USA 87 for 7 after 16.5 overs. Mehdi 28* .Considering the wealth of talent in the USA, this is not good. The selecters need to rethink how they select – from older guys they’ve gone to a 16 year old.
Where is the wealth of experience that the 20 -25 year olds have ?
USA collapsing, after 11.2 overs 41 foor 5.
USA 26 for 1 after 6 overs. Aditya Mishra (GWU Alum) 10*
Jamaica 145 for 3
Adrian Gordon (NYU-Poly) bowled well and got 1 wicket, and took a catch.
Aditya Mishra (GWU Alum) opening batting for USA
Reporters: Shahaan Razak (UMiami), Saminda Siriwardena (St Cloud State) & Imran Sadick (FIU)
Today initiates the second day of this auspicious time in U.S. cricket history. USA and Jamaica played their second match of the weekend, and it turned out to be another loss for the Americans. There needs to be a new order in USA cricket because the older players on the American team are not producing at the level needed to be considered a contender in International cricket.
There is a major improvement in bringing in younger players such as Adrian Gordon (NYU-Poly), Andy Mohammed (TCI) and Aditya Mishra (GWU). The only way we will grow cricket in the US is to bring in more young talent. I am sure however that these young players will gain a tremendous amount from these veterans. But if we select a younger team and groom them for the next five years or so, as a long term investment, the benefits could prove to be tremendous for the future of USA cricket.
USA won the toss today and selected to field. The Jamaicans opened the batting with Pagan and Samuels. The young players did well today on the fielding side with Mishra (GWU) taking a catch and opening the batting for USA. Adrian Gordon (NYU-Poly) bowled well until his last over but saved a few boundaries and took a good catch at the boundary line. Hyatt came in for Jamaica and ignited a spark hitting balls all over the ground. He finished with 48 in a short amount of time. Samuels also finished with 52. Jamaica batted well and finished 145 for 3 after the first 20 overs.
Mishra (GWU) and Carl Wright opened the batting for USA. Richardson for Jamaica opened the bowling with a maiden which was not a good sign for the Americans. Wickets were falling left and right, and USA struggled in their batting. A bright light was a score of 28 by Mahdi who hit a 6 and a 4 in consecutive balls giving the crowd life. He received a standing ovation after the game. In the end, USA made a total of 98 for 9, losing by 47 runs.
In the end, Marlon Samuels was given the man of the match for Jamaica who bowled well and made a nice 52 not out. It is a breath of fresh air to see USA giving the youth of America a chance to play and I am sure they will make all of us proud in a very short while.
American College Cricket has done an impressive job in giving many young players exposure and opportunity through their various championships and this safe to say, a silver lining for the weekend.
Jamaica 145 for 3 off 20 overs. USA 98 for 9 off 20 overs