm up for the lads who had arrived in New Zealand some forty-eight hours earlier.
Canterbury won the toss and elected to take first strike, scoring 167 all out in 48.3 overs. Top scorers for Canterbury were T. Walsh batting at number nine with 33 not out, along with opener C. McGoldrick, 30 and number three batsman C. McConchie, 31.
Canterbury XI started off well, but some very tight spin bowling in the middle by the US trio of Shah, Saleem and Ghous pulled it back for USA. At one point Canterbury was reeling at 103 for 7, before an 8th wicket partnership of 59 runs between H. Teale, 22, and the aforementioned T. Walsh, 33 gave the home team a decent total to defend.
The pick of the USA bowlers were S. Ahmad 9-1-27-3, and H. Shahid 6.3-1-23-2. Y. Shah, S. Saleem and M. Ghous each snapped one wicket apiece. Shahid was a bit errant delivering 9 of the USA’s 15 wides, as he fought to maintain control of the ball. Skipper Vashishat had two run-outs. The Canterbury XI wickets fell at 18, 72, 83, 86, 90, 96, 103, 161, 162 and 167.
The USA batting in response scored 169 for the loss of 6 wickets in 45 overs to record the victory. Top scorers were M. Ghous, 47 not out, Saqib Saleem, 38 not out, G. Sewdial, 28 and S. Taylor, 21. M. McEwan was the pick of the bowlers for Canterbury with figures of 8-1-30-4.
The USA started off very shakily, losing the wickets of A. Joshi and R. Corns on the first two balls of the inning, and then two more in S. Taylor and skipper S. Vashishat, with the score then reading 28 for 4. Gregory Sewdial and Andy Mohamed then applied some pressure, recording a 38-run partnership, before Mohamed was lbw to M. Laffey for 12. Sewdial soon followed 10 runs later, caught off the bowling of T. Muir for 28 off 48 deliveries, including 4x4s.
Late addition to the team Steven Taylor was his usual hard-hitting self scoring a quick-fire 21 off of 23 balls, with 4x4s, before being bowled by M. McEwan. With the scorecard reading 76 for 6, S. Saleem and A. Ghous got together to repair the damage, by patiently taking their time and working the ball around for the singles and doubles, while treating the occasional bad ball with due disrespect to the boundary. Asad Ghous would end up three short of his half century, hitting 47 off of 71 balls and including 4x4s. It was that 93-run unbeaten partnership between Ghous and Saleem, 38 off 81 balls, that saw the USA through to the victory.
It was certainly a confidence builder for the young USA team, having lost opener Joshi, the usually dependable Corns, and skipper Vashishat, all with enough ducks to start a feathered farm.
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