Wales 254-9 (50.0) Roberts 46, Edwards 42, Shah 36/Napier 3-39, North 2-35, Jeffries 1-27
USA 211-9 (50.00) Kennedy 56*, Trujillo 35, Pittman 33/Khan 4-27, E. Williams 1-14, Evans 1-29
Won by 43 runs
An opening stand of 82 by Shah and Edwards, two fours and a six from Roberts, our top seven batsmen all making double figures, off-spinner Khan striking with the first delivery of each of his first two overs, leg-spinner E. Williams conceding just 14 runs from his ten overs and all six bowlers used claiming at least one wicket… saw us bounce back from the Test drubbing and go 1-0 up in the ODI series.
Wales 188 (36.2) Thomas 54*, E.Williams 34, Hughes 28/Kennedy 4-28, Jeffries 2-15, North 2-41
USA 173 (45.2) Trujillo 64, Morrison 26, North 20/E.Williams 4-22, Alexander 2-15, Evans 2-48
Won by 15 runs
We recovered from 44-5 to post 188 then bowled out USA for 173 after they’d been 80-2 and 129-4. Despite dropping Trujillo on 38, Alexander later stepping over the rope when taking a catch and some atrocious fielding from our fatigued bowlers, we secured a second consecutive ODI series win with a game to spare. Wicketkeeper Rhodri Thomas, having top scored with 54 not out, held no less than six catches in the match.
USA 220-8 (50.0) Trujillo 88, Sanders 33, Napier 25*/Hughes 3-14, Khan 2-5, Roberts 1-22
Wales 181 (36.1) Thomas 34*(?), Shah 30, E.Williams 29/Suarez 5-16, North (?) 2-??, Hampton 1-21
Lost by 39 runs
Won the series 2-1
Having already won the series, we opted to field first in order to challenge ourselves. USA made use of us resting opening bowler Rhys Evans and utilising some part-time bowlers to reach 124-2 before slow-left-armer Cai Hughes (3-14) turned the tide. He claimed the prize scalp of Trujillo (88) as the hosts collapsed to 174-8. Gloveman Rhodri Thomas added another five catches to his tour tally but an unbroken stand of 46 between host captain Napier (25*) and Kennedy (17*) lifted USA to a competitive total.
We then collapsed from 55-0 to 181 all out and that was despite the help of 29 extras! USA made three changes to their playing XI and the incoming personnel made their team stronger. Though we didn’t succumb to a rash of poor shots, I was extremely disappointed with our batting collapse. In hindsight, we should’ve batted first, in which case I’m confident that we would’ve clinched a series whitewash. Remember that we also reduced USA to 174-8 only to allow them to reach 220.
Despite defeat in the final match, it was an excellent second successive ODI series win having previously beaten England. We’ve only lost ODIs once we’ve assumed an unassailable lead. It was our first series win of any kind away from home and an excellent riposte following our poor show in the Test match. Now it’s onto two T20Is in what should be some close encounters.
Disclaimer: Sorry but I had some serious issues with uploading photos following an iPhone update which also led to me losing the third ODI scorecard, hence it’s got a few ???. Also, I’ve never actually seen that film in full!