Wright-Less USA Trounce Mozambique
Wright, the attacking opening batsman, did not make the trip to Europe on Wednesday, opting out at the last minute due to work commitments.
He was replaced by Rakesh “Juicy” Ramnarine of New Jersey, but the dashing Jamaican was not needed yesterday as the U.S. cruised to a nine wicket victory against one of the minnows in the 11- team series.
New vice captain
Sushil Nadkarnie topscored made full use of the soft opposition, hitting
an undefeated 70 and had good support from Orlando Baker who made
37 in the U.S’s 150 runs for one wicket score. They were replying
to Mozambique’s 147-7 in their allotted 50 overs.
From that stage the winners will move on to Group 3 from which the new winners will play to qualify for the 2011 World Cup to be staged in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Initial money issues were resolved for the U.S. team for the current Division One series, when the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided to release $110,000 in funding, that was denied during this country’s worldwide ban, slapped on by the world ruling body.
Sixty thousand dollars is being used to cover the expenses to compete in the current series in Jersey, an island just off England.
The full USA squad
is Steve Massiah (capt), Imran Awan, Orlando Baker, Lennox Cush, Rahul
Kukreti, Rashard Marshall, Mohamed Masood, Sushil Nadkarni, Steve
Pitter, Niraj Shah, Kwawaja Shuja, Wahab Syed, Aditya Thyagarajan
and Rakesh Ramnarine.
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