All-round Samuels helps Jamaica to clean sweep
Jamaica 141 for 6 (Samuels 36, Morgan 37) beat United States of America 122 for 5 (Massiah 47, Samuels 2-18) by 19 runs
The series result was on expected lines as United States of America failed to register a win in each of their three matches against Jamaica. USA captain Steve Massiah raised hopes of a win for the hosts but Jamaica won the second and final Twenty20 by 19 runs in Lauderhill. Marlon Samuels made a satisfying return to competitive cricket with a brisk 36 and took two wickets in an all-round performance for Jamaica.
Opening the innings, Samuels batted till the 15th over and was involved in stands of 40 and 43 with Dean Morgan and Shawn Findlay respectively. Samuels made a 34-ball 36 with three fours, before he was caught and bowled by Timroy Allen. Allen also claimed the wicket of Findlay, who hit three sixes in his 37. Lennox Cush picked up a couple of middle-order wickets but Jamaica accelerated to push the score to 141.
USA made a steady start to the chase as their openers added 49. Much depended on their captain Massiah, who was well set and approaching a fifty. He took USA to 90 by the 14th over but couldn't carry on after scoring 47. A double-strike by Samuels got Jamaica right back in the contest and the hosts failed to capitalise on the good start provided by their captain. They were restricted to 122 in their 20 overs.