Right-hander puts on 77 with Srinivasa Santhanam as US recovers from 61 for 5 in pursuit of 138
USA never got off the blocks in its chase, and, at 61 for 5 after 11.1 overs, a win seemed highly unlikely. But, Srinivasa Santhanam (28*) and Timroy Allen (50*) stitched together an unbeaten 77-run stand for the sixth wicket, to lead USA’s fightback and seal the win with a delivery to spare.
Commenting on his team’s win, McGarrell said, “Definitely Canada is our rival, they have beaten us a few times around, so I mentioned to the fellows before we started that this game was going to be a morale booster for us if we got over them. So it was exciting for us to win this one today”.
Speaking about Allen’s half-century, McGarrell said, “Yes, Timroy has been performing well for the USA, I played a couple of games with him before I became captain. He’s been batting pretty well for the USA all the time, so his performance was no exception today.”
“We have a lot to take from today’s game. We’ve seen how the wicket is playing, so we’ve got a fair idea of how we’ll go about playing Italy. Italy has a few ball-beaters in its team, so we just have to try and restrict them in terms of trying to hit the ball around.”
McGarrell said that it was disappointing when USA failed to qualify from the WCL Division 3 for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but added that the competition was a learning curve and hoped that it would be a stepping stone for the revival of cricket back home. “Definitely, it was disappointing not to qualify from WCL Division 3 for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, I think we have a lot to learn from that competition – you don’t just go and relax, you get in there and play right through to the end, so this is a stepping stone for redemption for the USA cricket team”, he said.