After an eventful day in WLC Division 2, the cricket team of United States of America has managed to secure ODI status for the first time in history. The team defeated Honk Kong by 84 runs to achieve the goal set not very long ago.
“As a team we have worked really hard for the last two and half years and we have targeted this tournament. The boys are feeling great, it is a big achievement as the USA have never been to this level before and we are very happy to be in (ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup) League 2,” said USA Coach Pubudu Dassanayake, former international cricketer.
The victory came on the back of opener Xavier Marshall’s magnificent century, which drove the team to a tremendous 280/8 at the end of 50 overs. Albeit Honk Kong began a good chase, it was two important wickets by slow left-arm spinner Karima Gore that restricted the team to 196/7.
Earlier USA had defeated Papa New Guinea and Namibia in the tournament. Moving on the top four teams of the tournament will join Netherlands, Scotland and Nepal and UAE – who already hold a temporary ODI status.
Other than USA, Oman also secured ODI status at the WLC Division 2 tournament, being held in Namibia.