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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

Italia - Oman (Commento)

Sarebbe appropriato limitarsi a scrivere "NO COMMENT" e chiudere qui.

La partita di fatto non è mai iniziata con l'Italia che pur avendo scelto di battere subiva passivamente i lanciatori dell'Oman.

Basta dire che la migliore partnership è quella dell'ultima coppia (Munasinghe - Dilan Fernando) ed il miglior battitore è stato Dilan Fernando (l'ultimo) con 22 punti.

Al lancio poco da fare. Impossibile difendere 110 punti.

Gli altri risultati:

Uganda 222/7 batte Bermuda 108/10
USA 366/6 - Nepal 272/10


Italia - Oman (Scorecard)

Italy 110 (38.2 ov)

Oman 112/3 (29.1 ov)

Oman won by 7 wickets (with 125 balls remaining)

    ICC World Cricket League Division Three
    2013 season
    Played at Lord's, St David's Cricket Club Ground, Bermuda (neutral venue)
    28 April 2013 (50-over match)

                           
    Italy innings (50 overs maximum)     R     B     4s     6s     SR    
MGDCK Fernando     c Wategaonkar b Ranpura     1     3     0     0     33.33    
DA Marage     b Ansari     19     25     1     2     76.00    
A Bonora*     b Aamir Kaleem     20     65     2     0     30.76    
PA Petricola     c †Sultan Ahmed b Amir Ali     21     26     3     0     80.76    
DG Crowley     c Jatinder Singh b Mehta     0     7     0     0     0.00    
AM Northcote     lbw b Aamir Kaleem     2     8     0     0     25.00    
CS Sandri     c Wategaonkar b Aamir Kaleem     6     9     1     0     66.66    
HP Patrizi†     c Jatinder Singh b Mehta     5     12     1     0     41.66    
V Pennazza     c & b Aamir Kaleem     0     3     0     0     0.00    
GRD Munasinghe     not out     8     36     0     0     22.22    
DSF Arsakulasuriya     b Ansari     22     36     4     0     61.11    
    Extras     (lb 4, w 2)     6                    
                       
    Total     (all out; 38.2 overs)     110     (2.86 runs per over)
Fall of wickets 1-5 (Fernando, 1.2 ov), 2-31 (Marage, 8.5 ov), 3-58 (Petricola, 18.1 ov), 4-59 (Crowley, 19.3 ov), 5-65 (Bonora, 22.1 ov), 6-66 (Northcote, 22.6 ov), 7-76 (Patrizi, 25.4 ov), 8-76 (Sandri, 26.1 ov), 9-77 (Pennazza, 26.5 ov), 10-110 (Arsakulasuriya, 38.2 ov)
                               
    Bowling     O     M     R     W     Econ        
M Ansari     7.2     1     24     2     3.27     (1w)    
RJ Ranpura     6     2     24     1     4.00        
HJ Mehta     10     2     23     2     2.30        
Amir Ali     5     1     8     1     1.60        
Ghazanfar Iqbal     1     0     6     0     6.00     (1w)    
Aamir Kaleem     8     1     15     4     1.87        
Zeeshan Siddiqui     1     0     6     0     6.00        
                           
    Oman innings (target: 111 runs from 50 overs)     R     B     4s     6s     SR    
Zeeshan Siddiqui     c Fernando b Sandri     3     23     0     0     13.04    
Ghazanfar Iqbal     b Marage     27     41     2     1     65.85    
VS Wategaonkar*     not out     31     61     2     0     50.81    
A Ramesh     c †Patrizi b Crowley     14     37     1     0     37.83    
Jatinder Singh     not out     18     14     4     0     128.57    
    Extras     (b 8, lb 2, w 8, nb 1)     19                    
                       
    Total     (3 wickets; 29.1 overs)     112     (3.84 runs per over)
Did not bat Aamir Kaleem, HJ Mehta, M Ansari, RJ Ranpura, Amir Ali, Sultan Ahmed†
Fall of wickets 1-25 (Zeeshan Siddiqui, 6.5 ov), 2-53 (Ghazanfar Iqbal, 13.2 ov), 3-87 (Ramesh, 24.2 ov)
                               
    Bowling     O     M     R     W     Econ        
    GRD Munasinghe     3     1     11     0     3.66     (1w)    
    V Pennazza     6     0     24     0     4.00     (1nb, 3w)    
CS Sandri     10.1     1     38     1     3.73     (2w)    
DA Marage     5     1     18     1     3.60     (1w)    
DG Crowley     5     1     11     1     2.20     (1w)    

Match details
Toss Italy, who chose to bat
Points Oman 2, Italy 0
Player of the match Aamir Kaleem (Oman)
Umpires RK Illingworth (England) and S Taylor (United States of America)
Match referee DT Jukes (England)
Reserve umpire K Gibbons

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Captains ready for Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3Six teams go head-to-head on the road to the ICC Cricket World Cup

The six captains participating in Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 spoke of their excitement and anticipation at a press conference today, ahead of the start of the event in Bermuda tomorrow.

Bermuda, Italy, Nepal, Oman, Uganda and the USA will lock horns for a chance to finish in the top two and progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which will be held in New Zealand in 2014 and feature 10 of the leading Associate and Affiliate teams.The top two sides from the New Zealand event will then advance to the ICC's flagship event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, where they will compete against the ten Full Members on a global stage.

Bermuda captain Stephen Outerbridge says the opportunity for qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 puts some pressure on the host team.  "In 2007, Bermuda did play in the World Cup in the West Indies, so we do have that pressure coming into this event.  But at the end of the day we have to play good cricket no matter what division we are in.  So we just look forward to the next few days and hopefully it all comes in our favour."Having recently finished second at the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship, the left hander feels his side is well prepared for the event on home soil. "I think the Board has given us ample opportunity to prepare for this tournament.  We did also go to Barbados in February and then we did play in the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship and then a few games against the US, so I think we've shaped up well for this tournament.

Uganda captain Davis Arinaitwe, whose side is facing the host in its first match, is strongly motivated to win immediate promotion from Division 3, having been relegated from Division 2 in 2011. "As a team we feel we're here because of one game we lost in Division 2.  As a unit we feel, because we are young and the kind of cricket we play, we're good enough to go out there and be competitive just like in any other game."The 26-year old off-spinner says his side is focusing on playing good cricket rather than the possibility of advancing to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: "The brand of cricket we play is kind of 'entertainment' cricket.  We want to keep things simple as well, but ideally we want to go out and win every kind of game that we play. We're not looking to put pressure on ourselves with the fact that it is a qualifying event or that there is relegation at stake.  Just to go out there - this is Bermuda, it is a beautiful country - so let's go out and enjoy it."

Alessandro Bonora, the skipper of the only European side in the tournament, Italy, is looking forward to a tough week of cricket against familiar teams: "It's quite nice in a way to return to Division 3 because we see quite a lot of familiar faces - Nepal, Oman, USA - we've played against each other quite a lot recently, and Bermuda in Dubai in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier 2012."Returning to Division 3 after finishing fourth at the last event, the 34-year-old top-order batsman is confident that his squad has the experience to do well, despite the extra pressure of playing for an opportunity to advance to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: "We definitely think about the qualification opportunity, as I am sure all the teams do.  But we have been together for a long time. We know our games plans and we know that this group of players can implement them consistently."

Vaibhav Wategaonkar, captain of Oman, is confident that his side is prepared for a challenging week on the pitch. "It's a good opportunity for us to play well in the tournament, and we'll play match by match and see how it goes in the tournament."The left-hander says his side is well equipped to do one better than last time, when it finished third in Division 3 and narrowly missed out on promotion: "We have a good team, and we have done well at the last Division 3 tournament, so I'm hoping for the best this year.""We have been working hard for the last three to four months, and we came here early - 10 days prior to the tournament.  The boys are doing well and I am happy with their performance," he continued.

For Nepal captain Paras Khadka, there is no extra pressure despite the opportunities to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: "Playing for your country is always an opportunity as well as pressure.  You should be ready to handle that.  We've been playing well, and if we play to our potential, things should take care of themselves."The all-rounder, who was named Player of the Tournament at the recent ACC Twenty20 Cup 2013, believes his side is well prepared for the tournament in which every match counts: "As a team, we've been playing pretty well.  But it's the start of a new tournament and you can't take anyone lightly.  The higher we move up the WCL Division ladder, it's more competitive, so as a team, we've been playing well, but it's cricket - you have to go and perform from ball one.  In the World Cricket League, what we've seen is that you have to play every match with the same intensity.  A match here, a match there, you never know the results.  So, we'll take it one game at a time."

USA captain Steve Massiah acknowledged that the tough week ahead won't be made any easier by the thoughts of qualifying for the ICC's flagship 50-over event in 2015.  "Absolutely, the team thinks about what is at stake, and I'd like to take this opportunity to wish the five other competing nations all the best.  I think there's a lot at stake and also a lot of motivation for each team competing here."The 33-year old middle-order batsman was delighted to be playing alongside regional rival, Bermuda, who the USA recently defeated to win the ICC Americas Division 1 Championship. "I'd like to take this opportunity to wish Bermuda the very best - being that they, like us, are hoping to represent the Americas, I think that is great for the Americas region that we have two representatives here at Division 3."Massiah believes that the USA squad contains a good mixture of youth and experience.  "We've been blooding the young players for a while and hoping that they will come through.  I think it's a good mixture of experience and a lot of exciting young players who look forward to the opportunity and obviously the opportunity is here for each and every one to fulfill our dreams which is to play in an ICC Cricket World Cup."

On Sunday 28 April, Uganda will lock horns with host Bermuda at the National Sports Stadium, Italy will face Oman at St. David's, and Nepal will face USA at Somerset CC.  All matches start at 1030 local time.

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Partenza per la prima partita. Si gioca con l'Oman a St. David"s

mercoledì 24 aprile 2013

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Italy, Nepal and Uganda pursue a spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015Top two teams from Pepsi ICC WCL Division 3 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014

Italy captain Alessandro Bonora: "I will be incredibly proud if we can take it a step further to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014"Nepal captain Paras Khadka: "Playing in an ICC Cricket World Cup is our greatest and only dream"

Uganda captain Davis Arinaitwe: "Qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier brings our dream of playing in a World Cup closer"Italy, Nepal and Uganda are arriving in Bermuda for the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3, the latest step on the road to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.

They are three of six teams that will come together this weekend (28 April) to compete for the chance to lift the WCL Division 3 trophy and get closer to ICC's flagship global event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.The top two sides of the WCL Division 3 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which will be held in New Zealand in 2014 and feature 10 of the leading Associate and Affiliate teams. 
The top two sides from the New Zealand event will then advance to the 14-team ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, where they will join the 10 Full Members.Italy captain Alessandro Bonora says his team is prepared for a tough week of cricket. "As a player you know you are going to come up against tough and consistent opposition and it will no doubt be a rarified and exciting week of cricket, I hope I can step up and hit form early in tournament. I hope we all can. It will be a tremendous honour for all of us to represent Italy and I will be incredibly proud if we can take it a step further to the 2014 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier," he said.The 34-year-old top-order batsman is confident that his squad has the experience as a team unit to perform well in Bermuda. "Most of the squad had come to the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier and to Hong Kong before that in the last 50-over WCL event."So, we have been together for a long time. We know our games plans and we know that this group of players can implement them consistently," he added.Having finished fourth in WCL Division 3 in 2011 and 10th at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE in 2012, Bonora wants his side to learn from its experiences against the top Associate and Affiliate teams. "In Dubai, we believed we had a hugely competitive team and proved that to a certain extent."We were consistent and dangerous but didn't have that explosive edge to cause a killer blow to a really big team. That taught us a number of lessons about ourselves and how really good teams play the game and we will take that knowledge and confidence with us to Bermuda. The next step for us is to turn it up a gear."Nepal captain Paras Khadka, who has represented Nepal in three ICC U19 World Cups - 2004, 2006 and 2008 - says his team dreams of qualification to the ICC Cricket World Cup."We know that opponents will challenge us in every department of the game as all the teams in Bermuda will be competitive. Knowing the fact that it could take us to the pathway to glory, we are taking this very seriously and will give all we have to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier."We are really looking forward for the tournament and are preparing ourselves in the best possible manner with the available resources. Each and every player in the team has come through the domestic system and we have devoted lots of time and effort to climb the ICC rankings; certainly, playing in an ICC Cricket World Cup is our greatest and only dream," said the all-rounder.Having won promotion to WCL Division 3 after winning WCL Division 4 undefeated in 2012, Khadka is confident of his side's capabilities. "We believe that we are good enough to be in the top six Associate countries. So we will push ourselves to the maximum to reach to main qualifier," he concluded.Uganda captain Davis Arinaitwe says his side is motivated by the chance to gain promotion to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier and play against the top Associate and Affiliate sides."Qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier brings our dream of playing in a World Cup closer, but also allows us a good opportunity to tussle it out with the top Associates and Affiliates who are more experienced. That allows us play freely with the underdog tag," he said.The 26-year-old off-spinner says his side also wants to gain immediate promotion from WCL Division 3, having moved between WCL Divisions 2 and 3 over the past few years: "It's a massive tournament for us not just as players but as a cricketing nation and we will look to take one game at a time and exploit our massive experience in WCL Division 3."As a player, it's a very defining event that could decide my cricket career direction and I would really be looking to further my career, so I will do anything and everything to keep pursuing my career to an advanced level," he concluded.On Sunday 28 April, Italy will face Oman at St. David's, Uganda will lock horns with host Bermuda at the National Sports Stadium, and Nepal will face USA at Somerset CC.

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martedì 23 aprile 2013

Il compleanno di Dilan Fernando ARSAKULASURIYA



Tra allenamenti e partite amichevoe non ci si è dimenticati di festeggiare l compleanno di Dilan Fernando  ARSAKULASURIYA

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Bermuda, Oman and USA focused on qualification to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Top two teams of Pepsi ICC WCL Division 3 progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014

Bermuda captain Stephen Outerbridge: "I hope to deliver success for my team and country at this tournament"

Oman captain Vaibhav Wategaonkar: "If we qualify for the WCL Qualifier 2014, then we will get the chance to play against WCL Championship teams"

USA captain Steve Massiah: "I will do my very best to achieve the ultimate goal of progressing to the next stage of qualification"

For six Associate and Affiliate sides, the latest step on the road to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand is about to commence in Bermuda.

It is in Bermuda that Italy, Nepal, Oman, Uganda, USA and the host will come together this weekend (28 April) to compete in the Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3.

For the six teams competing, the tournament offers more than the chance to lift the trophy of a global event - it also offers the opportunity to advance to the ICC's flagship global event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

The top two sides will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which will be held in New Zealand in 2014 and feature 10 of the leading Associate and Affiliate teams.  The top two sides from the qualifying event will then advance to the 14-team ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, where they will compete against the 10 Full Members on a global stage in Australia and New Zealand.

As the teams start to arrive in Bermuda, Stephen Outerbridge, captain of the host team, says his team is firmly focused on a top two finish. "The team recognizes the importance of finishing in the top two of WCL Division 3 if they have aspiration of playing in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup," he said.

The 29-year-old is looking forward to the opportunity to display the great game as well as his side's skills on home soil. "As recently appointed captain of Bermuda I think this is a great opportunity for my team to showcase its talents on home soil with the support of family, friends and supporters. I am grateful for the trust that has been bestowed in me. I hope to deliver success for my team and country at this tournament."

In 2012, Bermuda finished 13th at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in the UAE, and, more recently, it finished second in the ICC Americas Division 1 2013. The right-hander believes his team can continue building on these results.

"I hope that everyone has learned from our previous disappointments, which should help us put together a string of positive team performances going forward."

Regional rival USA is arriving in Bermuda on the back of its successful campaign at the ICC Americas Division 1 2013, where it won all of its matches to finish the event undefeated.  USA won promotion to WCL Division 3 after finishing second in WCL Division 4 in September 2012.

USA captain Steve Massiah says his team is focused on finishing in the top two for a number of reasons. "WCL Division 3 is something that many players in US cricket have had as an ambition to participate in for some time now.  It is important to win promotion to ensure that the future of cricket in our country is strong and moving forward.  I will do my very best to achieve the ultimate goal of progressing to the next stage of qualification."

The 33-year-old, who was born in Guyana, believes that his side is well prepared for the event. "Our preparation for the tournament has been thorough and the team is looking forward to improving our professionalism on and off the ground."

Oman, which is returning to WCL Division 3 after finishing third in the event in 2011, has also arrived in Bermuda and captain Vaibhav Wategaonkar is looking forward to the event. He said: "This tournament means a lot to me, as I'm captaining the national side for the first time, and also it means a lot for the whole team.

"It's a big and very important opportunity for us. If we qualify for the WCL Qualifier 2014, then we will get the chance to play against WCL Championship teams, and playing against them is an enriching experience and also it helps us to show our talent on a bigger cricketing platform," Wategaonkar continued.

The left-hander says his side has the skill to do well at WCL Division 3. "We are a good side, a very talented side."

On the opening day of the tournament on Sunday 28 April, Bermuda will take on Uganda at the National Sports Stadium, Oman will face Italy at St. David's, and USA will face fellow WCL Division 4 graduate Nepal at Somerset CC.

Notes:

The fixtures for WCL Division 3 are as follows:

27 Apr - Practice
28 Apr - Bermuda v Uganda (National Sports Stadium), Italy v Oman (St. David's), Nepal v USA (Somerset CC)
29 Apr - Italy v USA (National Sports Stadium), Bermuda v Oman (St. David's), Nepal v Uganda (Somerset CC)
30 Apr - Rest/Reserve Day
1 May - Uganda v Italy (National Sports Stadium), Bermuda v Nepal (St. David's), Oman v USA (Somerset CC)
2 May - Nepal v Oman (National Sports Stadium), USA v Uganda (St. David's), Bermuda v Italy
3 May - Rest/Reserve Day
4 May - Bermuda v USA (National Sports Stadium), Nepal v Italy (St. David's), Uganda v Oman (Somerset CC)
5 May - Final (National Sports Stadium), 3rd v 4th Play-off (St. David's), 5th v 6th Play-off (Somerset CC)
All matches are scheduled to start at 1030 local time

Amichevole ITALIA -Slezione Bermuda

Prima partita dell'ITALIA nella fase di preparazione del torneo. La Nazionale vince ma il risultato non conta. Dopo gli allenamenti bisognava mettersi in campo per una partita vera.
 
Italia 283/8 (50 overs) batte Selezione Bermuda 165/9 (50 overs)
Battuta
Damian Fernando (41) - D. Marage (15) - A. Bonora (1) - P. Petricola (41) - D. Crowley (32) - C. Sandri (44) - M. Raso (19 no) - F. Hussain (5) - V. Pennazza (4) - G. Munasinghe (33 no)

Lancio                    O      M      R      W
G. Munasinghe        5      1       13     0
V. Pennazza            7      0       37     1
Dilan S. Fernando    5      0       13     0
P. Petricola             4      0       16      1
D. Marage               9      3       14     3
C. Sandri                 8     0        31     1
L. Di Giglio              7      0       18      2


lunedì 22 aprile 2013

Terzo allenamento: nel blu dipinto di blu

Terzo allenamento, finalmente con la possibilitàdi usare un pitch, al Ragers Cricket Club.

Gli azzurri sullo sfondo azzurro della club house.

Intanto, in amichevole, l'Oman batte Bermuda ed il Nepal viene bloccato a Londra per problemi di visti.


domenica 21 aprile 2013

sabato 20 aprile 2013

Primo allenamento

Primo allenamento al campo Bailey, completamente contornato dal mare. Uno spettacolo magnifico...
Qualche disguido per la cena... rimediato entrando nel primo pub disponibile...

Un tetto sulla testa

Dopo 24 ore di viaggio la squadra e' arrivata a Bermuda.

Un tetto sulla teata per dormire. Un bagno dove lavarsi e.... una spiaggia dove riposarsi

martedì 16 aprile 2013

A pochi giorni dalla partenza

A pochi giorni dalla partenza...

Squads, match officials and fixtures announced for Pepsi ICC WCL Division 3



ICC MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dubai, 16 April 2013

Top two teams of Pepsi ICC WCL Division 3 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2014

Squads, match officials and fixtures announced for Pepsi ICC WCL Division 3


Tournament to be played from 28 April - 5 May 2013 in Bermuda

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the six squads that will travel to Bermuda for Pepsi ICC World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 from 28 April - 5 May 2013.

Italy, Nepal, Oman, Uganda, the USA and host Bermuda will compete not only for the opportunity to finish in the top two of the event, but to win the chance to advance all the way to the ICC's flagship event, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

The leading two sides from WCL Division 3 will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, which will be held in New Zealand in 2014 and feature 10 of the leading Associate and Affiliate teams.  The top two sides from the qualifying event will then advance to the 14-team ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, to be held in Australia and New Zealand, where they will compete against the ten Full Members on a global stage.

Pepsi ICC WCL Division 3 will be played on three grounds: National Sports Stadium, St. David's and Somerset CC.

Squads

Bermuda - Stephen Outerbridge (captain), Jason Anderson, Lionel Cann, Jekon Edness, Treadwell Gibbons, David Hemp, Malachi Jones, Greg Maybury, Tre Manders, Delray Rawlins, Jacobi Robinson, Curt Stovell, Rodney Trott and Janeiro Tucker

Italy - Alessandro Bonora (captain), Damian Graham Crowley, Gayashan De Silva Munasinghe, Luis Di Giglio, Dilan Fernando Arsakulasuriya, Fida Hussain, Dinidu Marage, Damian Muthunamagonnage Fernando, Andrew Northcote, Hayden Patrizi Dell'agnello, Vincenzo Pennazza, Peter Petricola, Michael Raso and Carl Sandri

Nepal - Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Prithu Baskota, Binod Bhandari, Amrit Bhattarai, Shakti Prasad Gauchan, Subash Prasa Khakurel, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Kumar Mandal, Basant Regmi, Sanjam Regmi, Chandra Sawad, Sharad Vesawkar and Rahul Kumar Vishwakarma

Oman - Vaibhav Wategaonkar (captain), Sultan Ahmed, Qais Al Said, Syed Amir Ali, Munis Ansari, Ghazanfar Iqbal, Syed Aamir Kaleem, Ajay Lalcheta, Sufyan Mahmood, Hemal Mehta, Nileshkumar Parmar, Rajesh Ranpura, Zeeshan Siddiqui and Jatinder Singh

Uganda - Davis Arinaitwe (captain), Benjamin Musoke, Roger Mukasa, Laurence Sematimba, Frank Nsubuga, Brian Masaba, Arthur Kyobe, Charles Waiswa, Michael Ndiko, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Henry Senyondo, Arthur Ziraba, Jonathan Sebanja and Richard Okia

USA - Steve Massiah (captain), Danial Ahmed, Timroy Allen, Orlando Baker, Barrington Bartley, Akeem Dodson, Muhammad Asad Ghous, Elmore Hutchinson, Naseer Jamali, Rashard Marshall, Neil Mcgarrell, Sushil Nadkarni, Japen Patel and Steven Taylor

Match officials

The match officials for the event include England's Richard Illingworth of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Umpires, who will also act as a mentor, helping to educate and guide the umpires throughout the tournament as part of the ongoing ICC initiative for umpire development outside the Full Members. He will be part of a team of officials from six countries. David Jukes will be the referee for the tournament.

The umpires are:

*         Richard Illingworth (England)
*         Courtney Young (Cayman Islands)
*         Roger Dill (Bermuda)
*         Steven Douglas (Bermuda)
*         Silvan Taylor (USA)
*         Niels Bagh (Denmark)
*         Viswanadan Kalidas (Malaysia)

Fixtures

27 April - Practice
28 April - Bermuda v Uganda (National Sports Stadium), Italy v Oman (St. David's), Nepal v USA (Somerset CC)
29 April - Italy v USA (National Sports Stadium), Bermuda v Oman (St. David's), Nepal v Uganda (Somerset CC)
30 April - Rest/Reserve Day
1 May - Uganda v Italy (National Sports Stadium), Bermuda v Nepal (St. David's), Oman v USA (Somerset CC)
2 May - Nepal v Oman (National Sports Stadium), USA v Uganda (St. David's), Bermuda v Italy
3 May - Rest/Reserve Day
4 May - Bermuda v USA (National Sports Stadium), Nepal v Italy (St. David's), Uganda v Oman (Somerset CC)
5 May - Final (National Sports Stadium), 3rd v 4th Play-off (St. David's), 5th v 6th Play-off (Somerset CC)

All matches are scheduled to start at 1030 local time

domenica 14 aprile 2013

Le foto delle squadre precedenti

Ecco un riassunto fotografico delle squadre che hanno partecipato alle varie edizioni della World Cricket League dal 2007 ed alle qualificazioni mondiali Twenty20.

Nazionale Italiana - World Cricket League 3 2007 - Darwin (Australia)
World Cricket League 3 2007 - Darwin (Australia)

Nazionale Italiana World Cricket League 3 2010 - Bologna (Italia)
 World Cricket League 3 2010 - Bologna (Italia)

Nazionale Italiana World Cricket League 3 2011 - Hong Kong
 World Cricket League 3 2011 - Hong Kong

ICC European T20 2011 - Jersey & Guernsey

Nazionale Italiana ICC World Cup Qualifier T20 2012 - Dubai (Emirati Arabi Uniti)
ICC World Cup Qualifier T20 2012 - Dubai (Emirati Arabi Uniti)

lunedì 1 aprile 2013

Il calendario delle partite

L'ICC ha reso pubblico il Calendario ufficiale delle gare per la World Cricket League - Division 3 - Bermuda 2013:

28 aprile
National Sports Stadium: Bermuda - Uganda

St. David's: ITALIA - Oman
Somerset CC: Nepal - U.S.A.

29 aprile
National Sports Stadium: ITALIA - U.S.A.
St. David's: Bermuda - Oman
Somerset CC: Nepal - Uganda

1 maggio
National Sports Stadium: Uganda - ITALIA
St. David's: Bermuda - Nepal
Somerset CC: Oman - U.S.A.

2 maggio
National Sports Stadium: Nepal - Oman
St. David's: U.S.A. - Uganda
Somerset CC: Bermuda - ITALIA

4 maggio
National Sports Stadium: Bermuda - U.S.A
St. David's: Nepal - ITALIA
Somerset CC: Uganda - Oman

5 maggio
National Sports Stadium: Finale 1°/2°
St. David's: Finale 3°/4°
Somerset CC: Finale 5°/6°