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United States Women Hammer Brazil

By Orin Davidson
May 19th, 2009

The United States women gave Brazil a rude introduction to cricket by administering a 10-wicket hammering to the newcomers in one of four Twenty/20 matches Monday on the opening day of the women’s Americas Championship in Florida.

Sent in to bat first, Brazil were bundled out for 45 runs at the Brian Piccolo Park to which the U.S. replied with 46 for no loss in reply.

More known for their exploits in soccer Brazil found itself on the receiving end from early on as a four-prong seam attack employed by America which ripped through the innings which was decimated well short of the allotted 20 overs. Candace Adkins bagged two wickets while Isolyn Sutherland and Doris Francis also picked up two each. Fifteen year old Sonakashi Sagar bowled one over and also chipped in with one scalp.

U.S. captain Roslyn Emanuel then hit up 30 not out to help pace her team to its target without losing any wickets. Francis was 10 not out at the end.

Team coach Indomattie Goordial-John said they played on a turf pitch which was sporting and justified their decision to send in the opposition to bat first. The pitch had live grass which gave it ‘carry’ with true bounce,” the coach stated.

“The bowlers, batters and fielders were all excellent which setup an easy victory,’ Goordial-John,’ explained.

Next up for the United States is the formidable Trinidad and Tobago development team, which is the third team in the group They will play on a matting surface at the Broward Park field Trinidad beat Brazil in a later afternoon game which sets up a juicy clash with the U.S to determine the qualifier to play for the title. The winner will oppose the Group Two winner from among Argentina, Canada and Bermuda, later in the day Tuesday. The U.S and Trinidad will clash in the morning while there will also be a third place matchup also on Tuesday.

Argentina upset Bermuda on Monday after Canada beat the former team to set the stage for a close race for the top two positions.

The overall winner, excluding Trinidad along with the second and third place finishers will contest the 40 overs a side series from next Wednesday to Friday. The three teams will play round robin with the top two to represent the Americas in the World Cup qualifying tournament next year.

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