Canada v United States of America, Auty Cup, King City July 28, 2013

Canada take honours in Auty Cup double-header

ESPNcricinfo staff

In the Sunday double-header, Canada prevailed on both occasions, with a disciplined bowling effort from Canada's bowlers helping them to a five-wicket win over United States of America in the first T20 match in King City. USA chose to bat, but lost regular wickets through the course of their innings. Only four batsmen were able to get into double digits as all of Canada's bowlers struck at least once. Henry Osinde picked up figures of 2 for 23, as USA reached 106 for 9 in their 20 overs.

Canada's innings started in a similar fashion, with Rizwan Cheema out for 9 with the score on 18. However, Ruvindu Gunasekera and Usman Limbada put together a 41-run partnership to steady the innings. Gunasekera, who has been in prolific form, top-scored for Canada once again with 58 off 50 balls, as Canada reached their target inside of 17 overs.

In their second match, Canada once again had the better of USA with a 78-run victory. Canada batted first, with openers Gunasekera and Cheema putting on 63 in just over five overs. Once Cheema fell, Nitish Kumar and Gunasekera put on a further 56 runs to put Canada in the ascendancy. Each of Canada's batsmen got into double digits as they posted 189 for 5. Timil Patel had best figures of 3 for 40.

Facing a steep target, USA's chase came undone in the first couple of overs itself as they struggled to maintain the required rate while safeguarding their wickets. Only wicketkeeper Akeem Dodson played an innings of note, with his 44 off 36 balls. Salman Nazar's 3 for 27, Harvir Baidwan's 2 for 25 and Junaid Siddiqui's 2 for 32 ensured USA were unable to make a decent fist of the chase.

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  • Dummy4 on August 1, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    The U.S. doesn't have a program and I don't think we ever will until we start prioritizing bringing on coaching from overseas to hit our high expat populations in NY, California, Texas, Florida, and Illinois. The fact that USACA is not even addressing development shows that they haven't a clue what they're doing. If I were running USACA the first thing I would do is start bringing coaching from England and the West Indies. The second step is to create more NCAA cricket programs. As of current there is just one, at Haverford. I estimate that there are at least two to three schools in Florida that could support one, two in California, two in Illinois, and one in Texas, let alone the NY schools. The United States has too many other sports to do this easily-if we want quality American cricket, we will have to work to get it.

  • Dummy4 on July 31, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Congrats Canada, Hope they will be able to show the same momentum against UAE and Netherlands in their upcoming matches... They have to practice hard as their rivals are so strong sides

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Coach of the team Gus Logie was very optimistic his players will make a big impact and also shared that the boys have shown tremendous improvements over the past several months. Canada will be up against UAE and Netherlands and he is very much confident they will continue with same momentum..

  • Jay on July 30, 2013, 0:59 GMT

    As a Canadian, it ALWAYS feels good to beat the Americans. In any sport, Canada is happy to beat the USA. We always do it in hockey, now it's in cricket. Hopefully, in the near future, Canada can get ODI status. They are definitely improving.

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    Canada played to their tru potential....the batting came to the fore in both versions while the bolwing was also admirable....congratulations Canada...

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    The gap between Canada and the USA was already wide. The USA is probably one of the most under achieving teams in associate cricket. With the wealth of immigrant players at its disposal, there is no excuse for its performances. And what makes it worse is that Canada has actually dipped in form over the past few years as it has been dealing with a variety of deeper issues.

  • Baskar on July 29, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Congrats to Canada. The gap between Canada and US is getting wider. Clearly the Canadian development programs are working whereas the US does even have one. Sad.

  • Dummy4 on July 29, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Dodson was not the keeper in these matches- it was Taylor

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