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Two wins out of two for USA and Uganda

USA, 254 for eight, beat Italy, 180 all out, by 74 runs

USA made it two wins out of two as they beat Italy yesterday at the National Sports Centre.

Winning the toss and electing to bat first, USA lost two wickets early with heavy hitter Steven Taylor (6) and Orlando Baker (2) falling before they had ten runs on the board.

Two big partnerships steadied the boat as captain Steve Massiah (51) and Sushil Nadkarni (73) put on 78 for the third wicket before Massiah was sent back to the pavilion.

The damage was to continue as Nadkarni and Rashard Marshall (39) put on 90 for the fourth wicket that propelled them to a formidable total. Timroy Allen was unbeaten on 51 when they completed their allotted overs.

Dilon Fernando Arsakulasuriya was the pick of the Italian bowlers, claiming three wickets, while Gayashan Munasinghe grabbed two wickets.

In reply, Andrew Northcote (41) and Peter Petricola (6) put on 57 for the third wicket, and Crowley (44) and Carl Sandri add 54 for the fourth wicket before Crowley departed and such did the Italians hopes of a win.

Sandri was the ninth wicket to fall, stumped by Taylor. Neil McGarrell took four wickets, and got help from Elmore Hutchinson who picked up three wickets and Muhammad Ghous who helped himself to two wickets.

“We did well to keep them at a reasonable total until the end when they went crazy, but we did well to focus on the task and it wasn’t until late in the innings that things started to turn in their favour and in the end we gave up too many runs,” said Sandri.

Uganda, 117 for four, beat Nepal, 116 all out, by six wickets

Uganda also made it two wins out of two with a straightforward victory over Nepal at Somerset Cricket yesterday.

Farnk Nsubuga, Bermuda’s chief tormentor in their opening match, was again in the thick of things, claiming three wickets for 25 runs, while skipper Davis Arinaitwe also grabbed three scalps for 12 runs.

Nepal got off to a good start with Subash Khakurel (5) and Pradeep Airee (24) putting on 33 runs before both fell in the space of seven balls.

The breakthrough was all the Africans needed, as Shakti Gauchan (21), Binod Bhandari (18) and Prithu Baskota (18) were the only others to make a valuable contribution as they only reached 116 in 44.2 overs.

In reply, Uganda were never in any real danger, although they did have a slight setback when Masaba (2) and fellow opener Arthur Kyobe (18) were dismissed.

They would reach the required total with minimal fuss in the end, with Roger Mukasa (49 not out) and Benjamin Musoke (22) putting on 57 for the third wicket.

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Published April 30, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 29, 2013 at 7:42 pm)

Two wins out of two for USA and Uganda

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