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U.S. Down Argentina To Reach W/Cup Qualifiers

By Orin Davidson
May 22nd, 2009
With Memorial Day around the corner, the United States women’s cricket team drew inspiration from the country’s war heroes to be honored this weekend, with a battling display to whip Argentina and secure a place in the upcoming World Cup Qualifying tournament on Thursday.

An almost flawless performance saw the U.S. girls trounce Argentina by a staggering nine wicket margin in their final round game of the 40 overs a side series. In the process they avenged their bitter loss to the said Argentina in the Twenty/20 competition two days ago when rain forced a revised Duckworth/Lewes revised target for the latter which they duly knocked off.

Shirley Ann Bonaparte

The win guaranteed the United States second place in the competition regardless of unbeaten Canada’s result against Argentina in the last game of the series Friday. The top two finishers earn the right to contest for places in the next World Cup.

A classy half century from the in-form Shirley Ann Bonaparte laid the foundation for America’s victory after the home team won the toss and asked Argentina to bat first.
Penetrative medium pace bowling restricted Argentina to 131 runs all out in 38.4 overs to which the U.S. replied emphatically with 132-1 off 32 overs.

The U.S. bowlers immediately went to work on the Argentina top order by keeping the score at a minimum. Wickets then started to tumble around Y. Dirce who topscored for Argentina with an accomplished 54 runs which included four fours. The next highest scorer contributed 20

Isolene Sutherland was the chief tormentor, with brilliant spell that yielded three wickets for a misely 17 runs for the U.S. Ivy Mohamed was just as effective grabbing 2-7 while Joy Jones completed the shut out with 2-24.

Bonaparte the former West Indies player called on her vast experience to crack an exciting 55 not out to establish herself as the highest scoring United States player in the series.

In the two tournament series. Bonaparte was in her best attacking form, striking seven fours . Candacy Adkins gave good support with a valuable unbeaten 24 with two fours.

The pair came together after regular opener Doris Francis injured her ankle and had to retire hurt after scoring 14.

“This was a do-or-die situation for us, we very focussed for this game, we know there was no turning back if we did not win, ” a buoyant manager Venelda Wallace said after the match.
“ I know we could beat them, I was telling everyone that the rain cost us that Twenty/20 game, Wallace said in referring to their loss on Tuesday.”
“There was no rain, no Duckworth/ Lewis, we got a full day’s play and we were good enough to win.

.Wallace said the team’s performance moved ICC Americas development officer Martin Vieira, to offer personal congratulations, citing their high standard of play they exhibited despite only now starting the game . The manager pointed out that the plan was to play aggressively which seemingly forced Argentina into the background.

Canada are most likely to win the title though, by virtue of their triumph on Thursday over the U.S, while Trinidad, the tournament ‘s best team could not contest the 40 overs series because of their affiliation to the U.S. They played a development series including Brazil which Trinidad won easily

Having completed their two matches, the U.S. players are looking head to the All Star team which will feature an Americas team taking on Trinidad in an exhibition game on Saturday.

The team has not been released, but a number of New Yorkers are expected to win places.

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