USA February 27, 2010

Thoughts turn to Italy

Lennox Cush

Lennox Cush

I’ve never had the chance to go to Italy and now - if selected - I’ll be heading off there this summer for Division 4.

Today was kind of bitter-sweet for us as although we’d already qualified for the next division, with an epic match yesterday, we still wanted to come out and win against Nepal again today.

Looking at yesterday’s match against Nepal, I think it was an excellent game. We executed our plans beautifully and our opening bowler Darlington and Shuja did really well and prior to the game the coach had asked the openers to get at least three wickets in the first 10 overs and they’d done in this game. Coach asked and they provided.

Looking at Nepal, they were on the back-foot early after we took some early wickets and unfortunately for them it was too hard to come back.

In comparison with today’s game we didn’t do half of what we were supposed to and as a batting side we didn’t handle the Nepal spinner Rahul at all well. Credit has to go to the young man though – he was the making of the Nepal side today and deservingly the Man of the Match.

It was a huge crowd today who cheered for good performances and it was incredible to play in front of something like 15,000 people today – the crowd were in good spirits and cheered good performances all round. It was really good for us to be able to play in front of such a huge audience and also live on national television here in Nepal.

It’s been a long month or so away from home so I’m very much looking forward to heading back to New York and seeing my family and relax a bit. Then it’s going to be time to focus on making sure I’m in the team that travels to Italy this summer.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • testli5504537 on March 3, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    Hi Mr. Cush

    I enjoyed the game of USA throught the tournament and I liked your behaviour towards the nepalese fan in the final. I realized that you are freindly and also have good personality.I also talked to few members in your squad namely Saurab Verma and Carl Wright.

    I hope Nepal and USA be the top two teams in division 4.

    From Nepal.

  • testli5504537 on March 1, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    We are the best and will definately secure the places for the ICC 2015 World Cup Cricket. It is also proudable for us because we always make a national team of local nepali citizen. Today all most all of the non test playing countries moving their cricket activity with foreign player and engage them on their National team also. I think Nepal is only one team who currently and in past also conducting the cricket game with in genuine local players.

  • testli5504537 on March 1, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    Nepal and The USA both qualify for Division four, n we want to c both at Division 3, congrates to Nepal n them as well

  • testli5504537 on March 1, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Organizers need to find a way to broadcast these matches to people outside the stadium. If not TV, use the internet and see the viewers/response it gets.

  • testli5504537 on February 28, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Hi lennox. It was a fine tournament just marred by the crowd incidence. I hope that incidence does not prevent international matches to be held in Nepal because Nepal still is the best place to play cricket for non test playing sides simply because of the crowd and the level of the interest. I do hope USA takes good memories from this tournament. we do like to apologize for the incidence. I hope both Nepal and USA do qualify for the division three.

  • testli5504537 on February 28, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    yup it was a fantastic crowd in the final . and raul did his magic to trumpet usa to 172.. anyway usa wasa achallanging side and proud that nepal won them by 5 wickets ... congras to both of them ..

  • testli5504537 on February 28, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    go lennox!! we stl emembr u in tile it cntrl sprts

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