They have completed the first two games of this round against the USA, unfortunately losing both in tough encounters.
The first match was rain affected with the Barramundis facing a revised target of 165 off 23 overs in reply to the USA’s 9/251 (50), eventually going down by 5 runs finishing 6/159.
Aaron Jones with 77, Elmore Hutchinson 42 not out off 21 balls and Monank Patel 35 all batting well. Nosaina Pokana again led the bowling attack with 3/40 and Jason Kila also with 3/40.
In reply, the Barras kept close to the required run rate with CJ Amini playing a brilliant innings of 53 off only 34 balls and Captain Assad Vala 48 (50) but with CJ falling in the first ball of the last over our hopes faded in a frustrating match. Karima Gore was the standout with the ball for the US with 3/25 off his five overs.
In the return match last Friday, the USA won the toss and elected to bat with Nosaina and Jason again, snaring 3 wickets each and Lega Siaka grabbing two they restricted the US to a modest total of 177. Monank Patel top scoring with 66 and Elmore Hutchinson again doing damage late in the innings with 28 off 24 balls.
The Barras’ chase started well with a 31 run stand before losing Tony Ura for 19 quickly followed by Gaudi Toka. Apart from a 41 run stand between Vala (38) and Doriga, it was sadly a possession of wickets with Karima Gore (4/20) running through the middle order taking 3 wickets in one over to have US reeling at 7/88, and had broken the back of the Barras who were bowled out for 115 handing the US a 62 run victory.
The Barras will lament this game having the US 7/100 and not closing out the innings and then struggled against Gore, who has been the star bowler of the tournament so far, also causing havoc for the Namibian batsmen.
The Barramundis now look forward to a double header against Namibia to close off this round, desperate for two wins to start building momentum and confidence within the squad.