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