ICC Americas Division 1 December 1, 2008

USA claim Americas title

Cricinfo staff

USA beat Cayman Islands in a rain-interrupted match to clinch the ICC Americas Division 1. Does this victory point at a bright future for USA? Leave your comments below

A beaming Steve Massiah, the USA captain, with the trophy © ICC

In a rain-interrupted match at Brian Piccolo Park, USA clinched the title with an 87-run win Cayman Islands, thus finishing their campaign unbeaten. A commanding opening stand of 194 between Sushil Nadkarni and Carl Wright put the USA firmly in the driving seat, with Wright going on to make a brilliant 112 from 105 balls. Nadkarni, the player of the tournament, made 84 from 103 balls with 10 fours. Kevon Bazil bowled well in difficult conditions to take 4 for 75 as USA reached 289 for 6 in 49 overs. Rain interruptions curtailed Cayman Islands' response and the match was eventually called to a halt with them struggling on 65 for 4 in the 24th over.

At the Central Broward Regional Park stadium in Lauderhill, the eagerly awaited clash between Bermuda and Canada was eventually abandoned late in the day with no result possible. Showers and lashing winds scuppered any chance of completing the match. Canada reached 190 for 6 in their 42 overs, while Bermuda's chase was cut short with the score on 53 for 1.

Suriname have been the team to watch over the past week, but they couldn't compete against a strong Argentina side who walloped them with time to spare in Lauderhill. Suriname posted a respectable 190 thanks to Charles Douglas's 74-ball 53, while Arun Gokoel stroked 30. Diego Lord again showed his class in picking up 3 for 26 from 10 overs. Argentina welcomed back player-coach Hamish Barton at the top of the order and, together with Pablo Ferguson, put on 99 for the opening wicket to settle any nerves. Barton made 68 from 88 and Ferguson 43 off 91 balls, as Argentina reached their target in the 46th over in scoring for the loss of four wickets.

"I am very honored to have captained one of, if not the best, USA teams that ever walked on a cricket field," the delighted captain, Steve Massiah, said. "We dominated some games and fought hard for every ball from sometimes difficult situations against supposedly superior opposition in other games. It's vital now that we strive to continue playing at the highest level. Cricket in the USA is on the up, and there is no doubt that we have the potential to be a world-class team and cricketing nation in the future."

Team manager, Imran Khan, was understandably elated with the championship title. "The whole process of selecting, training and moulding this team was a huge success, and winning the championship proved that we hit on the right formula," he said. "The results are there for all to see. What we have accomplished in a few short weeks is a reflection of the direction USA cricket is taking. Together with coach Clayton Lambert, who did an outstanding job, our goal was to create a solid unit on and off the field, and we did as reflected by our results. This is a great day for USA cricket, and if we keep moving forward positively in a united manner, I'm sure is the first of many more successes to come."

Team Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR For Against
U.S.A. 4 4 0 0 0 16 +2.706 1023/187.5 548/200.0
Bermuda 4 3 1 0 0 12 +1.785 1019/200.0 662/200.0
Canada 4 3 1 0 0 12 +1.714 881/198.0 547/200.0
Cayman Islands 4 2 2 0 0 8 -0.358 574/171.0 743/200.0
Argentina 4 0 4 0 0 0 -1.669 708/200.0 968/185.5
Suriname 4 0 4 0 0 0 -4.558 292/200.0 1029/171.0

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  • Shawn on December 3, 2008, 7:09 GMT

    At least I'd be proud to be there, waving an American flag like crazy, even if I am alone. I don't think that's too fair, that we need to "wake up" and look at it as Americans, the thing is, I AM looking at it as an American, one trying to be open to new ideas and things, and in the US, cricket is definitely something new and different. Every major sporting organization in every country on this planet all stared the same way, as small, grassroots-type organizations which gradually spread and grew larger. All I'm saying is that this is a worthy cause that can be gotten behind and supported so that it can grow. It seems unfair to this team's hard work and playing ability to turn a blind eye to the sport as a whole simply because it isn't one of the US's "Big Four" sports, and that, therefore, makes it unworthy of support.

  • Tim on December 2, 2008, 16:00 GMT

    Yes, "run, played, and followed by foreigners." That's USA cricket to at "t" and anyone who thinks otherwise is in a state of denial. 40% of pro baseballers foreign born? Well, what percentage of USA cricketers are foreign born? Ninety? How many born-and-bred Americans are there in the USACA administration, now or in the past? Zilch! How many born-and-bred Americans follow cricket? Slightly more than zilch! As for smike88, if they ever hold a test match in this country you'll be the sole and solitary American in the stands. Time to wake up and look at this game as an American, not a galvanized foreigner.

  • Lloyd on December 2, 2008, 6:34 GMT

    "run,played and followed by foreigners"?I'm sure most of these players are American citizens, as I am,a follower. BTW 40 %& of Major League Baseball is Hispanic,born in places like Venezual,Dominican Rep etc. What is this nonsense about "ground level" support the game as it exists and make it grow -don't just critiscise with the same old arguements.Read the "Next step for cricket" at Cricket2012Games.com.

  • Shawn on December 2, 2008, 4:53 GMT

    As an "aspiring" cricketer who was born and raised on Baseball, I feel this win, no matter how small in the general scope of world cricket, is important for our national team's prominence and morale. I would love to one day be able to travel within my country's borders to see my national side play in a meaningful ODI or even better, a Test match. It is a long way off at this point, but success is success, and it cannot do anything more than give hope to the growing, loyal, and diverse fanbase United States cricket has already.

  • Shail on December 2, 2008, 4:49 GMT

    I congratulate USA TEAM on winning a well deserved tournament which am sure was not as easy as the point table reads. I have followed the scores and it was evident that in few games they really played very well and deserved to win this title. I would like to congratulate my Dallas County Cricket Club,DCCC teammate Orlando Baker for his fine performance in the tournament especially with ball and also Sushil Nadkarni from Houston. These two have really made Texas proud and I also congratulate all the members of USA team on this great achievement. I am sure this is just a beginning for a great future of USA Cricket.

  • Charles on December 2, 2008, 2:18 GMT

    Wow - USA with aspirations to be a world-class cricket power. Whaddya ya know. Maybe there will be Test matches here in my lifetime. Silly question, but is that manager THE Imran Khan?

  • Faisal on December 2, 2008, 2:09 GMT

    The USA cricket team doesn't interest any American's. It's basically run, played and followed by foreigners. If USA wants to get in the game and be competitive, they need to start at ground level to make real players.

  • Jatin on December 2, 2008, 0:08 GMT

    Yep, USA is better when evry one else are worse in this tournament. This win is no good in any terms as we are not devloping cricket in USA but feeding cricket interest limited to foreigners. Many player in this team is too old and don't even worth to send this team to next level in world show case. Last time when USA particpitaed in ICC champions trophy - we all know what was our show down.

    We need young team with many cricketers who are born here in USA. Till then USA worth nothing in cricket world. USA Must lower down their average player age for the team - so they can at least compete.

    Nadkarni (ex- First class cricketer from India) did well as it looks on records - but is there any other notable performance by any american born cricketer in this team?

    When India, Pakistan, Srilanka & Bangladesh started their test teams - Do they had team full of European players?

    If you are reading this, then ask your self what you are doing for cricket in USA?

  • dave on December 1, 2008, 21:55 GMT

    This tournament is about as crediable as claiming Brett Lee is back in form becaue he took wickets against a nation barely keeping its head above water on the international stage.

    Send these teams to the next u19 world cup, or over to play grade cricket in Australia. They will never get good enough to become test playing nations just playing against each other.

  • Tim on December 1, 2008, 18:57 GMT

    Too bad this is a meaningless tournament and that USA never plays like this in the WC qualifiers. Does raise real questions about the effectivness of ICC's Development Program. ICC's been shelling out thousands for Canada and Bermude in coaching, tournaments, facilities etc., and they both lose to a team that has had no ICC help the last two years. Another thing: did this gig attract any attention from the American public? Probably not so it didn't help the game within America one iota.

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