Qayyum and Bernard Keep it Cool!

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Now admittedly Ealing born Imran Qayyum has been around the second XIs, played for the Unicorns and popped up in Pakistan but I think it’s fair to say that he and Canterbury born Hugh Bernard probably didn’t expect to make their List A debuts in Coolidge, Antigua.

Well you’d better believe it because that’s what happened, their Cricinfo profile pages will forever prove it…

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/637158.html

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/755017.html

Former coach Jimmy Adams was no doubt responsible for Kent being the team to make up the numbers in this year’s WICB Regional Super50. For the likes of England hopefuls Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Northeast and Matt Coles, it’s a great opportunity to gain some exposure on foreign soil and almost taste a flavour of international cricket. It’ll be interesting to see what affect this outing has on Kent’s performances come the English county season.

Of course it’s not that long ago (Well 2000-01) that England A, boosted by Ian Ward’s run-making exploits, turned out in the Busta Cup.

Perusing the WICB Regional Super50 squads there are some interesting names amongst the teams including Jonathan Foo (Guyana), fresh from playing in the Hong Kong T20 Blitz, Kamau Leverock (ICC Americas XI), nephew of both Dwayne Leverock…

… and of Canada’s Austin Codrington, Steven Taylor (Jamaica), i.e. not Americas XI, and Chesney Hughes (Leeward Islands), formerly of Derbyshire but now cap chasing trans atlantic.

http://www.windiescricket.com/news/regional-super-50

Amsterdam’s America Overcome Oman

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USA have won ICC World Cricket League Division Four after defeating table topping Oman by just 13 runs in the final in Los Angeles. Alex Amsterdam (You can guess what letter his two middle names begin with!) top scored for the Americans with exactly 50 but USA required some lower order contributions from Timroy Allen (45) and Jasdeep Singh (37 not out) to propel them to a competitive total. In reply to the host’s 208 Oman succumbed for 195, Zeeshan Siddiqui top scoring with 58 from 75 deliveries. Jasdeep Singh and Timil Patel both claimed three wickets to secure victory for USA and their captain Steven Taylor (No, not the former Newcastle United defender!)

USA winning is all very apt as Silly Point is on the verge of posting the long awaited and highly anticipated Stateside Smash article. Keep your eyes peeled over the next few hours as Silly Point presents the way forward for cricket Stateside.