ICC WCL Division Four, 7th day August 21, 2010

Cush century takes USA to title triumph

Cricinfo staff

USA won the Division 4 title in emphatic fashion, demolishing Italy by eight wickets in Pianoro courtesy a Lennox Cush century that came in only 55 deliveries. The two teams had secured promotion to Division Three on Friday.

Chasing Italy's modest 185 for 9, Cush and Orlando Baker were in a hurry as they rattled up a 102-run stand in only 11 overs. Cush was dropped by Dilan Fernando off his own bowling off the first ball of the fourth over. He responded by pulling the next ball to the fine-leg boundary. A six over midwicket followed off the fifth ball and USA were on their way. Fernando was hit out of the attack, conceding 26 runs in three overs. The other bowlers did not fare better as Cush and Baker kept the onslaught going. Cush took 18 runs off a Hemantha Jayasena over, hitting him for a four and consecutive sixes.

Baker was dismissed by Peter Petricola after making 40 off 34 deliveries with six fours and a six. But there was no stopping Cush as he brought up his hundred in the 17th over. He was finally dismissed with the score on 166 after smashing 101 off only 57 deliveries with 14 fours and four sixes. Captain Steve Massiah was unbeaten on 28 off 26 deliveries, steering USA to victory in 21.4 overs.

Italy, who had chosen to bat, had started poorly, as Kevin Darlington struck twice to reduce them to 16 for 2. Adrian Gordon then removed the middle order taking 4 for 35, and Italy were reduced to 116 for 8 despite Petricola's fighting 42. Gayashan Munasinghe and Roshendra Abeywickrama added 51 runs in a ninth-wicket stand that enabled Italy to reach a fighting total. However, given the mood Cush was in, the target of 186 was never going to trouble USA.

Meanwhile, USA wicketkeeper Carl Wright has been reprimanded by the ICC match referee David Jukes for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. Through his admission, Wright was found to have breached Article 2 Section 2.1.4 of the ICC Code, which relates to "using language or a gesture that is obscene, offensive or insulting during an International Match". "I hope Mr Wright has learned that there is no place for this type of behaviour anywhere near the game. I also trust that in future, he will be more courteous and pay others the respect they deserve for their efforts," Jukes said.

Nepal crushed Tanzania by 10 wickets in the third-place play-off in Medicina, dismissing them for 73 and then knocking off the runs in 12.3 overs.

The only thing that went right for Tanzania was the toss, and they chose to bat. A disciplined Nepal bowling attack kept up the pressure throughout, wickets fell at regular intervals - including the last five for three runs - and Tanzania were bowled out for 73 in 39.3 overs. All the bowlers were among the wickets and Shakti Gauchan was the most successful of them with 3 for 10 off nine overs. Issa Kikasi was the only Tanzanian batsman to put up some resistance, top-scoring with 32 off 72 deliveries.

The Nepal openers made short work of the chase, Anil Mandal smashing an unbeaten 47 off 40 deliveries with four fours and three sixes while Mahesh Chhetri remained unbeaten on 24 off 35 with three fours and a six.

Cayman Islands won the fifth-place play-off in Navile, brushing aside Argentina by seven wickets after having restricted them to 182 for 9.

Opener Ramon Sealy set up the chase for Cayman Islands, top-scoring with 60 off 57 deliveries with seven fours and three sixes. By the time he was out, only 81 runs were needed with 33 overs remaining. Saheed Mohamed and Ryan Bovell needed only 75 deliveries to knock off those runs. Mohamed was unbeaten on 42 off 44 deliveries while Bovell remained unbeaten on 33 off 37.

Argentina had earlier struggled to 182 for 9, having elected to bat. Opener Carlos Gibson steadied the innings with a patient 45 off 116 deliveries but Argentina were badly hit after he had to leave the field due to an injury. Three run-outs didn't help their cause either. Several batsmen got starts but failed to convert as Cayman Islands kept things tight.

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  • santosh on August 23, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    ya men we are proud of our own players......

  • Dummy4 on August 22, 2010, 23:00 GMT

    USA and Italy, which got promotion to Div 3 are full of imported players, Indians, West Indians and Srilankans are there in their team so they have very little of their own in this progress. Should cricket be played by only Indians, Pakistanis, West Indians and Srilankans whatever country it be? Why cannot these emerging nations produce own kids for playing cricket? Though Nepal is third, we have all native home grown players, so we, Nepalese are proud of our guys.

  • Lukesh on August 22, 2010, 13:21 GMT

    @YoBro How do you think cricket is gonna become popular in those countries. Expats introduce the sport and slowly it gains momentum among the locals.

  • Jashanpreet on August 22, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Great going US. Nepal just missed it. I wish Nepal would have qualified instead of Italy

  • Samarth on August 22, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Hey YoBro.. the complaint u have abt the composition of teams is unfounded. Pick up the history of any foreign sport, when it is introduced in a new country, it is mostly played by expatriates of the country where the game is popular.. the local population only takes it later.. and the speed of transition depends on the visibility of the game with the local population. As of now, judging by how americans are unaware of the game so far... the day cricket will be completely played by american (white and black for you) players is far in american cricket future. so relax.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Awesome. Nice to see the team can keep climbing the ladder until the ICC sees fit to ban us again and try to keep us down. No matter where they're from, wins on the field will result in notice off the field, which only will make the sport more noticeable in the country. And that's good for everyone.

  • Sunil on August 21, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    I realize that the teams are evolving and this is a start...but c'mon, most of these teams are not representative of the country's people! 80% of the team members are from current generation, India, SL, Pakistan and Africa. Essentially rejects from other countries who emigrated to US for their studies and goofed around instead of studying. What a waste of time!

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2010, 17:52 GMT

    USA definitely deserved this victory..they played hard. I am proud of you guys!

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