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From The Doghouse To The Quasi-Penthouse
By Ray Sundar
Feb. 10th, 2009
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In the recently concluded ICC Americas Cricket Tournament in Florida the US team came out like gangbusters, emerging victorious among the lower echelons of international cricket.
In a radical departure from its previous disastrous foray in the West Indies sponsored ODI tournament in Guyana where it lost three of four matches, with the fourth falling victim to inclement weather, the US won all five matches to become undisputed champs.
World Cricket League Division 5
The mandate was crystal clear – emerge among top 2 and qualify for the next round. The US did well in the preliminary rounds, defeating a string of minnows – Mozambique, Norway, Vanuatu and Germany.
Chasing 190 for victory against Nepal, the US cricketers
probably looked at this imposing total the way mountaineers gauge
Mt. Everest. Wow! 5.5 miles up!
They slumped badly to 29/4 before capitulating at 93. Alam took 2/8. Earlier Nepal rattled up189.
In the semi-final, pursuing Jersey’s 220, the US was dismissed for a paltry 136 and unceremoniously dumped from the 2011 World Cup. Nadkarni and Shula excelled for the US in the tournament.
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On November 15, ’08 the clouds opened and rain wreaked havoc, resulting in the match against Jamaica being called off. Daren Ganga’s Trinidad sent the US packing on November 17, ’08.
In a rain shortened match on November 18, ‘08
at Everest Cricket Club, the US slumped to 127/7 off 27 overs. The
Combined Campus and Colleges secured victory in 24.3 overs.
USA blitzed Suriname 11/25/08
Sushil Nadkarni’s unbridled aggression led the onslaught, accounting for 197 runs off 132 deliveries. In the process he launched 9x6s and dispatched 22x4s which hopped and skipped merrily to the boundary. Captain Steve Massiah chipped in with an aggressive 62 off 53 deliveries. He smacked 7x4s and 1x6.
An emasculated, defanged and depleted Suriname, in the aftermath of visa woes, started their response as though meek lambs being led to the abattoir. Their batting collapsed, folding like a deck of cheap cards in the face of a ferocious tsunami- Timmy Allen. Along with Orlando Baker, they routed Suriname for a meager 60. In a mesmerizing spell, Allen’s wizardry enabled him to take 5 wickets for 7 runs in 5.3 overs with 2 maidens. Baker took 2 for 22.
USA defeats Argentina by 7 wickets 11/26/08
Earlier Hamish Barton’s 74 restored some respectability as Argentina reached 200/9. Imran Awan was the pick of the bowlers, taking 2 for 16.
USA wins by 86 runs
An 83 run third wicket partnership failed to save Bermuda, an Associate Member of the ICC, the ignominy of defeat at the hands of the upstart USA, basically a team made up of transplanted Guyanese, West Indians, Indians and Pakistanis. Their total of 168/9 was well-short of the 255 required for victory. Lionel Cain top scored with 78 (9x4s). Sudesh Dhaniram and Imran Awan took 2/18 and 3/16 respectively.
Canada loses to US 11/29/08
11/08 USA – ICC Americas Cup Champs
Due to rain interruptions the match was called with Cayman Islands struggling on 65/4 off 24 overs. Aditya Thyagarajan took 2/19.
This victory ensured the US remained unbeaten and crowned first time winner of the tournament. Sushil Nadkarni was the player of the tournament.
Is this 5-0 drubbing of their opponents in the Americas
Cup enough to obliterate the stench of the hitherto abysmal record?
Is it enough to atone for past misdeeds and indiscretions? Though
I am inclined to answer in the negative to both, it may be a defining
moment in the resuscitation of US cricket. Not yet merit residency
in the pantheon of stars but …….hey, it is okay to dream
– “more things are wrought by prayers than this world
dreams of”. In any event this small step to right USACA’s
lurching and apparent rudderless ship warrants hearty congratulations.
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