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nine-wicket win over Canada on Wednesday at Maple Leaf CC in King City, Ontario.

Wicketkeeper Monique Mathee was named Player of the Match after she finished 70 not out leading USA’s chase of 135 to go along with three dismissals behind the stumps.

Pic (Right):  Monique Mathee was 70 not out [File Photo – Courtesy USA Women’s Cricket Team Video]

USA won the toss and elected to field first, hoping to heap the pressure on Canada. The home team got off to a decent start with a 33-run partnership for the first wicket between Monali Patel and Kim Coulter. Patel was run out for 13 by USA player-coach Indomatie Goordial-John and that sparked a swift top order collapse.

Once again, Canada captain Mona Persaud fell to Shondell Ward without scoring before Ward had Coulter caught behind for 10 to make it 38 for 3 in the 14th over. Doris Francis then came on to bowl and accounted for the next three Canadian wickets to fall before Mahwish Khan was run out for none to make it 76 for 7 in the 35th over.

For the second day in a row, Mikaela Turik top-scored for Canada as she added 38 for the ninth wicket with Helene Gaffney, Canada’s biggest partnership of the innings. Goordial-John caught Turik for 32 off the bowling of Joan Alexander-Serrano to make it 122 for 9 before Goordial-John wrapped up the innings when Mathee completed a stumping to dismiss Saniyah Zia for 2 as Canada was bowled out for 135 in 48.4 overs.

Doris Francis finished with the best figures for USA, taking 3 for 16 in 10 overs with three maidens. Goordial-John kept things tight for the second day in a row with 1 for 21 in 9.4 overs. She has been the only USA bowler over the first two matches to not bowl a wide.

Canada had a brief glimmer of hope when USA captain Durga Das was bowled by Zia for 2 with the score on 19 in the 10th over. However, Goordial-John joined Mathee and the two brought USA over the line with 11 overs to spare in an unbroken second-wicket partnership of 117. Mathee scored her 70 off 123 balls including seven boundaries while Goordial-John scored 36 in 84 balls with one four.

The series continues on Friday in a dead rubber 50-over match between the two sides before concluding on Saturday with a pair of Twenty20 matches that have no bearing on the outcome of the tournament but will give an opportunity for the players to develop more experience in the format.

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