domenica 12 maggio 2013


Hamilton, 2 May 2013

Uganda defeats USA, wins through to ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014
Lionel Cann answers Bermuda's call, scores a century against Italy
Team effort sees Nepal beat Oman

Uganda remains undefeated in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 and has secured a position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014, as well as Sunday's final, after defeating USA by 82 runs at St David's.
In a clash of the two leading teams of the tournament, Uganda elected to bat and set a slow and steady pace to reach 175.  Left hander Arthur Kyobe scored 29, and a 79-run fourth wicket stand between Benjamin Musoke and Laurence Sematimba took the African side from 47 for 3 to 126 for 4.  However, quick reflexes in the field led to a series of run outs, with Uganda losing Deusdedit Muhumuza, captain Davis Arinaitwe, Charles Waiswa and Henry Senyondo as they scampered to add extra runs.  When Senyondo was run out on the penultimate delivery, Uganda was all out for 175.  Timroy Allen took two wickets for the USA.
In response, USA struggled to build any lasting partnerships, and skipper Steve Massiah top scored with 24.  Opener Japen Patel contributed 20 runs, but after Massiah was dismissed lbw off the bowling of Mukasa, USA lost three wickets for two runs.  A dogged last man stand by Elmore Hutchinson could not salvage the innings, and USA was all out for 93 in forty overs.
Mukasa was the pick of Uganda's bowlers, taking three for 29, while Charles Waiswa, Arinaitwe and Senyond took two apiece.  Wicket-keeper Sematimba's knock of 44 earned him the man of the match award.
Uganda's captain Davis Arinaitwe was elated to secure the win and the guaranteed qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014. "How can anyone not think about that, really?  We've achieved the objective, coming into this tournament, of trying to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, so we are happy."
The delighted skipper pointed to his team's all-round capabilities as the reason for its success: "There are no big stars in our team, but because we have grown up together and played together for such a long time, one of our biggest strengths is that we work as a unit. I might be able to do the job today, but tomorrow someone else will, and the day after someone else will.  We have so many players in the team who can win games and it has shown in this tournament.  Different players at different stages have picked themselves up and done the job for us."
USA captain Steve Massiah praised Uganda's performance on a tough wicket:  "I thought Uganda made at least 30 runs extra, judging the pace of the pitch.  We knew it was going to get difficult batting second, and full credit to them, they played excellent cricket.  I thought they put a total on the board that they could have defended, and their bowlers stuck to the task and bowled brilliantly.  They totally out-bowled us today."
The New Yorker remained confident ahead of this side's final group match on Saturday, against regional neighbour Bermuda.  "Absolutely I'm confident for the final match.  We have to back up our convictions.  At the end of the day, we still have to go out there and execute.
"We control our own destiny, we don't have to be dependent on other results to get through.  Once we win, we're basically assured a place in the final, and we'll be the second team to have four wins in the tournament."
Uganda now moves above the USA to lead the competition, and is assured of a spot in Sunday's final, as well as a position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014.

In other matches, host Bermuda defeated Italy by 60 runs at Somerset CC to record its second victory of the tournament.
A blistering century from veteran Lionel Cann set up the victory, with the 40-year old all-rounder scoring 113 from only 48 balls. Striking six fours and 11 sixes, Cann almost overshadowed the remainder of the improved Bermuda batting lineup, as Tre Manders (64), David Hemp (36) and Malachi Jones (19) all contributed.   Gayashan Munasinghe and Dilan Arsakulasuriya combined to remove the last three wickets in the last nine balls, with Rodney Trott caught off the last ball.
Italy commenced the run chase quickly, and, like yesterday's match against Uganda, the European side looked like it could overhaul the target set. A 70 run partnership between all-rounder Damian Crowley and Peter Petricola   set up the Italy innings, and a quickfire 66 from 34 balls by Carl Sandri brought the target even closer.  As the pressure mounted, however, Italy suffered two quick run outs, and Italy was dismissed for 224 in 44 overs. All-rounder Malachi Jones took three wickets for Bermuda, but it was Lionel Cann who was adjudged man of the match.
Bermuda captain Stephen Outerbridge was pleased with his team's improving fortunes, which he attributes to attitude.  "Very happy, I think it was just a shift of attitude again today.  It's something we are trying to get right at the moment.  Lionel and Trey Manders batted exceptionally well today, I think Lionel scored 100 off 40 something balls, so they basically set the platform for us to build our score."
"What I am trying to instill is a team belief.  For some reason or other, some teams I the past have just been individuals.  So we're just trying bring the guys together and to know that they are playing for one another, and that they can get results in international cricket.  It's not about if you can outscore your teammates, but outscoring the opponents you're playing against."
Outerbridge is confident ahead of his team's final group match against regional rival USA, the team it lost to in the final of the recent ICC Americas Division 1 Championship. "The last match is going to be a crucial match against the USA, I'm pretty sure everyone is up for a really good game against the USA  after our rivalry in the Americas, and then I think it boils down to run rate if we can definitely get a victory.  That's what I am going to ask them."
Italy captain Alessandro Bonora was disappointed with the result, though happy to see improvement in his team's performance. "Again, we haven't done well enough.  It was a bit better today, we put up a good fight, but things didn't really work for us.  We'll just have to take it on the chin and keep our heads up.  In this tournament, I guess the best we can hope for us fifth.  We've got another tournament in July, the regional T20 qualifier, so we'll have more time together as a unit, so we have to focus on that."
"We should have been chasing 220.  Credit to Cann and Manders, they scored quickly - Cann scored 100 off 40-odd balls, and you don't see that every day.  On that small ground on a fairly good wicket, we were looking at 220, 230, which would have been completely achievable.  We lost wickets regularly, though it definitely was better batting.  The batting probably would have cost us a bit, and the fielding generally, which is a symptom of being a bit low in confidence.  I think we just need that little magic wind to turn things around."
With one group match left to play, the skipper says his side will prepare strongly. "We have tournaments coming up and we don't come together too often as a group, so we need to take as much as we can out of the last match.  It's pointless arriving and just having a bash.  Probably what will happen is, without there being pressure on us, there will be a natural freedom, and we'll see some guys express themselves a bit more.  Don't be surprised if you see us get a good score."
Bermuda now moves to fourth on the ladder, two points behind USA.

Nepal surmounted the Oman bowling attack to achieve its second victory of the tournament, defeating Oman by 28 runs at the National Sports Stadium.
Sent into bat, Nepal overcame the loss of two early wickets to post 160 from its 50 overs.  Gyanendra Malla (34), captain Paras Khadka (28), S Vesawkar (27) and B Bhandari (35) brought the score to 146 for seven, but the Oman bowling attack smothered the tail end, who only managed to add eight runs for the last three wickets.
Munis Ansari was the pick of the Oman bowlers, taking three for 27, while Lalcheta picked up two.
Oman captain Vaibhav Wategaonkar (27) again lead the run chase, while Ajay Lalchata (24) and Sultan Ahmed (19) contributed patient knocks. However, the skipper's return to the pavilion sparked a batting collapse, with the loss of four wickets in four overs leaving Oman balanced precariously at 118 for eight.  Thirty-nine year old Hemal Metha added 10 runs before Oman was dismissed for 132 runs.  Basant Regmi and Sanjam Regmi took two wickets apiece, while teammate Malla was adjudged man of the match.
Nepal's skipper was pleased with his team's performance on a tough wicket.  "We were 20 - 25 runs short, looking at the wicket, but the wicket was not that easy.  With our bowling attack though, we thought 160 was defendable."
Khadka remains positive for Nepal's final group match, which will be against Italy.  "We still have one more game to go, and if results fall in our favour, we still have a slight chance of making it to the next round. So fingers crossed that everything goes well, and we should be doing ok."
Oman captain Vaibhav Wategaonkar felt his team let chances slip through its fingers. "It was an achievable target, but again the same thing has happened - we didn't bat well.  The batsmen were struggling, to get the runs."
With one group match remaining, Wategaonkar is determined that his side will perform well.  "We'll have some plans for our final match against Uganda, which we'll go through tomorrow with the coach and all the players.  We have to win that match at any cost."
Nepal now moves to third on the ladder, while Oman drops to fifth.
Points table after round four:

TEAM       P   W    L    PTS     NRR
Uganda      4    4      0    8          +1.508
USA          4     3      1   6          +0.690
Nepal        4     2      2   4           -0.014
Bermuda   4     2     2    4           -0.959
Oman        4     1     3    2           -0.152
Italy          4     0     4    0            -1.239

Scores in brief:

At National Sports Stadium
Nepal 160 for 9, 50 overs (Malla 34, Bhandari 32, Khadka 28; Ansari 3-26)
Oman 132 all out, 46.4 overs (Wategaonkar 27, Lalcheta 24; B Regmi 2-18, S Regmi 2-25)
Nepal won by 28 runs
Player of the Match:  Gyanendra Malla (Nepal)

At St. David's
Uganda 175 all out, 49.5 overs (Musoke 44, Sematimba 44; Allen 2-37)
USA 93 all out, 39.1 overs (Massiah 24, Patel 20; Mukasa 3-29)
Uganda won by 82 runs
Player of the Match:  Laurence Sematimba (Uganda)

At Somerset CC
Bermuda 284, 50 overs (Cann 113, Manders 64, Hemp 36; Arsakulasuriya 3-42, Munasinghe 3-66)
Italy 224 all out, 44 overs (Petricola 66, Sandri 66, Crowley 29; Jones 3-51)
Bermuda won by 60 runs
Player of the Match:  Lionel Cann (Bermuda)
Friday is a rest/reserve day.  Saturday's fixtures:
At National Sports Stadium: Bermuda v USA
At St. David's: Nepal v Italy
At Somerset CC: Uganda v Oman

All matches are scheduled to start at 1030 local time

Italia - Bermuda

2 maggio

Si gioca al Somerset Cricket Club. Il campo piccolo fa sperare e preoccupare. Alla fine arriva un'altra sconfitta piena di polemiche con un pubblico decisamente ostile.

Decisioni arbitrali, pitch a cui non siamo abituati? Inutile cercare giustificazioni esterne. Il nostro power batting è diventato misero.

Bermuda 284 batte Italia 224

mercoledì 1 maggio 2013


Hamilton, 1 May 2013

Undefeated Uganda and USA to lock horns tomorrow, winner guaranteed to progress to ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014
Uganda survives scare against Italy, USA overcomes bowling attack of Oman
Captain Paras Khadka leads Nepal to victory over Bermuda

Uganda and USA recorded third round wins to continue their undefeated run and cement their positions at the top of the leaderboard of Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 in Bermuda today.The victories set up a mouthwatering clash between the two teams tomorrow at St. David's, where the victor will be guaranteed a position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014, the penultimate event on the road to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.

Uganda overcame a slow start to defeat Italy by 23 runs at the National Sports Stadium and continue its winning streak at the tournament.Light rain delayed the start of play, and Italy's decision to field appeared to be a good one, as its bowlers heavily restricted the Uganda innings. Left-hander Arthur Kyobe chipped away to score 14, including two of the three fours scored by his team. Vince Pennazza broke through the dogged defence in the 22nd over, capturing the wickets of Roger Mukasa (10) lbw and Benjamin Musoke (11) to reduce the competition leader to 55 for four.  Double figures from Deusdedit Muhumuza (12) and Richard Okia (15) assisted Uganda to reach a modest total of 114 for nine from its 50 overs. Carl Sandri was the pick of the Italy bowlers, with four for 26, while Vince Pennazza picked up two.Italy's response started almost as slowly, though for much of the run-chase it looked like the European side would overhaul the target required.  Yesterday's hero Andrew Northcote scored 28 from 72 deliveries before being run out. His measured knock was the highest of the Italy innings, as the batting lineup failed to find its feet. While Peter Petricola (19) and Michael Raso (12) kept the run rate above the required level, the last five wickets fell for 22 runs. Four wickets from Uganda captain and man of the match Davis Arinaitwe, and two apiece from Charles Waiswa and youngster Mukasa, meant that Italy was all out for 91. Winning skipper Arinaitwe was delighted with his team's efforts in such a tightly contested encounter. "It certainly was a tight match, the wicket was difficult to bat on, but we thought that if we finish our 50 overs, and regardless of what score we got on the board, we'd look to make it as difficult as possible for them. It worked for us, we managed to take all the wickets before they managed to hit the score."We looked to see if we could bat our 50 overs out, and looked to occupy the crease, pick up a reasonable total.We certainly looked for slightly more than that, but at the end of 50 overs we could only manage 114.  And we have a decent enough bowling attack to defend such a score. "Tomorrow's key match against the USA is something that his side is prepared for, Arinaitwe says. "For us, we're here to try and make sure we qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014. We've taken every game we've played with the utmost respect and importance, so tomorrow is not going to be any different. Tomorrow we're playing another game, we're playing against a very big team in the tournament, the USA. For us it is business as usual. We're going to wake up in the morning and go out there and stick to our game plans and try to pick up the win. "The beauty about it is that tomorrow's win actually gives the automatic qualification spot, so for us, we'll go out there, do what we normally do, and we believe the rest of it will take care of itself. "Italy captain Alessandro Bonora said after the match: "It was not good enough. The close score is not much of a consolation prize. "Reflecting on his team's performance, Bonora feels they let too many chances slip away.  "Uganda was definitely under pressure. I think they just couldn't get away. Our seamers built up that pressure so well and then to have Sandri and Crowley come in, it was pretty awesome. We felt pretty buoyed at lunch. But it was definitely a tricky pitch, it had a lot of turn in it.  So credit to Uganda, they obviously knew that and came on and coped with the pressure." With two matches to go, the skipper believes that his side needs to make changes in order to finally live up to its potential: "Tomorrow we have to make changes, we have to make fundamental changes.  But in terms of how we play, we are just playing too many risky shots, not sticking around long enough and not fighting long enough.  We're looking for shortcuts all the time. It was the third game and we haven't batted 50 overs, which is the cardinal sin in one-day cricket, and we've committed it three times. We're a better team than that but we're certainly not showing it."

Elsewhere, USA defeated Oman by 2 wickets at Somerset CC to record its third successive win of the tournament and cement its position in the top two.Set a total of 176 to win, USA started badly, losing three early wickets for 37 runs. The Oman bowlers kept the batsmen under pressure, and Munis Ansari claimed three top order batsmen for 62 runs.  A 90 runs partnership between veterans Steven Massiah (39) and Rashard Marshall (72 not out) brought USA within reach of victory, but a lower order batting collapse swung the match back in favour of Oman.  The side lost three wickets for three runs, but an aggressive appearance from Barrington Bartley (16) helped USA reach the target of 176 with two wickets in hand.  Ansari and Aamir Kaleem took three wickets apiece.Earlier, Oman was sent in to bat, and other than a patient knock of 25 from captain Vaibhav Wategaonkar, the top order failed to fire. A three wicket spell from Neil McGarrell ripped through the middle order, but resistance from the tail end, including 26 from left-hander Sufyan Mehmood and an undefeated 26 from number 10 Munis Ansari, saw Oman recover from 92 for seven to 175 all out.   USA's Marshall was adjudged man of the match.Relieved USA skipper Steve Massiah said after the match: "It was a well-earned victory by us. We were made to work very hard for it because obviously we had Oman at 92 for seven and then the team managed to recover and post a decent total of 175.   We then lost three early wickets, and myself and Rashard Marshall had to consolidate the innings.  In the end, the partnership proved to be crucial in helping us to get across the line."The loss of cheap wickets was nerve-wracking for those watching in the pavilion, according to the skipper: "In a tournament of this significance and with so much at stake - two teams are going to qualify to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014 and each and every one of us came here with the same goal - it was very nerve wracking and a pressure situation but it just goes to show the depth of our team and we were able to get the job the done."Looking forward to tomorrow's crunch match against Uganda, Massiah says the possibility of guaranteed progression to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier will not impact on his side's preparation. "We won't prepare any different to how we have prepared for past three games. We're taking each game as it comes.  Each and every game is like a last game, like a final for us.  We'll go out there with the same intensity and approach as for the last three games, and just try to be positive and hopefully we can come away with a win."Oman captain Vaibhav Wategaonkar felt his team let opportunities slip through its fingers: "The total was defendable.  The problem is again that we didn't bat well.  Our bowling department is working very well actually, but our batting was not as good.  We did well because the tail enders played well."The Mumbai-born skipper said the team had been looking for early wickets.  "We were trying to get the wickets all the time, and then the big partnership between the captain and Marshall came along."For tomorrow's match, Wategaonkar says the focus for improvement will be simple.  "We'll be focusing on our batting."Nepal has recorded its first victory of the tournament, defeating host Bermuda by eight wickets in their third round match in front of a passionate crowd at St David's.Under a grey sky, Nepal won the toss and elected to field.  \ Nepal's decision proved to be a good one, as the combination of Chandra Sawad and Prithu Baskota restricted the run rate.  Bermuda lost six wickets for 45 runs to be left struggling at 89 for eight in the 31st over.  A patient knock from captain Stephen Outerbridge (29) resisted the spin attack, and once the captain was bowled by his opposite number, Paras Khadka, Malachi Jones (15 not out) did his best to salvage the innings, however the host was all out for 106 in the 39th over.  Man of the match Khadka was the pick of the Nepal bowlers, taking four for 31, while Basant Regmi claimed three for 20 with an economy rate of 2.00.Nepal chased down the target quickly, with captain Khadka (46 not out) and Gyanendra Mall (34 not out) finding the boundary regularly to ensure that Nepal reached its target of 107 in the 12th over for the loss of two wickets.  All-rounder and former captain of the Bermuda Under 19 team, Rodney Trott, took both wickets.The thrilled Nepal captain said after the match: "We were due for it.  It was sad that we couldn't live up to our potential in the first two games, but anyway, we picked up in this game.  We still have a long way to go, a couple more games, so we just need to go there and win convincingly."The pitch really helped us.  The pitch is really turning.  The boys have worked hard for it and we bowled very, very well. We bowled to the conditions and the fielders backed it up, and the batters finished it."With two matches left in the group stage, Khadka believes his team will keep improving. "It's still not the end of the tournament for us, we've still got two games to look forward to. We'll take it one game at a time.  We'll go out there and go for the win.  There's no alternative for us.  The only way we can move forward it by winning all the games, so we've got to take all the positives from this game and move ahead."Bermuda skipper Stephen Outerbridge was disappointed with his side's batting: "I think again our batting let us down.  It's hard to win a match when you only get 100 runs on the board, and then you start as poor as we did.  It just can't happen."We didn't clear the ground at all.  We looked at the wicket, it is turning square.  They made the inroads early and we found it hard to get out of the rut that we've been in.  Credit to Nepal, they played well and deserved to win."Looking forward to tomorrow's clash with Italy, the skipper was philosophical: "What I told the boys the other day is to look inward and come back better than you were the day before.  If everyone can do that, and have a stronger performance, than hopefully we can make it two wins and two losses for the tournament tomorrow.  Hopefully there'll be a few surprises in the other games and then we're back into the tournament and still trying to push for a promotion place."

USA's result against Italy moves the side to top of the table, pushing Uganda down to second. Nepal jumps two places to fourth, while Bermuda drops one spot to fifth.

Points table after round three:

TEAM               P  W  L  PTS  NRR
USA                  3  3    0  6       +1.540
Uganda            3  3    0  6       +1.467
Oman               3  1    2   2      +0.012
Nepal               3   1   2   2       -0.192
Bermuda          3  1   2   2       -1.672
Italy                   3  0   3    0       -1.176

Scores in brief:
At National Sports Stadium
Uganda 114 for nine, 50 overs (Okia 15, Kyobe 14; Sandri 4-26)
Italy 91 all out, 35.3 overs (Northcote 28, Petricola 19; Arinaitwe 4-20)
Uganda won by 23 runs
Player of the Match:  Davis Arinaitwe (Uganda)

At St. David's
Bermuda 106 all out, 38.2 overs (Outerbridge 29, Hemp 16; Khadka 4-31, B Regmi 3-20)
Nepal 107 for 2, 11.2 overs (Khadka 46*, Malla 34*, Trott 2-28)Nepal won by 8 wickets (with 232 balls remaining)
Player of the Match:  P Khadka (Nepal)

At Somerset CC
Oman 175 all out, 49.4 overs  (Ansari 26*, Mehmood 26, Vaibhav Wategaonkar 25; McGarrell 3-30)USA (Marshall 72*, Massiah 39; Kaleem 3-34, Ansari 3-62)
USA won by 2 wickets (with 65 balls remaining)Player of the Match: Rashard Marshall (USA)

Thursday's fixtures:
At National Sports Stadium: Nepal v Oman
At St. David's: USA v Uganda
At Somerset CC: Bermuda v Italy

All matches are scheduled to start at 1030 local time

Italia - Uganda

Visto alla fine del primo innings lo score dell'Uganda (114/9 in 50 overs) poteva sembrare poca cosa.

Invece era troppo per l'Italia che sembra aver perso la capacita' di battere 50 overs e di ragionare.

Cosi', dopo tre giornate, l'Italia si trova in solitudine al fondo della classifica.

Solo l'aritmetica impedisce, per il momento, la retrocessione nella Divisione 4.


Hamilton, 29 April 2013

Syed Amir Ali's man of the match performance not enough as Bermuda defeats Oman, Uganda records second decisive victory to beat Nepal, USA overcomes Italy

Bermuda recorded its first win of the tournament today, benefitting from an improved batting performance to defeat Oman by 34 runs in front of an excited crowd at St. David's. Oman won the toss and sent the host in to bat, and Curt Stovell (16) quickly put some runs on the board. Bernuda lost three quick wickets to be five for 73 in the twentieth over, however, a patient middle order, including a 36 run sixth-wicket stand between Lionel Cann (16) and Jason Anderson (29), steadied the innings. Left-hander Treadwell Gibbons added 33 in a knock that included five fours, and when he was the last wicket to fall in the 45th over, Bermuda had reached 194.  Karachi-born spinner Syed Amir Ali was the key wicket takers for Oman, taking three for 34, including veteran dangerman David Hemp for five.Oman was not able to chase down the modest total, despite a half century from Ali. The side lost four quick wickets, and was struggling at four for 24 in the ninth over.  Twenty-four year old Jatinder Singh added a patient 28 runs, but he could not stop the fall of wickets as the Bermuda bowling attack pounced on the middle and lower order. A swashbuckling 58 not out from Ali brought hope back to his side, however, his efforts were not enough and Oman was dismissed for 160, 35 runs short of victory.Malachi Jones took three for 29, while Stovell, Rodney Trott and Jacobi Robinson took two apiece.  Oman's Ali was declared man of the match for his combined efforts.Bermuda skipper Stephen Outerbridge was delighted with his side's performance: "I thought the mental approach by my team today was awesome. Something we do domestically, but internationally we seem to not back ourselves as we should, but today it was played in the right spirit.""We knew that today was a crucial stage of the tournament, and really came out hard and came out with a victory, which is the most important thing.  We carried an extra batsman. We just need our batsmen to come into their own, a few late order batsmen did get close today to get us to 194, but we are looking for our top order to come to the party and deliver the goods for the team," he continued.Outerbridge believes his team will continue to improve. "I think we haven't played to our potential as of yet, in a way that is good thing for us, and we have another opportunity on Wednesday to get it right," he said.Oman captain Vaibhav Wategonkar was again pleased with his bowlers' performances, despite the loss: "Our bowlers did a fantastic job in both matches, which is a plus point for this tournament. Now we have to work a little bit on our batting strategy and hopefully everyone will take the responsibility in the next matches.

"Elsewhere, Uganda recorded its second decisive victory, defeating Nepal by six wickets in the 27th over at Somerset CC.  Set a target of 117 for victory, Uganda's Arthur Kyobe (18) scored some quick runs, before Roger Mukasa and Benjamin Musoke (22) put on the game's biggest partnership of 58. Mukasa struck a four to reach the target of 117 and to finish just shy of his half century (49 not out). Basant Regmi was the pick of the Nepal bowlers, taking two for 33 in nine overs.Earlier, Nepal elected to bat and Pradeep Airee scored 24 at almost a run a ball. However, the spin combination of Frank Nsubuga and captain Davis Arinaitwe tightened the screws, and Shakti Gauchan was the only other batsman to make a significant contribution, scoring 21 from 83 balls.  Gauchan was the last wicket to fall, and his departure left Nepal with a total of 116 to defend.  Nsubuga and Arinaitwe took three wickets apiece, with Arinaitwe's three for 12 judged the man of the match performance.Uganda captain and man of the match, Arinaitwe was thrilled with his team's performance in what he saw as a crucial encounter: "Today's game was very important for us, it was very important to pick up a win against a big team like Nepal. We know the quality they have, and so it was very important to do well today.""It was a big game for us, we wanted to put them on the back foot as quickly as possible.  We executed our game plan as we wanted and we did put them on the back foot, so I am very happy," he continued. Uganda has solidified its position on the points table and leads the tournament with four points, something the skipper says will not affect his side's preparation for the remaining matches.  "All teams would be happy to pick up two games at the beginning of tournament.  We will keep our feet on the ground though, it is just the beginning of the tournament, and we still have a few matches to go."Nepal captain Paras Khadka was disappointed with his side's batting. "We just didn't bat well. You can't get away with 116, it was below par for a team of our potential.  We haven't played to our potential, which is sad for a tournament of this scale."Looking forward to the rest of the tournament, the skipper remained positive: "Mathematically, we still have a chance. There are three games left and we just need to win those three games, remain positive and forget these matches. The first two games are in the past and we need to look ahead. We've worked so hard so it is disappointing that we have not performed better, so we need to focus and win the final three."Commenting on the fans that have supported his team from the day it arrived in Bermuda, Khadka said: "We always get that support everywhere we go.  It's nice to get that support and we want to get three wins for our fans and our country from our three remaining matches.

"All-rounder Timroy Allen continued his good form with the bat to help USA record its second victory of the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League today, defeating Italy by 74 runs at the National Sports Stadium.Buoyed by its score of 366 yesterday against Nepal, USA elected to bat first on the slower wicket at the National Sports Stadium. Unlike yesterday, however, the innings started slowly, with Orlando Baker falling in the second over. Young wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Taylor, who wowed the small crowd at Somerset on Sunday with his aggressive knock of 162, fell shortly after for six, leaving USA at two for 10.  Captain Steve Massiah and Sushil Nadkarni put on a 78 run partnership before the skipper was bowled by Damian Crowley, but Nadkarni (73) and Rashard Marshall (39) kept the runs coming.  All-rounder Allen (51 not out) came in at number six and immediately began to find the boundaries, striking five sixes and one four to help USA reach 254 for eight from its 50 overs.  Dilan Arsakulasuriya was the pick of the Italy bowlers, with three for 54.Italy responded quickly, with Andrew Northcote (41), Peter Petricola (25), Damian Crowley (37) and Carl Sandri (41) all contributing with the bat.  However, once Crowley was out stumped by Taylor, the batting resistance collapsed, and Italy lost its final four wickets for nine runs to be all out for 180 in the 46th over.USA captain Steve Massiah was very pleased with his side's performance: "When the team came here, we focused on the first two games as the trend setters for the tournament.  We wanted to get out of the gates quickly. We have now accomplished the first goal, and will focus on the next three matches."Massiah believes the team's strong opening performances are courtesy of an all round balance in the team. "Our batting is pretty strong, it goes deep. Some guys haven't had a chance yet, or not had much time on the field, but they are also very strong batsmen.  Our bowling is good too, but teams chasing high scores will go after the bowlers, that's why it may look like our bowlers aren't as strong as the batsmen, but we have a balanced team."Italy skipper Alessandro Bonora believes his side had its opportunities in the match: "Again, we were in there, we were competitive, but we were the masters of our own demise, really.  We gave up some easy opportunities in the field, and with the bat."Bonora is looking to his batsmen for improvement for the upcoming encounters: "All through, the key is not having long partnerships. It is something we are aware of and one of the basics of cricket, so we need to work on that for the remaining matches."

Points table after round two:Teams MatWonLostTiedPtsNet RR
AUganda220042.163USA220041.68Oman211020.396Bermuda21102-0.8Italy20200-1.723Nepal20200-2.393Scores in brief:At National Sports StadiumUSA 254 for 8, 50 overs (Nadkarni 73, Allen 51*, Massiah 51; Fernando 3-54)Italy 180 all out, 45.3 overs (Northcote 41, Sandri 41, Crowley 37; McGarrell 4-44, Hutchinson 3-44)USA won by 74 runsPlayer of the Match:  Timroy Allen (United States of America)At St. David'sBermuda 194 all out, 44.1 overs (Gibbons 33, Anderson 29; Ali 3-34)Oman 160 all out, 41.5 overs (Ali 58*, Singh 28; Malachi Jones 3-29)Bermuda won by 34 runsPlayer of the Match:  Syed Amir Ali (Oman)At Somerset CCNepal 116 all out, 44.2 overs (Airee 24, Gauchan 21; Arinaitwe 3-13, Nsubuga 3-26)Uganda 117 for 4, 27.0 overs (Mukasa 49*, Musoke 22; B Regmi 2-33)Uganda won by 6 wickets (with 138 balls remaining)Player of the Match:  Davis Arinaitwe (Uganda)Tuesday is a rest/reserve day. Wednesday's fixtures:At National Sports Stadium: Uganda v ItalyAt St. David's: Bermuda v OmanAt Somerset CC: Oman v USAAll matches are scheduled to start at 1030 local timeNote to Editors:Photos from Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 are available for editorial use through an ICC event ftp. Please credit - ICC/ Kageaki SmithCopy and paste the below link into Windows Explorer and press enter. It is not Internet Explorer. prompted to do so, please add the following username and password (Note, these details are case sensitive and so should be typed exactly as written here):Username: WCL-DIV3-rdPassword: #Password123

Italia - USA (29 aprile)

Il risultato dice tutto:
United States of America 254/8(50.0)
Italy 180/10(45.3)

Ancora una volta non si batte per tutti i cinquanta overs e si perde (giustamente).

Almeno per un po' abbiamo dato la sensazione di essere in partita... ma era proprio solo una sensazione.

domenica 28 aprile 2013


Hamilton, 28 April 2013

Steven Taylor blasts USA to victory over NepalHenry Senyondo bowls Uganda to victory over Bermuda while Oman defeats Italy by seven wickets

A blistering 162 from opener and wicket keeper Steven Taylor propelled USA to victory over Nepal in its opening match of Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 in Bermuda on Sunday.USA got off to a flying start against Nepal, with openers Steven Taylor and Orlando Baker putting on a 125 runs partnership to lead USA to a daunting total of 366 from its fifty overs.Florida-born Taylor wasted no time in finding the boundaries, demonstrating why he was the top run scorer in the recent ICC Americas Division 1 Championship. While Baker scored a patient 37, Taylor brought up his century off 61 balls, and then picked up the pace. Taylor reached 162, smashing twelve fours and twelve sixes, before Nepal finally had the breakthrough it was looking for, and USA was 234 for three in 35 overs.  Following his departure, USA lost wickets regularly, but the Nepal bowlers were not able to smother the run rate.  A hard hitting 67 not out by Timroy Allen helped the USA reach its formidable total of 366 for six.Captain Paras Khadka and 24 year old Sharad Vesawkar spearheaded the Nepal run chase. The pair crafted a 69 run partnership, with both finding the boundaries regularly to keep the run rate steadily climbing.  Khadka was caught by wicketkeeper Taylor for 73, including nine fours and two sixes.  Vesawkar continued the batting offensive, and survived a misfield by Neil McGarrell to score 72 from 61 balls. The tail end continued the run chase, and Shakti Gauchan added 39 before being caught on the penultimate delivery of the match, to leave Nepal all out for 272 in 49.5 overs. Veteran McGarrell was the pick of the USA bowlers with three for 42, while Taylor's knock of 162 was adjudged to be the Man of the Match performance.USA skipper Steve Massiah was elated with the result: "We are very pleased with the performance.  I thought that it was important that, playing against Nepal who we've had many close encounters with over the years and we've shared matches with - it's good to come away with a win.  Moving forward, it's important that we continue the momentum.""Initially we didn't plan to make 366, but we'll take it!  I thought it was an incredible performance by young Steven Taylor to score 162.  That was amazing batting, and it's not batting that you see every day, so with that and some other brilliant performances, everyone chipping in, it just goes to show the depth of our team," he continued.Man of the Match Taylor, who became the first USA batsman to score a century in Twenty20 cricket at the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship earlier this year, was pleased that his performance could help his team to victory over the team that beat it in Division 4: "It was really fun, because after playing against these guys in Malaysia in Division 4 last year, it felt good to come back and give them a real hitting.  They beat us twice in Malaysia."Nepal captain Paras Khadka was disappointed with the result, despite his side scoring a very respectable total of 272. "As a team, maybe we gave 40 runs more to USA.  If it had been 300 or 330, maybe it would have been at par.  But when a guy gets 162, it's just one of those days when you cannot do anything.""We were disappointed.  Maybe a bigger ground would have made a difference, but Taylor batted extremely well, and I think that is one of the best innings we've encountered as a team.  The bowlers had a really tough time, from both the teams.  But this is the start of the tournament, so we need to take all the positives and move ahead.  In the World Cricket League, every match is equally important, and you cannot make excuses.  You've got to adapt and adjust your game accordingly, and your focus has got to be there," he said.

At the National Sports Centre, Uganda continued its winning streak against the Bermuda in WCL events, recording a 114 run victory over the host to secure a first round win.When the teams last met in a WCL event, Uganda beat Bermuda in both encounters of Division 2 in April 2011.  In today's match, Uganda posted a total of 222 from its 50 overs, with opener Arthur Kyobe setting a solid foundation.  Crafting a patient 53, Kyobe's departure left Uganda at four for 119. Wicket keeper Lawrence Sematimba added 42 and Frank Nsubuga finished unbeaten on 51 to help Uganda to a total of 222 in 50 overs.In reply, Bermuda started slowly, and it had scored only 39 runs when it lost its first wicket in the 16th over.  Good fielding from Uganda helped keep the run rate down and resulted in three run outs.  Veteran Lionel Cann was the main run-getter, with the 40-year old scoring 22, before Bermuda was all out for 108 in the 44th over.   Henry Senyondo was the leading wicket taker for Uganda, with four for 23, while Kyobe was awarded the Man of the Match award.Uganda skipper Davis Arinaitwe was delighted with such a strong start to the tournament: "We got off the right way for a big tournament like this.  That type of win against the home team puts out a strong statement that we are here for business, not just to enjoy the beach and make friends.Today's match is now in the past, so the tournament starts for us tomorrow."Bermuda captain Stephen Outerbridge was disappointed with his side's performance on home ground: "Obviously, we are disappointed that it didn't come off for us today.  Hats off to Uganda though, the team played really well.  I think our bowlers executed their plans well, but the batsmen did not.  Hopefully that will turn around for us tomorrow."

At St David's, Oman recorded a seven wicket victory over Italy.  Dinidu Marage (19), captain Alessandro Bonora (20) and Peter Petricola (21) were the main contributors with the bat for Italy.  However, Petricola's departure sparked a batting collapse, and Italy lost seven wickets in eight overs. When tail ender Dilan Fernando Arsakulasuriya came to the crease, Italy had only 77 runs on the board, and he added 22 runs before being bowled in the 39th over to end the Italy innings at 110 runs.  Aamir Kaleem was the pick of the Oman bowlers, taking four for 15 in only eight overs in a Man of the Match performance.In reply, Oman batted patiently, with captain Vaibhav Wategaonkar (31 not out) and Ghazanfar Iqbal (27) the main contributors. The side reached 112 in the 29th over, with seven wickets to spare.Oman's Wategaonkar was thrilled with his team's overall performance, but particularly the bowlers: "I am very pleased with our overall performance. Our bowlers gave us an excellent foundation, particularly the spinners.  The bowlers put us in a position to chase down such a small total, and I hope to continue the good showing versus Bermuda tomorrow."Italy captain Alessandro Bonora was disappointed with his team's low total: "We didn't score enough runs.  The batsmen didn't show enough application and intent - losing seven wickets for 20 runs in not good enough. The bowlers tried hard but it's always going to be difficult to defend 110."

Scores in brief:

At National Sports Stadium
Uganda 227 for 7, 50 overs (Kyobe 53, Nsubuga 51 not out, Sematimba 42; Trott 2-34)
Bermuda 108 all out, 43.3 overs (Stovell 19, Hemp 16; Senyondo 4-23)
Uganda won by 114 runs
Player of the Match: Arthur Kyobe (Uganda)

At St. David's
Italy 110 all out, 38.2 overs (Arsakulasuriya 22; Kaleem 4-15)Oman 112 for 3, 29.1 overs (Wategaonkar 31 not out, Iqbal 27; Crowley 1-11)
Oman won by 7 wickets with 125 balls remaining
Player of the Match:  Aamir Kaleem (Oman)

At Somerset CCUSA 366 for six, 50 overs (Taylor 162, Allen 67 not out, baker 37; B Regmi 2-43)Nepal 272 all out, 49.5 overs (Khadka 73, Vesawkar 72, Gauchan 39; McGarrell 3-42)
USA won by 94 runs
Player of the Match:  Steven Taylor (USA)

Monday's fixtures:
At National Sports Stadium: Italy v USA
At St. David's: Bermuda v Oman
At Somerset CC: Nepal v Uganda