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Barbados Blow Out United States

By Orin Davidson
Nov. 15th, 2008

The absence of key batsmen and a lack of sharpness among those available was clearly evident in a limp United States team performance, especially in the batting department that contributed to them slumping to a 110-run loss to Barbados in their opening game of the West Indies Limited Overs championship Friday.

The full strength Barbados capitalized fully to blow away the pick-up side of U.S. players many of whom have not played since summer time, in the biggest victory of the day among the three matches, at the Providence Stadium.

The U.S. felt the might of the bats of Ryan Hinds, Dale Richards and to lesser extent Dwayne Smith who combined to help Barbados tally a massive 286 runs total for eight wickets off their 50 overs, taking first strike.

When it was their turn to bowl, Barbados newcomer Nikolai Charles and seasoned paceman Tino Best beat their teammates to the offerings put up by the United States batting lineup, by bagging four and three wickets respectively to restrict the latter team to 142-9, chasing a revised Duckworth Lewis target of 259 off 42 overs following a rain interruption.

Stand-in United States captain Orlando Baker produced the best display for the team, albeit in the bowling department, capturing 4-48 with his medium pace in the face of the Barbados onslaught.

But the strain did not allow Baker to carry the batting lineup as well, as it was left to Aditha Thyagarajan to top score with creditable 42 score. Barrington Bartley managed 26 and last minute replacement Michael Cresser 22.

The team’s batting struggle indicated that the unavailability of Steve Massiah, Sushil Nadkarnie and Rashard Marshall left a big void in the middle order.

Hinds, one several West Indies rejects in the Barbados lineup, cracked 84 runs, but he would’ve preferred doing in Abu Dhabi for the Regional team instead, who were going down to yet another series defeat, to Pakistan, at the same time. Richards compiled a confidence boosting 63 and Dwayne Smith chipped in with 52.

The United States will hardly have any time to assess their shortcomings Friday as they are being thrust into action on Saturday for back to back games, against Jamaica.

Had they their way, the U.S. would’ve preferred playing Jamaica first instead of the powerful Barbados side as the former team is missing seven regulars touring with West Indies and another on the ban list.

Jamaica has a virtual second string team, and it showed in their loss to Barbados in the competition’s first day on Thursday.

The U.S. therefore must be confident of putting up a better show against the defending champions or even springing a surprise with a victory at the Everest ground.
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