Tue, 10/13/2015

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the squads and schedule for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier which will take place from 15 to 22 October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The five teams competing in the event are regional runners-up Ireland (Europe), Nepal (Asia), Papua New Guinea (East-Asia Pacific), Uganda (Africa) and USA (Americas) and they will be bidding to win the tournament and book the final remaining place in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup which takes place from 22 January to 14 February 2016.

Uganda Head Coach Henry Okecho believes that it is important to start well as the side bids to qualify for its third U19 Cricket World Cup, having previously qualified for the 2004 (Bangladesh) and 2006 (Sri Lanka) tournaments. “We are eagerly looking forward to competing in Kuala Lumpur this week and hopefully hit the ground running. We are well aware that the conditions will be a great challenge but we feel that we have prepared adequately and should handle these conditions pretty well and the mental fluctuations that will come with it. This is a very important tournament for cricket in Uganda as we look to qualify and play in our third U19 World Cup.”

Nepal Coach Jagat Tamata, whose side faces Papua New Guinea in the opening round in Kinrara Oval on Friday, said: “We feel now the Nepalese team is mentally strong as well as physically fit and over the last two months our team has been very hard working in preparation. We played some practice matches in Delhi following an official invitation from BCCI.  It is a great opportunity for the U19 national cricket team to become the final qualifier and our main target is to qualify for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup.”

Dipak Patel, the former New Zealand international and current Head Coach of Papua New Guinea hopes that his side can book its passage to India. “The PNG Garramuts are looking forward to the challenge in Kuala Lumpur. They have worked very hard in PNG with very limited resources and game-time. The squad have spent a few days in Singapore acclimatising and getting some invaluable preparation and we've had mixed results. Importantly, they're learning a lot and are continuing to grow as cricketers. We are comfortable that the squad has prepared well and we’re looking forward to the games.”

One of the many players keen to make a positive mark and help his nation qualify for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is Ireland captain Jack Tector who is hopeful of a successful tournament in what he admits will be challenging conditions. “As a group we are massively excited for the tournament. It gives us the opportunity to improve even further on the good things we did in Jersey. Kuala Lumpur sounds like a great place to play cricket and it will provide us with much different conditions to back home. Fortunately a good few of our squad have been to Sri Lanka so we have an idea of what we will be facing weather-wise. Flying out earlier gives us a chance to acclimatise and experience the conditions we will be playing in. For every member of our team this is the biggest tournament we have played in to date so obviously there will be a few nerves about, but we cannot wait to get started.”

Tournament Schedule:

15 October – Nepal v Papua New Guinea (Kinrara Oval), Uganda v USA (Royal Selengor Club)

16 October – Papua New Guinea v Ireland (Kinrara Oval), Nepal v Uganda (Royal Selengor Club)

17 October – Reserve/Rest Day

18 October – Papua New Guinea v Uganda (Kinrara Oval), USA v Ireland (Royal Selengor Club)

19 October – Nepal v USA (Kinrara Oval), Uganda v Ireland (Royal Selengor Club)

20 October – Reserve/Rest Day

21 October – Nepal v Ireland (Kinrara Oval), Papua New Guinea v USA (Royal Selengor Club)

22 October – Final (Kinrara Oval), 3rd & 4th Place Play-Off (Royal Selengor Club)


Match Officials: Graeme La Brooy (Match Referee), Tabarak Dar, Vinay Kumar Jha, Sarika Prasad (Mentor Umpire), Ahmad Shah Pakteen, Ian Thomson, Kalidas Viswanadan



IRELAND: Jack Tector (captain), Rory Anders, Andrew Austin, Varun Chopra, Sonny Cott, Adam Dennison, Aaron Gillespie, Joshua Little, Gary McClintock, William McClintock, James Mitchell, Tom Stanton, Lorcan Tucker, Benjamin White


NEPAL: Raju Rijal (captain), Kushal Bhurtel, Sunil Dhamala, Sushil Kandel, Yogendra Singh Karki, Saurabh Khanal, Lalit Narayan Rajbanshi, Shankar Rana, MD Arif Sheikh, Dipesh Shrestha, Rajbir Singh, Dipendra Singh Airee, Sandeep Sunar, Prem Tamang


PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Sinaka Harry Arua, Ovia Boge, Jack Dairi, Arua Gau, Doura Iruna Gavera, Harry Christopher Gavera, Lohia Guba, Vagi Guba, Vagi Miria John, Vagi Karoho, Vagi Boko Kora, Sere Sam, Lou Vagi Toua, Nou Mavara Ako Toua


UGANDA: Derrick Bakunzi (captain), Brian Adriko, Frank Akankwasa, Zephania Arinaitwe, Trevor Bukenya, Joseph Byaruhanga, John Gabula, Abdalah Lubega, Simon Okecho, Collines Okwalinga, Ashiraf Senkubuge, David Wabwire, Steven Wabwose, Kenneth Waiswa


USA: Alexander Shoff (captain), Mohak Buch, Srihari Dasarathy, Kushal Ganji, Tohidul Islam, Vivek Narayan, Gaurav Patanker, Arjun Patel, Sagar Patel, Sahil Patel, Keifer Phill, Anup Rao, Gauranshu Sharma, Anirudh Srinivas

Thu, 10/01/2015

At the end of the Cricket Canada U16 tournament held in August 2015, a number of young players were identified for further development. These players were put forward by a panel including coaches from each participating Province. In order to improve the standard of its National tournaments, Cricket Canada have encourage the Provincial bodies to work towards improving the overall skills of these players who are all eligible to play in the 2016 U17 Canada Cup. The U17 Canada Cup is used as a platform for selection to the Canadian National team for the ICC Americas and Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.  

Cricket Canada is in the process of revamping its High Performance program and will also hold specialist training camps with the identified players over the next year.

The players identified are:

Prabal Sharma, Kanwar Channa, Parney Sharma, Rommel Shazzad, Umar Ahmed, Shome Tervidi, Yax Patel, Fathoor Rehman, Harsh Atwal, Pieter Pretorius, Abaan Khan, Abubaker Muhammad, Akash Gill, Kaiwan Naress, Aran Pathmanathan, Arslan Khan, Bhavindu Adhihetty, Emanuel Khokhar, Faisal Jamkhandi, Gurkaran Dhami, Krishen Samuel, Maahil Arshad, Marcus A Nandu, Matthew B Seepersaud, Meigha A Perera, Nashed Uddin, Nikhil Sharma, Rahmankhan Pathan, Randir Sandhu, Raquib O Shamsudeen, Shrujal Patel, Ashtan Deosammy, Ebaduddin Mohammed, Harmanjeet Bedi, Kevin Gilotra, Moazam Quereshi, Mohammad Adil, Nicholas Manohar, Rishiv Joshi, Uzad Ali, Badar Bahkt

Mon, 09/28/2015
Cricket Canada Eastern T20 formerly Atlantic T20 did get off to at start with a revised schedule based on 10-overs per side at the Loyalist Rugby Club in Fredericton, New Brunswick. After a round robin format where all teams had an opportunity to play against each other, Quebec & Nova Scotia with virtue of all wins, perfectly set up the Final. Quebec and Nova Scotia also played what was essentially the final to conclude the tournament, and a strong fielding & bowling effort from Nova Scotia gave them the championship.  
Quebec Cricket Federation were the runners up with Cricket Newfoundland & Labrador taking the third spot followed by hosts Cricket New Brunswick & PEI Cricket Association. Cricket Canada would like to thank all volunteers & management at Cricket NB for being amazing hosts and to all teams for providing a very exciting competition.
Tue, 09/22/2015

Phase One of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Americas Cricket Combine concluded this evening in Indianapolis. Top amateur cricket talent from Argentina, Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, and the United States participated in the three-day showcase, held at the Indianapolis World Sports Park, along with regional and international coaches.

Close to 70 players were evaluated with eight players selected to participate in Phase Two of the Combine, which will take place September 25-27. An additional four players were provisionally selected to participate in Phase Two.

ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Courtney Walsh coached fast-bowlers and led one side in Monday’s Twenty20 intra-squad match. “It has been very competitive,” said Walsh. “The way they are playing over the past three days, you’d think they had played together before…the intensity they have shown has been tremendous.”

The Combine began Saturday morning, when prospects participated in athletics testing with staff from St. Vincent Sports Performance in Indianapolis. St. Vincent Sports Performance has been involved with the National Football League Combine since 2001. Following testing, players received coaching and evaluation on their bowling, batting, and fielding at the World Sports Park.

“This is a great opportunity. There’s a lot of talent here,” said Timroy Allen, one of the players selected to participate in Phase Two.

Opposite Courtney Walsh was former Indian international Venkatapathy Raju who worked largely with the spinners over the previous two days.  “These men, they’ve got the skills and the ability to play cricket at a high level. They just need the fine tuning,” said Raju. “This Combine is the right direction to go, for the players and for cricket in the Americas.”

“Over the last couple of days, with all the coach’s involvement and the involvement of the ICC and WICB, the Combine effort is going to be a huge success. I think it’s a step in the right direction. Everyone involved has gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

The ICC Americas Cricket Combine is the second international cricket event hosted at the World Sports Park this year.

“I was overwhelmed when I saw the facilities. I’ve never seen anything like this in the U.S. before. I’ve been blown away by what I’ve seen,” said Walsh. “Obviously the people of Indianapolis are very sports oriented and very sports crazy.”

Players moving on to Phase 2:


Timroy Allen


Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan


Jeremy Gordon


Jasdeep Singh


Alex Amsterdam


Anirrudh Reddy Saddi


Danial Ahmed


Prumjot Panesar



Provisional players include:


Krishneal Goel


Shiva Vashishat


David Pieters


Srimantha Wijeyeratne



Phase Two will commence Friday, September 25 at the World Sports Park, when a pre-selected group of the best cricketers in the Western Hemisphere will join the eight players advancing from Phase One. For a roster of the players previously invited to Phase Two visit the ICC website.  Players selected will participate in the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Nagico Super 50 tournament in January 2016.

The schedule for Phase Two is as follows:

All times in Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4:00)

Thursday, Sept. 24: Media event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 25: ICC Fan Event with select players and coaches at the Marriott East in Indianapolis at 6:30 p.m. Public is welcome.

Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Sept. 27: Twenty20 and 50 over cricket matches from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.

Tue, 09/01/2015

Cricket Canada is proud to present the Western Canada Women's T20 Championship. This event will be held in Calgary, Alberta on 5th & 6th September, 2015.


Alberta Cricket Association Women's Coordinator Salman Naseer said "we are happy to host this prestigious tournament.  I envision the Cricket Canada Western Women's T20 tournament as an opportunity to foster a strong united cricket community through the camaraderie of sportsmanship".

Sentill Selvamani, Cricket Canada Director said “this will be an important event to enable the identification and fostering of national talent across Canada”

Cricket Canada is in the process of partnering with CCO to facilitate a similar tournament for the Eastern region in the month of September, 2015.

Alberta and British Columbia will contest the three match series with one match being played on the first day and while the second day will see two matches. Matches will be played at the Riley Large Park, 800 12th Street NW, Calgary.

Match schedule is as follows:

Saturday 5 September  

First T20 game will start at 2pm

Sunday 6 September

2nd T20 game will start 9:30 am 

3rd T20 starts at 2pm.

Tue, 08/25/2015

Players and Coaches from across the Americas region selected for their chance to impress

 The International Cricket Council (ICC) listed its squad for Phase 1 of the ICC Americas Cricket Combine that will be held in Indianapolis, USA from September 18– 21.

A select number of players from Phase 1 will be added to Phase 2 of the Combine that will take place in Indianapolis from September 24 – 27.  An ICC Americas representative team will then be selected to play in the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Nagico Super 50 tournament in January 2016, after which the best performing players could receive an opportunity to trial for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

An online application process was launched in June for Phase 1, with eligible players encouraged to submit information and videos highlighting their performances.  Several hundred applications were received and assessed by a coaching panel coordinated by ICC Americas High Performance Consultant, Tom Evans and ICC High Performance Manager, Richard Done, and 83 players have been selected.

Six coaches from within the ICC Americas Region were part of this panel, and will also attend the Combine to work alongside West Indies great Courtney Walsh and internationally renowned fielding coach Mike Young.  The regional coaches include Derek Perera, Errol Barrow, Rupert Stephenson (Canada), Anand Tummala, Thiru (Kenny) Kumaran (USA) and Lorenzo Tucker (Bermuda).

In announcing the squad, Evans said: “We were encouraged by the amount of interest in the online process and the quality of applications received, while I’m sure the selected players will now be striving for a place in Phase 2. 

“We’re looking forward to an exciting week in Indianapolis, and with the support of Courtney, Mike and a talented group of regional coaches, it should be a great experience for everyone involved.”  

Lautaro Musiani Argentina
Tomas Marinozzi Argentina
Chare Smith Bermuda
Ammar Khalid Canada
Arman Usman Canada
Hardik Patel Canada
Harsh Thaker Canada
Hiral Patel Canada
Jeremy Gordon Canada
Khan Saqib Canada
Mohammad Akhtar Canada
Parth Desai Canada
Rayyankhan Pathan Canada
Salman Nazar Canada
Shaheed Keshvani Canada
Srimantha Wijeyeratne Canada
Trevor Manoosingh Canada
Ramon Sealy Cayman Islands
Abhijit Joshi USA
Abhimanyu Rajp USA
Adil Bhatti USA
Ahmed Butt USA
Alex Amsterdam USA
Anirrudh Reddy Saddi USA
Apurva Nair USA
Arjun Thyagarajan USA
Arsh Buch USA
Asghar Sheikh jr USA
Charan Singh USA
Danial Ahmed USA
David Pieters USA
Dhulian Pereira USA
Dunae Oswald Nathaniel USA
Elmore Hutchinson USA
Francis Mendonca USA
Gauranshu Sharma USA
Glenn Meyer USA
Imrul Hashib USA
Jaideep Reddy USA
Japen Patel USA
Jasdeep Singh USA
Jason Thomas Fox USA
Javein Thomas USA
Jodhbir Singh USA
Karan Ganesh USA
Karan Patel USA
Karanjit Singh USA
Karteek Kankanala USA
Krishneal Goel USA
Kushal Ganji USA
Kyle Neathery USA
Marcel Caen Healy USA
Mohsin  Kapadia USA
Mrunal Patel USA
Muhammad Ahsan Ali Khan USA
Nilkumar Patel USA
Noman Iftikhar USA
Pavan Kumar Chakravarthy USA
Pranay Suri USA
Pratik Dudhane USA
Prumjot Panesar USA
Raj Bhavsar USA
Rakesh Kumar Karn USA
Ranvir kumar USA
Ravi Timbawala USA
Ritesh Kadu USA
Ryan Carter USA
Ryan Persaud USA
Sharaz Baksh USA
Shayan Ahmed USA
Shiva Vashishat USA
Sidhesh R Pathare USA
Sumon Bari USA
Suneel Kumar USA
Syed Shuja Naqvi USA
Tanzir Ahmed USA
Timroy Allen USA
Usman Rafiq USA
Vibhav Altekar USA
Vishal Khatri USA
Waleed Ahmed USA
Zachary Zadoo USA
Zaheer Saffie USA


Sun, 07/12/2015




Canada Finish Tournament Undefeated


USA qualify for Repechage


Canada defeated Bermuda by 90 runs on the final day of the ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championships in Bermuda today.


After losing the toss, Canada were bowled out for 202 in the 49th over, and in turn dismissed Bermuda for 112 to cap of a dominant tournament.


In overcast conditions at St David’s Cricket club, the Bermudian bowlers were on top early as the Canadians struggled to get going. Micah Simons and Chare Smith bowled tight in the early stages, restricting Canada to 2-46 in the 16th over. Thursaanth Anantharajah played a patient innings, joining forces with Harsh Thaker to keep the scoreboard ticking along. Bermuda were in need of a breakthrough, which came thanks to skipper, Delray Rawlins, as he dismissed Anantharajah for 58 off 102 deliveries. Thaker continued his rich vein of form, pass 50, before falling to Charles Trott for 67.


Rain interrupted the match in 47th over, and upon the return, Canada threw away their wickets to be dismissed for 202. Simons picked up four wickets for Bermuda, while Rawlins, Smith and Trott had two apiece.


The Bermudan innings started with heavy black clouds overhead and the batsmen we slow to get going. Jade Morrisey was dismissed early as the Bermudans struggled to rotate the strike. When Azande Furbert was dismissed in the 14th over, the score was 3-17. From here, the innings would only get worse. Muhammad Khan picked up another two wickets, while Haseeb picked up his third when he trapped Charles Trott on the crease for a duck. At 7-32, Bermuda were in need of a miracle, however this never eventuated, as they were dismissed for 112.


Harsh Thaker picked up his second Man of the Match for the tournament, for his 67 and 2 wickets. Thaker was also awards Batsman of the tournament, as well as tournament MVP for his outstanding tournament. Thaker scored 261 runs from his 4 innings, with a top score of 121 and an average of 65.23. With the ball, Thaker took 5 wickets, including best figures of 3-38.


Bermuda’s Chare Smith was awards the bowler of the tournament as capturing 13 wickets at 10.15, which Sarbjot Sivia was awarded wicketkeeper of the tournament.


By finishing second, USA qualified for the repechage event to be held later this year, while Canada earnt a position at the U19 Cricket World Cup. Additionally, Canada will travel to Jamaica on the 20th July to participate in the WICB U19 Regional Tournament.


Scores in Brief:

Canada v Bermuda

Canada 10/202 from 49.1 overs (Thaker 67, Anantharajah 58, Simons 4-21)

Bermuda 10/1112 from 36.2 overs (Outerbridge 26, Haseeb 3-20, Thaker 2-2)

Canada won by 90 runs

Man of the Match: Harsh Thaker (Canada)



Tournament Standings:


ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 6  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
Canada 4 4 0 0 8 0.995 989 790
USA 4 1 3 0 2 -0.124 856 759
Bermuda 4 1 3 0 2 -1.057 527 823


Fri, 07/10/2015




Canada qualify for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup


Thaker and Ganji both score centuries


Canada remain the only undefeated team after day five of the ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championships in doing so secure their ticket to the 2016 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup. In yet another competitive match Canada took on second placed USA at Somerset Cricket Club.


Canada won the toss and elected to bat on a flat track, however that didn’t stop Karan Patel, as he cleaned up Akashdeep Gill on the first legal delivery of the day. He quickly followed up this effort, knocking over Amish Taploo to have Canada in trouble at 2-11. Arslan Khan joined Thursaanth Anantharajah at the wicket and settled in to a rhythm. The two got to work building a solid partnership, and moved the score to 78 before Khan skied one to backward square leg. Keifer Phill, at deep at fine leg, moved quickly to his left, diving full length to take an outstanding catch.


Anantharajah followed shortly after, as did skipper Muhammad Khan, and the pressure was back on the Canadian batsmen. Harsh Thaker was joined at the crease by Sarbjot Sivia and the two started their rescue mission. Thaker played the role of aggressor, while Sivia pushed singles, rotating the strike and allowing Thaker to take calculated risks. S. Patel bowled Sivia to register his first wicket of the day, as Canada looked destined for a score of 230 at 6-188.


Thaker, with support from Miraj Patel then took to the USA bowling attack, launching 14 fours and five sixes in his innings. Thaker reached his century in appropriate fashion, launching a 6 down the ground. At the beginning of the 49th over, Canada were 6-245, however this would change and change quickly as Thaker and Haseeb would push the score to 8-273 when Thaker was dismissed for an entertaining 121 off 93 deliveries. The following three deliveries would include a boundary and a six as Canada closed their innings at 9-289


USA started their innings quickly, with the score racing to 35 in the 4th over before Mohak Buch edged one to Sivia for 16. Canada started to tighten the screws, as Yadunandan Polisetty was run out in an ugly mix up with Kushal Ganji. USA continued to push the score along, with Ganji and Guaranshu Shama controlling the pace of the game. Ganji brought up his fifty, while the two brought up a 100 run partnership, however Sharma fell shortly after, advancing down the wicket against Shlok Patel, only to be beaten by the turn and stumped by Sivia.


Ganji continued on his way, hitting 10 boundaries as he brought up his 100 in the 44th over from just 116 deliveries, however the required run rate continued to climb. USA struggled to find the boundary, and when Ganji was dismissed on the last delivery of the 49th over, the challenge became too great, as M. Khan claimed three wickets in the final over to see USA finish 9-252.

Khan finished up with figures of 5-53 off his 10 overs, while Harsh Thaker was awarded Man of the Match honours for his 121.


With this win, Canada secure their berth in the 2016 U19 Cricket World Cup. Coach Errol Barrow was proud of his boys achievement “We came to this tournament with the goal of qualifying and we’ve achieved that, I couldn’t be prouder of them. Today was a very important game for us, and I thought the guys played their best game of the tournament.”


Canada take on Bermuda tomorrow at St David’s Cricket Club in the final match of the tournament.


Scores in Brief:

USA v Bermuda

Canada 289/8 from 50 overs (Thaker 121, A. Khan 34, Buch 3-38)

USA 252/9 from 50 overs (Ganji 110, Sharma 40, M. Khan 5-53)

Canada won by 37 runs

Man of the Match: Harsh Thaker (Canada)



Tournament Standings:


ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 5  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
Canada 3 3 0 0 6 0.727 787 678
USA 4 1 3 0 2 -0.124 856 759
Bermuda 3 1 2 0 2 -0.748 415 621


Thu, 07/09/2015



Bermuda Edge Out USA In Another Close Finish


Quicks shine in low scoring affair


Day four of the ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championships saw USA taking on Bermuda in a tournament defining match. USA was looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking loss to Canada two days earlier, while Bermuda was playing for survival after two early losses.


USA won the toss and elected to bat, and in a harsh blow for the Americas, star all-rounder Alex Shoff rolled his ankle in the warm-up and was ruled out of the match. The USA needed a strong start from their openers, and Mohak Buch and Yadunandan Polisetty provided just that, negating the lively pitch well early, and keeping the score ticking along with singles and the occasional boundary. Chare Smith got the first breakthrough in the 8th over when he went through the defence of Buch to dismiss him for 11. Smith followed up with the wicket Polisetty for 31, and with the score at 2-50 the match was evenly poised. From there, wickets fell at regular intervals, as batsmen struggled to come to terms with the slow, but lively pitch.


Charles Trott picked up his first wicket when he had Guaranshu Sharma caught behind for 5. From here, Trott and Smith traded wickets every couple of overs, as only three USA batsmen registered double figure scores. Finally, on the last ball of the 29th over, Nahusha Rao skied one to give Smith his first five wicket haul of the tournament. With this, USA’s innings came to a close with just 109 runs on the board. Smith ended with figures of 5-27 off 9 overs, while Trott also claimed 5 wickets for 30 runs of his 10 overs. Jahnoi Bean-Wilson was also featured heavily, claiming 5 dismissals behind the stumps.


The Bermudan innings began in lightening fashion, taking 17 runs off the first two overs. The wayward but talented Keifer Phill needed to stand up for his team, and stand up he did. He removed Bean-Wilson in his second over, before dismissing Jordan Smith three balls later with a beautiful in-swinger. He followed up with a fast, full delivery which was far too good for Jade Morrisey, sending him back without scoring. This brought the team to life, and soon fellow opening bowler Rao joined the party, trapping the ever dangerous Delray Rawlins in front for 8. With the score at 4-37, USA were right in the contest as Rao picked up another, followed by a fourth to Phill as he continued his team lifting performance.


When Phill picked up his 5th wicket, Bermuda was reeling at 7-62 with a couple of overs from Phill and Rao still to negate. Charles Trott, confident from his 5 wicket hall, joined forces with Shakeal Outerbridge, and slowly worked their way back into the match. USA continued their tournament habit of erratic bowling, sending down 27 wides and 3 no balls as Bermuda continued to chip away at the lead. After putting on a handy 35 run partnership, it was Phill who again provided the breakthrough, dismissing Outerbridge for 17 to claim his 6thwicket.


Some tense moments would follow for the Bermudians, with a number of appeals turned down, and a sharp catch in slip off Sahil Patel deemed not to have carried. Sahil Patel would strike with the score on 108, bringing Micah Simons to the crease with 2 runs required to win. It would only take Bermuda 3 balls to finish the game however, as Simons turned a ball through midwicket to collect the winning runs. Trott would remain 18 not out at the other end.


Bermuda coach Cleve Wade was exceptionally proud of his player’s performance “The players showed a lot of character. I was very pleased with the boy’s performance in the field. Due to the loss of early wickets, the middle and late order bats showed a lot of discipline and guts to get the win. The partnership between Shakeal and Charles was vital for us to get the victory.”


The Man of the match would be awarded to Charles Trott, whose five wickets and match winning 18 not out would be the difference between the two sides.


This result leaves the competition wide open, with USA win tomorrow against Canada, putting them firmly back in the battle for top spot, while a loss would see them anxiously await the result of Saturday’s match between Bermuda and Canada to see who will progress to the repechage event to be held later this year.


Scores in Brief:

USA v Bermuda

USA 109/10 from 30 overs (Polisetty 31, C. Smith 5-27, Trott 5-30)

Bermuda 110/9 from 22.2 overs (Trott 18*, Phill 6-46, Rao 2-40)

Bermuda won by 1 wicket

Man of the Match: Charles Trott (Bermuda)



Tournament Standings:


ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 4  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
Canada 2 2 0 0 4 0.72 498 426
USA 3 1 2 0 2 0.185 604 470
Bermuda 3 1 2 0 2 -0.748 415 621


Wed, 07/08/2015

Day three of the ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship was a top of the table clash between the two undefeated sides. Canada came into the day off the back of a strong performance against Bermuda, while the USA, fresh off a rest day, came ready to prove themselves against the strong Canadian side.


Canada won the toss and elected to bat on an overcast, muggy morning at Somerset Cricket Club. Karan Patel got plenty out of the pitch early, claiming two early wickets to have Canada on the back foot. However erratic bowling and would stunt this momentum, with 39 wides bowled in the innings. When S. Patel picked up the prized wicket of Arslan Khan, USA looked like wrestling the ascendency back. At this point, skipper Muhammad Khan was joined by Harsh Thaker, who joined forces to again propel the run rate. The pair pushed singles, and punished bad deliveries, racing towards a 100 run partnership. M. Khan chalked up his 50, and the score passed 200, however a quick single would see Thaker run out for 47. This would trigger a collapse as M. Khan was caught in the deep two balls later for a well-made 68.


Miraj Patel was the only member of the tail to provide any real resistance as the Canadians were bowled out for 240 in the 49th over. The pick of the bowlers for the USA was Karan Patel with 4-40 off 9.1 overs.


After taking the ascendency back in the second half of the Canadian innings, the USA batsmen were looking to continue this trend. M. Khan and Suliman Khan had other ideas though, using their pace to push the openers on the back foot. A. Khan trapped Yadunandan Polisetty in front without scoring, while S. Khan removed Mohak Buch and Sagar Patel in quick succession to have the USA reeling at 4-10 in the 5thover.


Srihari Dasarathy provided some stability at the top of the order and supported Guaranshu Sharma, whose clean striking pushed the score past 50. A short time later, some sharp work in the field from Thaker had Dasarathy run out for 22, who was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Sharma after a mix up saw both he and Alexander Shoff at the same end. Three overs later another wicket fell and Canada looked to be closing on a dominant victory, as USA still required 157 with only three wickets in hand.


Karan Patel joined Shoff at the crease, and the two worked together to work the ball around, while taking advantage of any loose deliveries. Shoff batted with maturity beyond his years as he pushed singles, putting faith in his tail order batsman who looked comfortable controlling the tempo of the match.


The two surged past 100, bringing up their 50 run partnership, and Shoff’s 50 shortly after. Shoff started to open his shoulders, showing some crisp, clean hitting as he took advantage of the slightest mistakes from the Canadian bowlers. At the other end, Patel launched a few of his own, but just as quickly was knocked over by M. Khan for a superb 29 (45). Kiefer Phill came to the crease with the score 8-161, and put together a much needed 30 run partnership, however his dismissal left a seemingly impossible task for Shoff, as USA required 50 runs or 7 overs with just the one wicket in hand.


The spectators at Somerset Cricket Club would be treated to an extraordinary display. Sahil Patel played the role of number 11 perfectly, pushing singles down the ground and giving the strike to Shoff, who by this stage had complete control of the game. At the end of the 46thover, USA had moved to 9-215, still with plenty of work to do. The 47th over saw Shoff launch two successive sixes off Haseeb, as the score moved to 233.


Thaker and Miraj Patel bowled two very tight overs for the Canadians, while Shoff pushed a single down the ground and brought up a near perfect century off just 75 deliveries. USA entered the 49th over requiring three runs for victory. Patel pushed the first delivery into a gap for a single, bringing Shoff on strike for the remaining 5 deliveries with only 2 runs to win. Shoff pushed the ball into a gap and set off for the single, but was turned back by Patel, and a lunging dive could was not enough to save him from being run out. Shoff ended with 103 off 81 deliveries, with 9 fours and 5 sixes as USA fell 1 run short of the Canadians, but could hold their heads up high after a courageous display.


Canadian Coach Errol Barrow was proud of his players “I thought we were probably 40 runs short with the bat, but our bowlers responded well early which was pleasing. Full credit to Alex Shoff, who batted really well, I’m just proud of my boys for holding their nerve”.


Alexander Shoff was awarded Man of the Match honours for his magnificent century.


Scores in Brief:

Canada v Bermuda

Canada 241/10 from 48.1 overs (M. Khan 68, Thaker 47, K. Patel 4-40)

USA 240/10 from 49.2 overs (Shoff 103, Sharma 43, M. Khan 3-52)

Canada won by 1 runs

Man of the Match: Alexander Shoff (USA)



Tournament Standings:


ICC Americas U19 Division 1 Championship - BERMUDA 2015
DAY 3  
Team Played Won Lost No Result Points NRR Runs Runs
For Against
Canada 2 2 0 0 4 0.72 498 426
USA 2 1 1 0 2 1.35 495 360
Bermuda 2 0 2 0 0 -2.07 305 512