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USA Amend By Trashing Cayman Islands
But Canada Are New U-19 Champs

By Orin Davidson
July 13th, 2000
(Comment Below)
The United States faced two opponents on Saturday and duly beat the rain and the Cayman Islands to notch their fourth victory at the International Cricket Council’s Under-19 Americas championship.


USA captain Shiva Vishashat (top) during his innings of 63, Yash Shah (below) had impressive figures of 3 wickets for 7 runs against Cayman Islands.

However they would’ve preferred five wins, as they saw Canada lift the championship trophy for the first time in three competitions, with a 100 percent five wins record at the Maple Leaf cricket facility on the outskirts of Toronto.

In whipping Cayman Islands by staggering 201-run margin, the 2005 champions amended somewhat for losing the previous day to Canada, which made the difference between them being runners up and champions.

Nevertheless America left Canada with the opportunity for revenge against the home team as the two top finishers have advanced to the 10-team World Cup qualifying competition set for September once again in Canada at Maple Leaf.

America completed the lone full victory, clinched on a rain affected day in which Canada and the Bahamas had to settle for run rate-wins.

Seconds before a vicious rain storm sent players, officials and spectators scampering for cover and tents flying in the gusts, Salim Jammali ran out the last Cayman Islands batsman to secure the victory in an encounter reduced to 35 overs after heavy morning rain delayed start of play by four and a half hours.

The U.S. batsmen then wasted little time in tearing into a disinterested Cayman bowling attack to amass 226 runs for seven wickets in their allotted 35 overs.

The Cayman team with only two wins in the competition handed the match to America on a platter as their batsmen were unable to muster even a smidgen of fight and crumbled to the lowest score of the competition of 65 in 28 overs. Cayman’s limp response was made worse because they were competing in a game made shorter by 15 overs as opposed to the regular 50.

Captain Shiva Vishashat led the onslaught for the U.S. team, slamming 63 and was well supported by Henry Wardley who stroked 44 at the top of the order.

Gregory Sewdial did not follow-up with another big score but his attacking approach so demoralized the Cayman attack, it softened the bowlers for Vishashat and others who followed. All the Cayman bowlers felt the wrath of the United States batting with John Tweedie ending with 2-44.

The Americans were taking no prisoners in the event of a upset on the other side of the Maple Leaf grounds where Bermuda could not produce the shock of the tournament, that would’ve left three teams with identical records where net run rate would’ve determined the winners and runners-up, as hosts Canada cantered home to a deserved victory on a superior net run rate.

Having established a scoring rate of 6.24 runs per over, the America considerably boosted their net run rate by demolishing the Cayman batting lineup for 65 runs in 28 overs.

Yash Shah was in devastating form, as his left arm orthodox spin produced figures of three wickets for seven runs. Vishashat and Azrudeen Mohamed helped clean up the line with 2-7 and 2-1 respectively.

Zachary McLaughlin made close to half the Cayman total with 23 and Darren Cato with 14 were the only batsmen to reach double figures.

They came and conquered four out of five opponents but the United States can nevertheless celebrate their passage to the next round.

When they return again in September for the qualifiers America should be better equipped to handle the conditions and the opposition.

It was good lesson too in strategy for their coaching staff.

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I will like to see comprehensive details about the programs which are in place to keep the US youth team in shape and to prepare them for the final round of qualifying. Also I am such there is room for improvement. I hope the focus is not on the current 14 but also an additional 6 members to keep up the competitiveness in the team. All the best to the Players for the rest of the summer.
By Dyon Ravello, July 13, 2009

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