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Italy beat BCB XI on Duckworth/Lewis

Italy 180-7; BCB XI 92-3

Italy defeated a Bermuda Cricket Board (BCB) XI by 20 runs on Duckworth/Lewis in a rain-hit World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3 warm up that was reduced to 35 overs at Sea Breeze Oval yesterday.

The local side were 92 for three after 25 overs in reply to Italy’s total of 180 for 7 when heavy downpours sent players running for shelter.

Unbeaten at the crease when proceedings came to a grinding halt due to the inclement weather were St David’s Islanders Chris Foggo (35) and OJ Pitcher (44), who added 74 runs for the fourth wicket after the BCB XI had slumped to 18 for 3.

The local side found themselves in early trouble after losing senior national team trio Jason Anderson (0), Treadwell Gibbons (0) and David Hemp (2) cheaply.

Foggo and Pitcher steadied the ship but just as they began to accelerate the run rate in the closing overs the heavens opened up and promptly ended the match.

Both batsmen batted sensibly under pressure, rotating the strike with some excellent running between the stumps and dispatching any loose bowling with authority.

Pitcher, who gave a difficult chance at long on while on 27, blasted four fours and a six in his 59-ball innings. Foggo lashed five fours and a six and faced 68 deliveries.

Italian new ball pair Gayashan De Silva Munasinghe (2-13) and Vincenzo Pennazza (1-10) accounted for the BCB XI wickets to tumble.

Earlier, Italy received solid contributions throughout the order on the way to posting a challenging total.

Opening pair Andrew Northcote (23) and Dinidu Marage (32) got their team off to a bright start after producing 57 runs for the first wicket before Kyle Hodsoll (1-40) made the breakthrough when he had Northcote caught behind.

Northcote’s dismissal triggered a slide as Italy lost four additional wickets in the space of 34 runs as second and third change bowlers Lateef Trott (3-30) and Pitcher (2-32) plucked the heart out of the visitors’ top order to leave them wobbling at 95 for five.

Middle order bats Damian Fernando (37) and Hayden Dell’agnello (35) eventually halted the slide in a 60 run sixth wicket stand that put the Italians back on course to post a challenging total.

Carl Sandri (9) and Michael Raso (1) were at the crease when Italy’s innings came to a close.

In another practice match yesterday, USA hammered Uganda by 186 runs at Southampton Oval.

Led by a century from skipper Steve Massiah (104 retired) and half centuries from Orlando Baker (63 retired) and Steven Taylor (54), USA piled up 304 for four in their allotted 50 overs. Richard Okia (2-26) was the most successful Ugandan bowler.

In reply, Uganda were dismissed for 118 in 37.2 overs with Benjamin Musoke leading the run chase with 48.

Akeem Dodson (3-8) was the pick of USA’s bowlers.

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Published April 27, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm)

Italy beat BCB XI on Duckworth/Lewis

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