NY Mayor's Cup
USA Under-19 Warms-down In 2nd Match
USA Batsmen Fail to Ignite in 2nd Warm-Up Match
John L. Aaron
Winning the toss and electing to bat may or may not have had an effect on losing, but the faces of the willows shown by the earlier USA batsman, was an indication of where things were headed, losing their first seven wickets for a paltry 50 runs in the match. The USA would go on to score 96 all out in 28.6 overs. Pace bowler Regis Burton batting at number nine was the only one showing a stiff spine, scoring 25 off 29 deliveries with 2x4 and 1x6. It was a day when the USA lads may just have had just too much of the New Zealand desserts of pavlova and pineapple lumps, before striding to the middle.
The first to return to the seating area was opener Steven Taylor cleaned bowled on the first delivery from E. Nutlall. He was soon followed by another first-ball duck recipient Abhijit Joshi via the same route and bowler. Henry Wardley from whom a lot is expected in this tournament and batting at number three was trapped lbw for 8 off 22 deliveries and the bowling off J. Tapper (USA 3 for 28).
Ryan Corns’ 18 off 46 balls with a solitary boundary appeared to be painstakingly holding things together, but he went bye-bye with the score at 37. Skipper Vashishat batting at number seven only contributed 11 off 43 balls with one boundary, and lifting the USA score to 91. Sammi Siddiqui, 4, Andy Mohammed, 2, and Saqib Saleem, 1, along with Mr. Extras 19, were the other contributors. Were it not for some brief partnerships between Corns, Vashishat and Burton, the USA top order batsmen failed to keep any warmth of the first match going in their favor.
The USA lads would probably blame the New Zealand desserts, but the Canterbury Under-17s would definitely attribute the collapse of the US batting to the very accurate and tight bowling of their team’s top bowlers; J. Tapper 6-1-16-4, E. Nutlall 8-1-18-3 and T. Van Woerkom 4-0-11-2. L. Davidson grabbed the remaining wicket that of Siddiqui for 4, at a cost of 26 runs off his 5 overs. The USA wickets fell at 0, 0, 28, 30, 37, 44, 50, 91, 92 and 96.
The Canterbury lads took to the field with self-assurance scoring the required 97 runs for the loss of only five wickets in 37.2 overs, with opener K. McLure scoring a half-century. The Canterbury Under17s posted 18 runs, before losing their first wicket, that of A. McCracken c. G. Sewdial b. R. Burton without scoring. While the other opener McLure was having a go at the USA bowlers at the opposite end, reaching his unbeaten 50 off 111 deliveries and including 9x4s. The only other double-figure was recorded by B. Ward c. wktpr S. Taylor b. M. Ghous for 10.
It was the 34-run second-wicket partnership stand between McLure and Ward, that sealed the fate of the USA team, as the USA bowlers again appeared to have trouble with ball control under the New Zealand conditions, sharing twice as many wides (14) among themselves, as their New Zealand counterparts combined. The Canterbury wickets were shared among Muhammad Asad Ghous 10-5-12-2, Ryan Corns 9.2-4-20-2 and Regis Burton 5-0-15-1. The other USA bowlers N. Jamali, S. Saleem and A. Mohammed combined for 13-2-48-0. The Canterbury Under-17 wickets fell at 18, 52, 66, 69, and 77.
The USA plays Hong Kong tomorrow, in another warm-up match, except Hong Kong is part of the 16-team World Cup tournament and that match will be a purity test for the USA.
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