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as USA defeated Canada by 112 runs at Maple Leaf CC in King City, Ontario, on day one of the ICC Americas Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier.

Pic (Right): Goordial-John was named Player of the Match [File photo]

Canada won the toss and elected to field first. Left-handed wicketkeeper-batsman Monique Mathee opened the batting for USA along with captain Durga Das. The two put 29 runs on the board before Mathee was dismissed in the eighth over by Saniyah Zia for 5.

That set the stage for Goordial-John to come in at number three and take away the match from Canada. The captain and player-coach teamed up to add 91 runs for the second wicket with Das bringing up her half-century along the way. Das fell for 53 in 91 balls with seven fours and the platform was set for USA to keep the pressure on Canada.

Goordial-John delivered the goods for USA as she struck six boundaries in her knock which ate up 118 deliveries in just over two and a half hours at the crease. She finally fell in the 47th over to Mahwish Khan, but the damage had been done as USA was sitting pretty at 205 for 6. They managed to tack on another 21 runs before the innings was finished and it proved to be more than enough to defend.

Shondell Ward ripped apart the Canadian top order, claiming the first four wickets of the chase to leave Canada reeling at 12 for 4 in the sixth over. Among the four was the vital scalp of captain Mona Persaud, who was caught behind for a second-ball duck.

The next three wickets fell courtesy of run outs. Mikaela Turik and Suthershini Sivanantham attempted to lead a recovery, posting 43 runs for the fifth wicket in the biggest partnership of the innings for Canada. Suthershini was run out for 13 in the 17th over and Turik for a top-score of 40 in the 25th over to tilt the match back in USA’s favor.

Ward got her fifth by clean bowling the number eight Khan for 10 to make it 113 for 9 in the 36th before the match ended one over later when Helene Gaffney was run out for 12 as Canada finished all out for 114 in 37.2 overs. Ward finished with 5 for 20 in six overs.

USA has a chance to clinch a spot in next year’s ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Bangladesh if they can beat Canada in their second 50-over clash on Wednesday. Canada must win on Wednesday to have any chance of advancing to Bangladesh or else Friday’s match between the two sides will be a dead rubber.

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